Tag: Praise and Worship


Bad Theology in the “New” Doxology?


New doesn't necessarily mean improved. This is certainly the case for "The New Doxology" by Gateway Worship. The first verse of the new one is the same as that of the old one, but they've added a chorus. This recent fad of taking some of the greatest hymns of the Christian faith...

Cervantes and Praise Songs


I find it difficult to praise Him, while singing Hillsong's "Praise Him." I'm reading Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel De Cervantes. I came across the passage today where the Cannon discusses the inferiority of the popular books of chivalry whose authors write "without paying any attention to good...

Is there a problem with Revelation Song, or with me?


I love "Revelation Song" by Jennie Lee Riddle. But there's this one line that I wonder about every time I sing it. All the lines but one contributes to a the feeling of being overwhelmed by the incredible vision the Apostle John describes in the heavenly throne room where innumerable...

The Dom in Salzburg — It’s not about ME


Attending mass in the Salzburg Cathedral was the most memorable experience of a wonderful trip to Europe this summer.  The building's interior was beautifully ornate, but not gaudy.  The music included organ, orchestra and, I think, more than one choir.  Add to that, awareness that this was the very church...

Praise Songs: Pronouns


Should we ban the use of he pronouns "you," "I" and "me" in our praise and worship songs? Of course not, but the songs we sing on Sunday are full of them and they shouldn't be.  They reveal how we understand God and others and the world, but they also reinforce the...

Praise Songs: Central Purpose


I teach senior English and early in every term, I assign a paragraph.  Usually it's some simple literary analysis.  I don't even need to look at them to know that 60% of them will read like a tangled fishing line.  For many, the best we can hope for is that all the...

Praise Songs and Higher Times


I know that I said I would look at praise and worship songs as an English teacher, but I'm cheating and looking at praise and worship songs wearing a philosophical hat. In a recent post, David Murrow explains "[w]hy men have stopped singing in church."  He says that there are...

Praise Songs: Meaningful Metaphors


Katheryn Scott's "At the Foot of the Cross" contains these words: Trade these ashes in for beauty And wear forgiveness like a crown Coming to kiss the feet of mercy I lay every burden down At the foot of the cross  I've sang this song quite a few times and...

An English Teacher Looks at Praise and Worship Songs


One of the things we do in church is sing.  I love singing.  When I was a kid I didn't; I think I must have driven the Sunday school teachers crazy.   I was one of a group of boys who delighted in changing the lyrics of the Sunday school songs...