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Animation, Music and Theology

10 Sep

You rarely hear those three words in the same sentence. But a series of videos on YouTube is proving how powerful animation can be in the right context.

Here are a couple samples. I defy you to watch these videos and not be moved. It’s quite amazing how the theology in the song and the music blends perfectly with the images. Words and music by the wonderful people at Sovereign Grace Music.

The Prodigal

The Gospel Song

For All You Hymn-Lovers

1 Aug

Inspired by the beautiful music produced by Indelible Grace, I have been on a quest this past week to find more modern melodies with old hymn texts and I’m very happy to say that my search has not been in vain.

“Reformed Praise, Informed Passion”. Reformedpraise.org is a marvelous site where you can sit back and enjoy the beauty of theology and music put together. You have a choice of either listening to “Updated Hymns” (old hymns with new melodies), “Modern Hymns” (hymns written by the artists at Reformed Praise), “Hymn Texts” (ancient hymns with their original melodies) or just read old classic hymn texts in the Hymn Arrangements” section and be inspired by the heart-warming truth in the words.

For almost every song on the site, you can download the recording of the song, the lead sheet (if you’re a worship leader) and the piano score or the guitar chords on the right-hand side of the page.

Here are some examples:

Updated Hymn

Irresistible Grace by David L. Ward

I sought You, Lord, but now I see
You were the one who was seeking me;
I found You, Lord, and then I knew
That I was found by You.

Chorus:
You have called me with irresistible grace
From before time began.
Thank You, Lord, for saving me;
On Your grace now I can stand.

I took Your hand when I was weak:
Sinking, yet always within Your reach.
My feet were firm though on the sea
For You took hold of me
.

I sought, I walked, because Your grace
Long before had fixed my place;
And now I love- how can it be?
‘Twas You who first loved me.

Modern Hymn

Covenant Song by Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward

Brought by God the Holy Spirit to trust Jesus Christ the Son,
We, the church of God the Father, as his people join as one.
Having been, our faith professing, baptized in the Triune name,
We, in joy and holy earnest, do this covenant now proclaim.

We will work with love and patience for the Spirit’s bond of peace.
As we pray, we will endeavor to see holiness increase.
We will warn, exhort, encourage, as occasion may require.
We will seek to love each other, ever quick to reconcile.

We will not forsake assembling, nor neglect to serve in prayer.
We will seek to teach the gospel to those God puts in our care.
We will bear each other’s burdens and in sorrow share our tears.
We will celebrate God’s blessings, sharing in each other’s cheer.

We will strive to walk in newness, free from worldly lust and sin,
As proclaimed in our immersion*, “Dead to sin and raised with Him!”
We, our presence, gifts and service, to this church do now commit.
We will keep her faith and practice; to her discipline submit.

Should the Lord be pleased to move us, we will seek to quickly find
An assembly of like doctrine with a covenant of like kind.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus with God’s love upon us fall;
May the Spirit’s sweet communion be forever with us all.

All I Have Is Christ

25 Apr

Last year at Next conference, Devon Kaufflin and Na band sang this song called “All I Have is Christ”. I first heard it yesterday, and I literally have not been able to stop listening. It is so inspiring, so biblical, so moving and so true.

I’m really tired of shallow Christian songs that we sing on Sunday mornings. Some songs seem like they could be sung on the radio by the Backstreet Boys. Most of the words in modern songs are true, but we’ve forgotten theology in our contemporary Christian music. Songs like this one brings biblical theology and music together so beautifully.

Here are the lyrics:

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way.
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave.
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will.
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still.

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross.
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace.

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me.
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose.
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You.

Let’s not forget theology in our music.

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