Category Archives: Music and Theology

Let Us Not Orphan Ourselves

As a professional musician and a Christian with at least a small amount of formal theological training, I am more than a little interested in the musical practices of the church, both within and beyond corporate worship. In a previous … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Doctrine, Music, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Practical Christianity, T. David Gordon, Theology, Worship

Introducing H.R. Rookmaaker (1922-1977)

In the four years that I have been writing this blog I have regularly referred to the works of Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984) as being formative not only for the cultivation of my own identity and worldview as (at least I … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Christian Education, Christian Worldview, Church, Doctrine of Vocation, Francis Schaeffer, H.R. Rookmaaker, Higher Education, Music and Theology, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Reading and Study, Society, Theology, Truth

Musical Ability is Not Fixed

For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Daily Routine, Education, Higher Education, Music, Music and Theology, Pedagogy, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass

Finding Strength in Weakness: A Comparison Between Brass Playing and the Christian Life

  Weakness is your friend. Strength is your enemy. Blow air, don’t ‘support’ it. –Arnold Jacobs (1915-1998) Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm … Continue reading

Posted in Arnold Jacobs, Assurance, Music and Theology, Pedagogy, Practical Christianity, Salvation, Teaching Low Brass

Distraction: A Problem for Musicians, A Problem for Christians, and Probably a Problem for Everyone Else, Too

While I use most weeks’ posts to write about some aspect of brass playing, teaching, or musicianship, at the end of each month I turn to writing regarding my avocational interest in Christian theology. Given the exponentially greater traffic that … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Music and Theology, Performing, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Prayer, Reading and Study, Teaching Low Brass

Why I Don’t Have a “Church Job”

I am a weirdo, and everyone that knows me at all knows that to be the case. I am a conservative Christian who happily (well, usually) works as an academic musician, moving in professional worlds where few of my colleagues … Continue reading

Posted in Career Choices, Music and Theology, Music and Worship

Book Review: Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything by Steve DeWitt

As a music professor, a performing trombonist, and a Christian, I continually seek books that address fulfilling or considering my vocation in a God-glorifying manner. Books about “Christian music” are common, but often limited to discussing corporate worship, rarely inviting … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Book Reviews, Books, Christian Worldview, Doctrine, Doctrine of Vocation, Music, Music and Theology, Practical Christianity, Theology