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Why Do We Sing In Church?

13937815_10154007536976725_405577530640927386_oI get it. You don’t like music in general. Or you don’t like the music selected for a particular worship service. Or you find some of it hard to sing along to for whatever reason. And so you ask a reasonable question:

Why do we need to sing in church anyway?

Oh sure, you understand why we have things like readings from the Bible and sermons. God’s truth changes lives. And so it only makes sense that we need to read that truth in the Bible and be taught what it means and how it applies to our lives. So far so good.

And you might acknowledge that praying makes sense as well. After all, who doesn’t need God’s guidance and help for all kinds of things? You might even think that it’s good for us to admit to God all the ways we blow it with him and with others. And so you don’t normally have a problem with praying in church either.

Still, none of this necessarily has to involve music or singing. And yet, pretty much every church throughout history has regularly included those things. How come?

Let me suggest at least two reasons:

Thoughts From the 2015 T/F Film Fest

One of the qualities of a good film, whether fiction or documentary, is it’s ability to reflect something of reality—of the world and experiences we all inhabit. And after thinking through the documentaries I was able to catch Columbia’s own True/False Film Fest over the last few days, I’m struck by a couple of common threads that wound their way through much of what I saw.

First, Christian theologians have often made much of the fact that human beings are, fundamentally speaking, worshippers. That is, we have to give our lives to something: if not God, then something or someone else. This reality was on display in some form in every film I attended.

Second, most everyone who has ever looked in a mirror has recognized that humanity is a flawed enterprise. Each one of us in falls short of the best we have to offer, and we do so in ways that range from mundane to astonishing, from humorous to tragic. Again, film after film illustrated the point.

To flesh these things out a bit more, I thought I’d include a few more specific thoughts about a handful of the films (listed in alphabetical order) I was able to see:

Point of Focus: Everyone’s a Music Critic

Everyone tends to have opinions about music in church. This month’s Point of Focus has a few thoughts on how to smooth the edges of your inner critic.

Getting Ready for Sunday Oct. 5th at The Crossing

Prepare

Worship on a Sunday starts before Sunday morning. That’s true not just for the band and the pastor and tech crew but for all of us. When you prepare ahead of time, you are getting yourself in the right frame of mind and heart. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage in advance, see the song list, and get yourself ready. You can see some of the rationale here.