Monthly Archives: January 2009

More from NT Wright

On Worship:

To enjoy worship for its own sake, or simply out of a cultural appreciation of the ‘performance’ (whether Byrd or heavy rock), would be like Moses coming upon a burning bush and deciding to cook his lunch on it.

NT Wright
For All God’s Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church, p. 74.

NT Wright on the Trinity

In his book, For All God’s Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church, NT Wright remarks on the Trinity:

[W]hen you stand in front of this picture [the doctrine of the Trinity], the picture not of a strait-laced doctrine but of the humanized God, you realize, with Isaiah, that all geography, politics, religion, and astronomy is like so much stubble, like a bunch of twittering grasshoppers.

See more at Google Books.

Theology of a Minor Key

Zach Nielsen wrote today about singing the Gospel in a minor key.

Quoting from Steven J. Nichols:

For many American evangelicals, life is always like having spring or summer without winter or fall. Or always Easter and never Good Friday. Not everything, however—in life or in the Bible—plays out in a major key… A theology in a minor key embraces what we so often go to extremes to avoid… the harshness and frailty of life, the presence of sin and evil, the shortcomings and limitations of humanity.

Read more at Take Your Vitamin Z.

New address for CyberHymnal

The CyberHymnal has moved to a new host. The previous host is unwilling to give up the domain name.

Amazing Words! Amazing Grace

I found Samuel Medley’s hymn “O what amazing words of grace” in the Gadsby Hymnal (#987). Here is a new arrangement of that hymn, along with a refrain that I’ve written. My goal was to write something in the vein of Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN. It’s probably the most conventional sounding arrangement that I’ve written.

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O what amazing words of grace
Are in the gospel found!
Suited to every sinner’s case
Who knows the joyful sound.

Poor, sinful, thirsty, fainting souls
Are freely welcome here;
Salvation like a river rolls,
Abundant, free, and clear.

Amazing words! Amazing grace!
That Jesus lived and died in my place.
Amazing peace! Amazing love!
He rose again and reigns in heaven above.

Come, then, with all your wants and wounds,
Your every burden bring;
Here love, eternal love, abounds,
A deep celestial spring.

This spring with living water flows,
And living joy imparts;
Come, thirsty souls, your wants disclose,
And drink with thankful hearts.

To sinners poor, like me and you,
He says he’ll freely give,
Come, thirsty souls, and prove it true,
Drink, and for ever live.

To him, who gives our souls to feel
The drawings of his love,
Be constant praise, while here we dwell,
And nobler songs above.

At the Name of Jesus

Here is another Reason arrangement. This is a modern setting of Ralph Vaughan William’s tune King’s Weston for the hymn “At the Name of Jesus” (words by Caroline M. Noel). This is my absolute favorite hymn tune in the original setting and hopefully this arrangement does it justice.

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