On Worship

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations by Eric Pazdziora Hymns and Lamentations, a new album featuring my compositions, piano, and vocals, is now available for listening and purchasing at mp3.ericpazdziora.com. You can listen to the album for free online, or name your own price to download digital tracks. Album notes: There are days of loss and sadness, fear and depression, […]

Leaning, Leaning....

Leaning, Leaning….

Here’s Ken Medema, a blind pianist / composer / singer / storyteller with a truly amazing talent, performing a routine about an unforgettable experience as a church musician. Let’s just say, he also does a pretty mean trombone impression….  

New Creation #7: Give To Our God Immortal Praise

New Creation #7: Give To Our God Immortal Praise

Seventh in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song Behind the Song This is another text by Isaac Watts, whom we’ve heard from before when we looked at “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed.” Watts is known as “the Father of English Hymnody,” but in this case, he’s […]

The Truth about "Effeminate Worship"

The Truth about “Effeminate Worship”

Several popular (though controversial) preachers have taken up a refrain of social commentary I’ve heard a few too many times. They denounce what they see as a trend of “Effeminate Worship.” (Here’s a typical message. Here’s another and another.) Apparently, modern churches have become “feminized,” unlike the old days when men were men. This means […]

The Things We Want to Sing About

The Things We Want to Sing About

This is my contribution to Rachel Held Evans’ Rally to Restore Unity. Read about it at the link. Augustus Toplady was, frankly, a bit of a jerk. He was an evangelical Anglican clergyman with a strong Calvinist bent. If he lived today he’d certainly be one of those Calvinists, the kind who write annoyingly combative blogs ranting […]

Pop Goes the Worship War

Pop Goes the Worship War

(Or, How to Start Your Own Worship War With 7 Simple Tools You Probably Have Around Your Home If They Haven’t Burned It Down Yet) – A response to “Pop Goes The Worship” –  Why do people quarrel and fight and split hairs and churches over something as seemingly petty as “traditional vs. contemporary music”? In […]

The Problem With "Worship"

The Problem With “Worship”

I'm hoping to start blogging more about worship and church music in the near future. Meanwhile, enjoy this from a while back. A while back on Internet Monk's website, there was a fascinating conversation on worship–you could do worse than to check it out–prefaced by this zinger: (The theological term for this, if I recall from my […]

Recommended Reading: The Trinitarian Theology of Keith Green (by Fred Sanders)

Recommended Reading: The Trinitarian Theology of Keith Green (by Fred Sanders)

“Thank You, O my Father For giving us Your Son, And leaving Your Spirit till The work on earth is done.” Over at Scriptorium Daily, theologian Fred Sanders (author of the new Crossway book I’m still itching to read, The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything) treats us to an exploration of the trinitarian […]

Recommended Reading: Chaplain Mike on Worship

Recommended Reading: Chaplain Mike on Worship

Over at the redoubtable Internet Monk blog, Chaplain Mike (carrying on for the sainted Michael Spencer) just posted a splendid piece about worship. It’s exceptional, in all the many meanings of that word. He emphasizes the necessity of congregational involvement and the false dichotomy of “form vs. freedom” (because every service has a form!). I […]