A brief reflection on "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" by Charles Wesley, set to ABERYSTWYTH. You can download this hymn at https://religiousaffections.org/hymns/jesus-lover-of-my-soul.
Beauty is sourced in God and has been marred by sin, but as redeemed Christians, we have a responsibility to judge whether things are beauty based on the absolute standard of God's transcendent beauty. Listen as Scott Aniol reads the second half of chapter 5 from his book, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World.
Commune with God is a conversation, a dialogue. Posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/god-speaks-we-respond.
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? In order to answer that question biblically, we first need to determine the source of beauty and recognize the fact that beauty was marred by sin. Scott Aniol addresses this topic in the first half of chapter 5 in his book, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World.
J. S. Bach masterfully portrays the satisfaction of God's wrath in the death of his Son through how he musically sets the passion narrative from St. Matthew, including other poetry and key chorales. Listen as Scott Aniol explains along with musical examples.
You can (and should!) listen to the whole of Bach's St. Matthew Passion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k4Ph-H5ZO4
Jesus’s conversation with the Samaritan woman in John 4 explains the nature of all-satisfying communion with God. Posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/dialogue-with-god.
How Christian values waned in the West, Scripture as the foundation of human reason, the rise of the religion of secularism, and Christianity’s failure to resist.