‘media’ and liturgical formation

James K. A. Smith has written and spoken much about liturgical formation; that is, how humans are formed, shaped and influenced by ‘liturgical’ actions, rites or practices.  For Smith, all of life can be seen with a ‘liturgical’ lens, as the human species (‘homo-liturgicus’) engages in various patterns of repeated activity. One colourful example is… Continue reading ‘media’ and liturgical formation

the mighty chorus

Just making preparations for song-leading at Carey graduation, and spotted this gem of a line, which opens the fourth verse of Henry van Dyke’s hymn (to the tune of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Hymn to Joy), Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee: Mortals join the mighty chorus, which the morning stars began… I love the thought of… Continue reading the mighty chorus

good old church songs

My little summer project (“Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to record a dozen of your favourite hymns?”) is done, and can be downloaded for free (or donation) here: http://dalecampbell.bandcamp.com/

yes i did that…

Way back when I used to want to be the next Chris Tomlin (because we don’t have enough worship leaders), I remember starting a “worship band” (because we don’t have enough worship bands). I actually got us all together for I think one jam-slash-practice…  Looking back, they were actually pretty stinking solid musically.  A patient,… Continue reading yes i did that…

theory & practice

They’re meant to reinforce one another. I just had lunch with a friend, and we talked about how much fun it was learning the 5 different fretboard patterns of pentatonic (five-tone) scales on the guitar.  When his practice was less developed, music theory had seemed boring and irrelevant to him, but now it was exciting… Continue reading theory & practice

judging

One of many references that show that ‘judgment’ does not always mean (negatively) ‘to damn’ or ‘to punish’, etc., but can have positive connotations. Isaiah 11:4a “…but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.” This Hebrew parallelism has three pairs, with the second… Continue reading judging

reading

Proverbs 22:7 – “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” A friend recently (and wisely) observed that this is unfortunately ‘heard’/’taken’ as a command rather than as a lamentation.  Which made me think about how much interpretation we can do even with simple sentences.  The above verse… Continue reading reading