5 Responses

  1. Mark Bowers
    Mark Bowers January 30, 2012 at 1:04 am |

    Stan, Thank you so much for this fresh perspective on the music of worship. YOu have given me a great deal of affirmation in what you have written in this article.

    1. Stan DeWitt
      Stan DeWitt February 7, 2012 at 2:42 am |

      Thank you, Mark. Write me sometime and tell me what you are doing in your church. I’d love to hear what I’m affirming for you! Peace, Stan

  2. Jonathan Talberg
    Jonathan Talberg January 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm |

    What a great article, Stan! I couldn’t agree with you more, and I think our congregations deserve great diversity of music—excellent music—of all traditions.

    1. Stan DeWitt
      Stan DeWitt February 7, 2012 at 2:38 am |

      Thanks, Jonathan! The key is to do what we do very well, regardless of the style or the piece.

  3. Kim Rendle
    Kim Rendle July 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm |

    Thanks to Creator for republishing, and thanks to Mr. DeWitt for a great article. It articulates well truths that I’ve been learning as a homeschool-mom-church-music-volunteer who morphed into a part-time-church-music-professional–at a church where building debt and conflict in the renewal process have strangled funds for ministry in general and music in particular. To the best of our ability we have worked on this expansion of genres and styles while striving for excellence. What I’m struggling to discern is the distinction between excellent music as a tool to worship our triune God, and when we cross the line to worship the music itself. For example, when we disbanded or choir because we didn’t have the resources for musical and programmatic integrity, the bitterness that followed was–and continues to be–crippling. When the article mentioned a “Sunday evening jazz service” it struck me that could either be a refreshing genre as a context for worshipping God, or it could be simply an outlet for the jazz musicians. I know that our motives are never pure, and that God in his grace gives us our skills and preferences for a reason–I’m simply wrestling with his great gift–music–and how, like his gift of sex, it is powerful and can be twisted by our enemy and our sin.