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

The Gurgling Gullet of Modern Religious Self-Confession (Barth on Hymnody)

 Tucked away in I.2 of Barth's Church Dogmatics is a little section on hymnody.  It is one of Barth's running footnotes (in smaller print) in his discussion on the subjective aspect of the Holy Spirit in revelation and man (I.2, Part III.16.2).  The section is quite long, so I'll have to paraphrase it. First, Barth talks… Continue reading The Gurgling Gullet of Modern Religious Self-Confession (Barth on Hymnody)

The Misery and Menace of Mindless Christianity

From the human side of things, one major reason why I'm a Christian is because it makes sense to me intellectually.  Many false religions often meet emotional needs to some extent (i.e. the Mormon burning in the bosom or the Buddhist's inner tranquility), but none of them are as intellectually coherent and logical as the Christian faith.  This is one of many… Continue reading The Misery and Menace of Mindless Christianity

Singing and the Perspicuity of Scripture (II)

Awhile back I argued that we need to update the vocab, syntax, and grammar of our church songs.  We should want our church songs to clearly reflect the teaching of Scripture; keeping the language understandable will help in that endeavor. The basis of these statements is what we in the Reformation tradition call the perspicuity (clarity) of… Continue reading Singing and the Perspicuity of Scripture (II)