Fountains of blood!

(Review of ‘New Again’ – Word Alive 2016 album) Since its inception in 1993, Word Alive as a conference has served the church in the UK through the faithful teaching of God’s Word. Amidst a wonderful all age teaching programme, singing God’s praises has been a highlight for many who…

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‘Tumbling Sky’ by Matt Searles

Before I get to Matt's new album, its good to be able to say that this won't be the only only album reviewed over the next few weeks and months from UK groups and individuals. That in itself is extraordinary; a great blessing and encouragement from God. However, into this…

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Tone Deaf Worshippers…

It’s taken a while, but I finally got around to reading Bob Kauflin’s latest book ‘True Worshippers’. I’m slightly regretting that fact now, because personally and also for my own ministry (and I’m sure for that of many others) I found it such a helpful and encouraging tome to read. But it isn’t weighty to…

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Jesus has come – let’s sing for that!

The organised among you will no doubt already have your music for Christmas well under way.  After all, the first round of carol services are about to hit this weekend! And perhaps you love Christmas, and are over the moon that the season of stollen, sparkly lights and stockings is…

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Praising in the Fog

I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth,…

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New Songs 2014/15

  Below is a list of some of the newer songs we’ve been introduced to recently and have used in various conferences.  Some you will know already, some of them will not suit your church context at all, some you may not like at all, but some you may find…

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Meal and Masterclass with the Sussex Gospel Partnership

    SGP are running two great session for anyone invovled in church music in the area.   The first, Friday 13th March at 6:45pm at St Pancras Church, will be mainly aimed at those who lead the congregation in music.  The evening will include dinner, and both practical and theological training.…

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Theology of the Arts – Part 4

  Welcome back to our brief(ish) four-part trawl through the murky waters of art theology. We began, effectively, by asking the question: “How do we answer when we’re asked to justify art?” This demand for justification is something that artists are familiar with. It might come from parents: “Don’t you…

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Theology of the Arts – Part 3

  Looking at Crutches (continued) Since we started the last two posts with a quote from a composer, I thought this time we would begin with a painter. Unfortunately I began my search amongst the sayings of Salvador Dali, and I’m still trying to recover. So instead, here’s a little…

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Theology of the Arts – Part 2

  Looking at Crutches Here is how Anton Bruckner responded to his critics: “They want me to write differently. Certainly I could, but I must not. God has chosen me from thousands and given me, of all people, this talent. It is to Him that I must give account. How…

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Theology of the Arts- Part 1

  The Way Things Are “I always said God was against art and I still believe it. Anything obscene or trivial is blessed in this world and has a reward – I ask for no reward – only to live and to hear my work.” Such were Edward Elgar’s words…

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