Category Archives: Music and Theology

Remember Why You Do This

Having now spent over twenty uninterrupted years in university music departments as a student or faculty member, I have observed and have come to expect certain rhythms of life which are more or less uniform at all of the institutions … Continue reading

Posted in Beauty, Career Choices, Education, Higher Education, Music, Music and Theology, Music Education, Performing, Practical Christianity, Teaching Low Brass

It’s Okay to “Go Through the Motions”

Several times in the past few weeks when I have asked students how they could have improved their performances of various playing assignments I have heard responses something like “Well, I could have put more emotion into it.” To be … Continue reading

Posted in Christ Presbyterian Church of Oxford, Christian Worldview, Lord's Day, Music, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Theology, Worship

When Contextualization Diminishes Meaning (Or, Missing that Sweet and Awful Place)

Over the past several years I have carved out an interesting role in planning and executing the musical elements of corporate worship at Christ Presbyterian Church in Oxford. Having long ago determined that I would rather spend most Sunday services … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Worship

Growth or Death?

I write this evening in the middle of what has been fairly satisfying weekend professionally. My students gave a fine performance of the national anthem at the Ole Miss Baseball game versus Mississippi State, and I have played one of … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Micah Everett, Music, Music and Theology, Performing, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Providence, Salvation, Teaching Low Brass, Theology, Trombone, Tuba

Appreciation of Beauty is Natural; Ignoring it is Learned

Today I’ve been coming down after a busy but enjoyable few days at the American Trombone Workshop (preparing for the trip is one reason I missed blogging last week), and haven’t been particularly productive. While scrolling through my Facebook feed … Continue reading

Posted in Beauty, Christian Worldview, Education, Music, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Performance Videos, Performing, Practical Christianity, Society

“…in Godliness with Contentment”

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. (Ecclesiastes 9:10) The end of the matter; all has been heard. … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Christian Worldview, Church, Doctrine, Doctrine of Vocation, Education, Higher Education, Micah Everett, Music, Music and Theology, Music Education, Pedagogy, Performing, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, The Future, Theology, University of Mississippi

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