Questions on Music ?

hymns 2Comparing Hymns and Contemporary Worship Songs

As most of you know, I believe wholeheartedly that a healthy church chooses congregational songs with theologically rich text and well-crafted, singable music. This is part one of a three part discussion on some of the differences between hymnody and contemporary worship songs.

The Problem

     Protestant denominations have been singing people since the days of the Reformation. Their hymns represented the mettle and fortitude they displayed in breaking away from the religious establishment (Roman Catholic church), and forging ahead in their new faith traditions. The American versions of these faith traditions initially carried on the mantle of hymnody, with much content being shared between denominational lines. In many churches today, hymns and hymnals remain, either as a vital piece of corporate worship practices or as a sentimental nod to the past.

In other churches, including churches in most if not all major denominations, there has been a decided shift . . . .
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Warning – a Biblical Review of The Hunger Games ?

hunger game books     “This know also . . . that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy . . . without natural affection (toward parents, spouse or children), trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (without any self-control), fierce . . . . despisers of those that are good !”     II Timothy 3:1-5

THE HUNGER GAMES is a dark movie where viewers literally watch children kill each other in bloody fashion. With its humanist worldview, THE HUNGER GAMES has no depiction of God or the supernatural world. It’s all up to the movie’s heroine to win the game, but she has to lie and hurt other people to win. Based on a popular book, THE HUNGER GAMES is a science fiction thriller with a big budget. That means even more young people will see it. THE HUNGER GAMES is one movie that parents might want their children to avoid.”
The Hunger Games: Dehumanizing Humanism MovieGuide.org
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The Narrow Way – youth conference

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is good; but an evil man out of the evil of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil . . . For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh !

And why call ye Me Lord, Lord (Sovereign King), and yet do not the things which I say ? . . . For many will say unto Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied (spoken under inspiration) in Thy name? and in Thy name cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I confess unto them, I never knew you . . . !”     Luke 6:45-46, Matthew 7:13-23 & ref: John 17:3