Validating a measure of temperament
Matthew 1:5-6 Ruth 4:1-22 Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David.- Matthew 1:5-6 TODAY IN THE WORD On their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1992, Thomas and Ann Johnson recalled how they met and married.But even then, it’s a remix that requires melodic jujitsu to keep up with the quicker pace and fancier chord progressions. Some readers will laugh, others will cry with empathy, while others will try to burn it – perhaps not the wisest thing to do with an e-book, but so long as they don’t use any four-letter words, I suppose it’s all good.One distinguishing mark of the worship music of centuries past is that it generally focused more on content than today’s simplisitc style. Jesus had the legal authority to claim the throne of David. After all, Jesus' descent from David implied being in the family of Abraham.Here Matthew reveals part of the grand story of the gospel. But you wouldn’t know it on Sunday morning when I visit your church. I’m sure many churches, maybe even yours, get it right. My experiences with modern worship music in evangelical Christianity often leaves me not just silent, but wondering if I should be joining George Bailey in making a quick exit from the agony. And just when I think that maybe it’s just me having a selfish and sinful attitude — a very real possibility — a flamboyant electrical guitar solo breaks out.
As we shall see tomorrow, this last part of the genealogy provides significant evidence of the true nature of Jesus Christ.
Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure the theology in some of those camp songs was more advanced than the ones I’ve heard in some of your services. Yes, there’s a place for repetition in worship — if the words are really that good or pulled directly from Scripture, but even that can be overdone. I confess I don’t have a well-developed strategy for modern worship. I’m just a guy in the pews, a husband, father, and former pastor, frustrated that I just don’t feel like singing by the time the worship music worship your musical talents instead of our musical God.
But, hey, everybody else seems to be really, really enjoying it so maybe it’s just me. The first time we sang the simplistic ditty, I could tolerate it though I thought the infinite God of all creation deserved better. Is endlessly repeating the same chorus a sign of deep meditation or shallow creativity? I don’t like what I’ve been feeling in your church. Am I the only one to have this problem or have some of you been faking it too?
I know I’m painting with a broad brush here because there have been some really, really (is this helping? Yet without it, the church has little reason for existing.
) awesome songs written in the last two decades that deserve a place on the all-time worship songs list. Maybe because they’re Oh, I know, every so often you toss a token “hymn” (meaning written within the last century or so) into the mix. This book is a collection of truth-telling essays, comedic rants, and open letters offered with a twist of humor and sarcasm in the hope of focusing attention on real church issues that are often ignored.