In a world full of chaos, Christians must learn to be still and stop being part of the problem.
Music for Holy Week: Fernando Ortega’s “The Crucifixion of Jesus”
Despite my deep love of music, I seldom write music reviews, largely because I listen to classical music 90% of the time, and I just don’t have the corner on classical music reviews. But I also listen to worship music, and every once in a blue moon an album will so impress me that I…
Was there really “no room in the inn” for Jesus?
When Jesus was born, was there really “no room in the inn?” Some years ago the work of Kenneth Bailey, a Christian scholar who spent most of his life living in the Middle East, challenged my thinking on this point. I have since become fully convinced of his interpretation that there is in fact no…
Singing Christmas Music During Advent
A few thoughts on why flexibility on the church calendar during Advent may be in order
Children in Church: Habits for Eternity
This essay available as a pdf here. A Typical Sunday Last Sunday my family went to church as we always do on Sundays. I am the music minister at our church, so I was standing at the front of the sanctuary during a brief period of silence before Communion when I heard a small but…
“Let the Children Come Unto Me” – Reflections on Infant Baptism
Why infant baptism makes sense, and how most Protestant traditions implicitly accept the assumptions of infant baptism in practice.