Tag: praise music


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: 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...