Self-Absorbed in Worship? (Boice)

 We've all heard the contemporary praise song that says "I will" more than a few times.   Phrases like "I will celebrate," "I will sing to God," "I will praise God," are sung and repeated many times in the same song.   Here are James Montgomery Boice's comments on such a song: The chorus seems to… Continue reading Self-Absorbed in Worship? (Boice)

You Are What You Sing

 Note: This is a slightly edited repost from September, 2010. If you’ve been to an average American church, no doubt you know what a cheesy Christian song is all about.  From “Shine Jesus Shine” to "From The Inside Out" to “I Can Only Imagine,” solid theology is out and emotions and feelings are in.   I… Continue reading You Are What You Sing

A Heavenly (Dreamy?) Boyfriend

 This praise song that David Wells critiqued in the 1990's shows how much modern Christian music 1) lacks biblical doctrine, 2) privatizes and individualizes faith, 3) thrives on sentimentality, experience, and emotion, 4) exhibits feminization and juvenilization, and 5) views God or Jesus as a heavenly boyfriend.  Here it is (and please note - songs… Continue reading A Heavenly (Dreamy?) Boyfriend