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All articles & reviews tagged with music

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October 2021
Articles

Am I too traditionalist in my response to modern hymns at my daughter’s church, or missing out on something accessible?

Let’s not confuse the question of antiquity versus novelty (the old as opposed to the new) with the basic question of quality and the related question of accessibility (is it any good and do we understand it?). Assuming that we will sing hymns and not only psalms, every hymn (and every psalm, for that…

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Review

September 2019
Reviews > Book

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? Larry Norman and the perils of Christian rock

What are we to make of Larry Norman, the controversial pioneer of Christian pop music in the late 1960s and ‘70s? Gregory Alan Thornbury (son of occasional ET contributor John) tells the fascinating story with riveting style and careful accuracy. Unlike other Christian artists, Norman’s extraordinary musical and poetic gifts were lauded by his…

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January 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A view from the piano

Most people have probably never thought about what it’s like to be an accompanist, to play the piano or another instrument whilst we sing to God. That’s because most of us don’t have to do it. But even those of us who do play don’t always think carefully about what we are doing or…

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Historical

September 2017
Articles > Historical

John Wesley and music

It comes as almost a shock to read in John Wesley’s Journal that this earnest minister was not above very occasionally attending a concert or, rather more often, looking over large estates of the kind you find in today’s National Trust. Clearly, Wesley not only regarded all the world as his parish, but saw…

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Review

Reviews

Christian Hymns MP3s

Update September 2020: These MP3s are now only available in an App. For Apple, download here. For Android, download here.   The production of an MP3 version of Christian hymns provides a valuable resource. It also has potential for use with other hymn books, since many of the tunes are found in a wide…

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August 2007
Reviews > Book

Can We Rock the Gospel? Rock music’s impact of worship and evangelism

The authors who have collaborated in writing this book have both previously written on the same subject – John Blanchard in Pop goes the gospel (1983) and Dan Lucarini in Why I left the contemporary Christian music movement (2002). The research done for those two books forms the background to the present work. The…

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