Category Archives: Music and 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

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

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

Summer Activities Preview

It has been my habit to take a break from blogging during the summer and this year will be no different; after this post and another sometime next week I’m going to sign off until mid-August. Having been awarded tenure … Continue reading

Posted in Bass Trombone, Doubling, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, Micah Everett, Music, Music and Worship, Performances, Performing, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, The Low Brass Player's Guide to Doubling, TROMBONANZA, Trombone, Tuba, University of Mississippi

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

The Sabbath Principle and the (Christian) Musician, Part Two

This week I am concluding the thoughts begun in a post from November 29. Those that have not yet read that post should begin with it before returning to this one. You might have noticed that this post first appeared … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Sabbath, Confessionalism, D.A. Carson, Doctrine, Doctrine of Vocation, Lord's Day, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Theology

Fourteen New Year’s Ruminations for 2014

In the nearly eighteen months that I have been “blogging” I have already discovered that an occasional break from my weekly writing schedule is necessary and helpful. Indeed, this post comes in the middle of a “scheduled but unannounced” hiatus … Continue reading

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