Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Does God Call Music Teachers? Part 2


Does God Call Music Teachers? Part 2

Of special interest is a reference in Ephesians 4:11 where pastors and teachers (poimen, didaskolos 4166 1320) are referred to as one instead of different callings.  Because of this reference some believe that being a teacher is a concomitant gift of a pastoral calling rather than a separate calling.  The fact that God endows some pastors with the gift of teaching does not preclude God calling others to be teachers.  It seems perfectly clear from I Corinthians 12:28 where the inspired writer is careful to include teachers among the various classifications of callings. The words “God hath set” clearly indicate that God places (tithemi, 5087) or calls Christians into these several ministries including those who are called with specifity to be teachers without any indication that they are also pastors.

Also noteworthy is Romans 12:6-8 where it states, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”  Among the long list of gifts that Christians are given by the grace of God, teaching is specifically included.


 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Thought for the Day


Thought for the Day
You can tell what a pastor really believes about musicing unto God by listening to what he puts up with musically from his worship leader.

Graduates Cannot Teach What They Do Not Know-part 3


Graduates Cannot Teach What They Do Not Know-part 3
            The problem is not fitting such courses into the general education portion of broad based general education, but rather a lack of the belief that every student must have an understanding of what the Bible teaches about music and musicing and have such knowledge interwoven into his or her philosophy of music.  Accrediting associations give accredited member colleges much more general education freedom than many college academic officers will admit.  However, even if there is not much variety in general education curriculums, Christian colleges can always require some Bible based music courses as a part of all professional programs. 
            Music has become the “war department” in multitudes of churches in the last half of the 20th century and now in the second decade of this century.  Every church deserves to have a senior pastor and a minister of music that both have a thorough understanding of Bible principles of music and musicing.  Furthermore, these pastors and ministers of music must be able to utilize this knowledge in a well-developed Bible based ministry philosophy.  Churches cannot expect secular universities to provide Bible based curricular offerings for pastors and ministers of music. However, they have the right to expect Christian colleges and universities to provide and require such offerings of each of their graduates.  If this were to happen, much of the shared ignorance would cease, and Churches would be much better equipped to face this post postmodern world. 

 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Scripture for the Day


Scripture for the Day
Ro 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day
You can tell what a pastor really believes about musicing unto God by listening to what he puts up with musically from his worship leader.

 

Graduates Cannot Teach What They Do Not Know-part 2


Graduates Cannot Teach What They Do Not Know-part 2
            Yesterday we began this series of posts by citing some of the problems that are facing public music worship today.  Because so many Bible Colleges and a host of Christian universities have been more concerned with liberal arts education than a thorough Bible based Christian education, many undergraduate curriculums are now devoid of any required courses in Music of the Bible and Music Philosophy taught from a bible based Christian perspective.  Although Christian Colleges and universities would adamantly deny it, they have allowed the world to completely influence their broad based undergraduate curriculum decisions.  Although they blame accreditation requirements for the lack of Bible bases music courses in general and professional education curriculums for all students, this is not a fact.
            For instance, they have chosen courses like Art Appreciation, Fine arts Appreciation, and general Music Appreciation which could have been replaced with course like Music Philosophy in Christian Perspective, Philosophy of Music Worship, Music of the Bible, and a Host of other courses such as the History of Music Worship. I know, after working with different Christian and secular accrediting agencies in the US that Christian Colleges can make the above curriculum decisions in their undergraduate general education programs.  So, accredited undergraduate Christian colleges and universities are without excuse when they ignore Bible based music courses that are acceptable as fine arts general education. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Quote for the Day

Quote for the Day
Romans 1:28, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”

 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Different Methods of Thinking

Different Methods of Thinking
I found this quotation which I find thought provoking.  “… there is a needless prejudice in our society for "objective" over "subjective" thinking. Carl Jung was wiser. He understood that both are equally valid perspectives of human thought. The only difference is that objective cognitive processes are turned outward, subjective cognitive processes are turned inward - it is not a question of one kind being more reliable or more accurate than the other. The processes have to do with how we take in information and how we then decide based on that information.”  by Michael Levy http://ancientlyre.com/the_original_3000_year_old_music_of_the_bible_revealed/

Friday, June 24, 2016

Thought for the Day


Thought for the Day
I am always surprised that some Christians who say that a Christian musician should music unto God without emotion yell their heads off at a ball game.

If You’re Saved and You Know It


If You’re Saved and You Know It
                Have you ever thought about why some musician’s musicing is more effective than others?  There are several reasons that include the performer’s natural (developed) musical talent and the performer’s visual appearance which can add very much to the believability a musical performance.  A bland emotionless expression while musicing the good news of the gospel message actually hinders its message and effectiveness.  Standing before a congregation of worshipers and muscing without emotion belies the earnestness of the message that a performing musician is attempting to communicate.
            There are a host of things that could be mentioned about things that can make a musician’s sacred musicing effective.  However, the thing that makes the most difference is relationship with Jesus Christ.  One has said that there is a great difference between a musician who sing songs about God and a musician who sings songs about God who knows God.  Although I do not believe that sacred musicing is about emotion, I do believe that a person who knows and loves the God he or she musics about will sing or play with emotion and meaning.  Do you remember the children’s song “If You’re Saved and You Know It”?  That that little song mentions several things for the children to do.  I would like to add one more for adult Christian musicians to do.  It is “If you’re saved and you know it show your face!