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The Impact of Global Christian Music in Worship

With Roberta R. King on May 30, 2012
The global tapestry of Christian music in the twenty-first century is weaving the strands of our lives together in stunning new ways. In the music of worship, the narratives of our lives are gathered up together as one before the throne of God. Centuries ago, the Psalmist declared, “All nations will come and worship before you, O God” (Ps. 86:9). Increased travel, large numbers of immigrants, and the changing sociological make-up of the evangelical church in North America make the Psalmist’s long-anticipated reality one that is literally emerging within our churches as never before..... [More]

Abraham Goes Senufo: Communicating the Scriptures through Song (Côte d’Ivoire)

With Dr. Roberta R. King on May 30, 2012
As we pulled into the northern town of Ferkessédougou, Côte d’Ivoire, I thought, What a providential time for a New Song Workshop designed to set the life of Abraham to song! The community was preparing for Tabaski, a celebration of the life of Abraham, with emphasis on God’s requiring him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, per their tradition. Known as the “Big Feast,” sheep and goats would be slaughtered and then feasted upon at the end of a formal worship ritual. [More]

Blessed Are the Musical Peacemakers

With Dr. Roberta R. King on May 1, 2012
The scene is April, 2009, Beirut—a city known as a Middle Eastern theater of national and interfaith conflicts that have repeatedly played out, including the infamous 15-year civil war (1975–1990) ascribed to peoples of differing faith traditions. Yet there they sat on the chapel stage: a Muslim sheik, a Christian Orthodox priest, and the Classical Arab Music Ensemble of Beirut. The instrumentalists included an Orthodox believer playing the Arab violin, a Lebanese qannun (Middle Eastern zither) player, and an Egyptian Muslim playing on the ‘ud (lute).... A hush fell upon the crowd as the Muslim sheik raised his voice to begin narrating the story of the Annunciation. [More]

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Blessed Are the Musical Peacemakers

With Dr. Roberta R. King on May 1, 2012
The scene is April, 2009, Beirut—a city known as a Middle Eastern theater of national and interfaith conflicts that have repeatedly played out, including the infamous 15-year civil war (1975–1990) ascribed to peoples of differing faith traditions. Yet there they sat on the chapel stage: a Muslim sheik, a Christian Orthodox priest, and the Classical Arab Music Ensemble of Beirut. The instrumentalists included an Orthodox believer playing the Arab violin, a Lebanese qannun (Middle Eastern zither) player, and an Egyptian Muslim playing on the ‘ud (lute).... A hush fell upon the crowd as the Muslim sheik raised his voice to begin narrating the story of the Annunciation. [More]

Abraham Goes Senufo: Communicating the Scriptures through Song (Côte d’Ivoire)

With Dr. Roberta R. King on May 30, 2012
As we pulled into the northern town of Ferkessédougou, Côte d’Ivoire, I thought, What a providential time for a New Song Workshop designed to set the life of Abraham to song! The community was preparing for Tabaski, a celebration of the life of Abraham, with emphasis on God’s requiring him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, per their tradition. Known as the “Big Feast,” sheep and goats would be slaughtered and then feasted upon at the end of a formal worship ritual. [More]

The Impact of Global Christian Music in Worship

With Roberta R. King on May 30, 2012
The global tapestry of Christian music in the twenty-first century is weaving the strands of our lives together in stunning new ways. In the music of worship, the narratives of our lives are gathered up together as one before the throne of God. Centuries ago, the Psalmist declared, “All nations will come and worship before you, O God” (Ps. 86:9). Increased travel, large numbers of immigrants, and the changing sociological make-up of the evangelical church in North America make the Psalmist’s long-anticipated reality one that is literally emerging within our churches as never before..... [More]
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