David Taylor on the Psalms at #fantastical

Here is my final note post from David Crowder’s Fantastical Church Music Conference in Waco, TX, last week. This is from a break-out session with David Taylor entitled, “Singing the Ever-Renewing But Not Necessarily Straightforward New Song.” David is a PhD candidate at Duke and the author of For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts.

“It may indeed be said that the purpose of the Psalms is to turn the soul into a sort of burning bush.” – Stanley Jaki, Praying the Psalms

“I Know the Lord’s My Shepherd” – contemporary rendering of Psalm 23 to the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer” – unfitting

What does it mean to ‘be fitting’ with the text, music, congregational singing and setting

How do we think about the “fittingness” of new songs for congregational worship?

Three distinct meanings in the Psalter for the phrase “new song” with examples from current song writers

Criteria for selection of ‘new songs’ that are fitting:

  • Could my home church do this song?
  • Could the average person sing this (they might need to be taught it)?

Phrase “new song” found in the Psalter:Read More »

Bob Kauflin on Culture and Worship at #fantastical

Here are my notes from a break-out session at David Crowder’s Fantastical Church Music Conference by Bob Kauflin entitled: “The Functional Limits of Creativity – How Innovative Can We Be with the Gospel.”

1.       Can creativity exceed helpful balance?

2.       Can creativity turn from something helpful to something harmful?

3.       Has God put any limits on the music churches should use when they gather?


Thoughts on Creativity

Rob Bell on Words at #fantastical

Here are my notes on Rob Bell’s message Friday morning at David Crowder’s Fantastical Church Music Conference. While I don’t necessarily agree with everything Rob is saying here, I think it is a very interesting conversation around the importance of words in worship.

Rob Bell, Friday morning

Thesis: Words can be used in lots of ways.

Consider what we are doing when we speak and for the worship leader to place words on peoples’ lips; creating physical unity (breathing) in the room with singing and responsive readings.

Creating a space for both joy and release and unity

Words can be used for definitive precision and technical description (e.g., auto mechanic giving diagnosis and remedy for your car)

Words can also be used as:Read More »