What about that Church Music…

This is a timely post, at least for myself, because yesterday, I found myself talking to a friend about this very issue, in which I said essentially the same thing as…

Many of our evangelical churches are non-creedal. That is, we do not have formal, written creeds or statements of faith that we learn in a catechism class or repeat in church.  For most Pentecostals, Baptists and other Free Church evangelicals, the hymn book served as our book of beliefs; singing hymns and gospel songs was how we passed the faith (in terms of beliefs and symbols) along to the young.

I believe the cessation of singing hymns and gospel songs has greatly contributed to the general ignorance of doctrine and biblical images and symbols among evangelicals who grew up in the 1980s and since…..

Changing the subject: church music | Roger E Olson.


You can find the lyrics for the above tune here.

I don’t mind the Crabb Family, etc… (although often times, songs are used to elicit certain behaviors) but so many congregations are going into ‘canned’ singing with choruses which simply repeated with a few words, over and over and over again. Hymns, in my opinion, are meant to be theological and corporate, uniting the voices of the congregation, even the terrible ones, such as myself.

Soon, we’ll have nothing about Mark‘s call to worship…

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7 Replies to “What about that Church Music…”

  1. The contemporary state of most Christian music now can be described as insipid, uninspired and theologically bankrupt. Much has to do with the wholesale trashing of all that was good in hymnals and prayer books. Non-Creedal Christians learned their theology from their hymnals in times past, they accompanied them to and from church with their Bibles in many cases and in most cases had a timeless quality, at least the good hymnals. Nice thoughts as always Joel.

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