• Beauty & the Gospel Article by Terry Yount

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2010

    In the modern era, beauty is unavoidably tied to the simplistic concept of “prettiness,” like that found in greeting card poems or velvet paintings of lighthouses. In truth, beauty is far more. Beauty reveals the gamut of human experience. True beauty is an ally of the gospel in that it parallels the human dilemma. In reality, a rose is beautiful, but it also has thorns. View Resource

  • Corporate Reverence Article by Gene Edward Veith

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2007

    The church growth movement mandates “contemporary worship” styles, which means, in practice, replacing hymns with “praise songs.” These consist of simple lyrical phrases, often repeated, set to a simple tune in the style of pop music. The problem with such songs is not that they are “contemporary.” In fact, the songs are often not all that contemporary. Many of them date from the 1970s. That is over three and one-half decades ago. Some go back nearly a half-century. These songs belong mainly to their parents’ generation. The specific set of praise songs a particular church-growth pastor chooses is … View Resource

  • The Good Life Article by Trip Lee

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2013

    I am a lover of hip hop. I fell in love with the music form when I was 10, and I’ve never been the same since. As a child and a teenager, when I wasn’t in class or asleep, I was listening to my favorite rappers. I hung on their every word, and they had a lot to say. Most rappers don’t intend to be teachers, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t learning. I listened closely to their ideas about the good life—and I liked what I heard. With albums in my CD player such … View Resource

  • Life and Worship Matters Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2010

    Many Christians are under the impression that worship is confined to those specific times of corporate worship when we’re singing. As such, churches have given titles such as “worship leader” or “worship team” to those leading us musically. Thus, people naturally conclude that the “worship” portions of the service take place exclusively when we’re singing. God’s Word, however, teaches us that singing is only one part of the worship service and that our prayers, affirmations, confessions of sin, Scripture readings, sermons, and singing are all parts of corporate worship. View Resource

  • More Than a Tale for Children Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2007

    I was raised in a family where singing was an important part of life. My mother was the adult-choir director for our church when I was growing up, and she also directed the “Son’s Singers” (the children’s choir). Sacred music was well-known in our house. In addition, my parents were also well-acquainted with the popular music of their youth, and it’s possible that no one knows obscure songs from the sixties better than they do.  Needless to say, I have inherited this love of song and generally appreciate all different kinds of music. I am particularly fond of musicals and … View Resource

  • The Service of Worship Article by Randall Van Meggelen

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2008

    I recently shared with my pastors that I attended a course in which the instructor encouraged the class of music directors to view ourselves not merely as musicians, but rather as “church” musicians. One of my pastors responded by suggesting that the word “churchman” should be reflected in any such description, while the other recommended “chief musician” as an appropriate designation. While the question over the best title is debatable, these gentlemen reveal a similar concern that the church musician is not simply performing music, but is ministering through music. I am quite confident that these same gentlemen also agree that … View Resource

  • Vehicles for Giving the Self: An Interview with Michael Card Article by Michael Card

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2011

    Tabletalk: Please tell us a little about the sort of ministry you are involved in these days. Michael Card: The ministry I am involved with these days is fundamentally the same one that’s been going on for thirty years: trying to facilitate biblical understanding through any means available to me. In the past this has been primarily through music, but increasingly I have more opportunities to simply teach, often in connection to concerts. TT: What project(s) are you working on currently? MC: I am currently working on volume 2 of a series on the Gospels called “The Biblical Imagination … View Resource