“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world,” wrote Martin Luther in the forward of a 1538 symphony by George Rhau.
“Music controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits,” Luther further observed. “The precious gift of music has been given to man alone that he might thereby remind himself that God has created man for the express purpose of praising and extolling God.” Continue reading
The late R. J. Stevens and his son, Tim, have done more for lifting and improving the praise worship of God’s people than any two men I’ve ever known.
But their work has gone beyond teaching the fundamentals of music, how to beat time, or pitch a song. They have reminded us of the why and the Who behind our praise.
Tim once observed that praise is not just an outward act. Praise stems from who we are. The inner person. The heart. Like the ancient poet, we should exclaim, “Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart! (PS 11:1). Continue reading
Yesterday was our first road trip since moving to the Lone Star state three weeks ago. And what a trip is was!
We left our home in Corinth, north of Dallas, about 9:15 on what should have been about a 5 hour drive with time to stop for lunch. We arrived 8 hours later.
The 30 mile obstacle course through Dallas, called I-35, is proving to be a daily adventure. Constant construction. Narrow lanes. Closed exits. Sudden stops. Rough pavement. Difficult to read signs. And, of course, always a crazy driver weaving in and out of traffic. These are to be expected as par for the course. Continue reading
This story is “as old as dirt” but I still like it!
A man visited a church one Sunday that was a more formal and liturgical church than he was used to attending. The church was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. That made it all the more obvious when this fellow got excited during the preacher’s sermon and shouted out “Praise the Lord!” Continue reading