May 15, 2014

After the reign of King David, periods of moral and spiritual revival in Israel’s history often included a return to the worship practices of David and the use of musical instruments in worship.  As Daniel Caram points out in his book, Tabernacle of David, “The revival...

March 12, 2014

The Temple during the time of Jesus was destroyed in 70 A.D., but in Jerusalem today, you can see a 1:50 scale model of the Temple, including what Jerusalem would have looked like in the first century. 


The Temple was the center for worship in ancient Israel, and...

March 11, 2014

Since the Temple in Jerusalem was where instrumental music in worship was firmly established, anything concerning the Temple is of particular interest to me. Here is a bit of trivia about the Temple Mount that I discovered during my two visits to Jerusalem.


This e...

March 7, 2014

A very important concept to remember when studying scripture is to "read scripture in light of scripture." Another words, make sure you don't take any individual scripture verse out of context, but allow other scripture verses to illuminate it.


In the ongoing debate on...

March 6, 2014

Early in my ministry, I tried to form a youth orchestra that met year-round, or at least during the school year. But, between marching band season, and all the other demands on the students throughout the year, that plan was doomed to failure. The church I'm at now use...

March 6, 2014

In addition to the priority of leading in worship, the instrumental music ministry can also be mobilized to fulfill other functions of the church, such as outreach. The instrumental director should consider these outreach options, as a way of furthering God’s kingdom,...

March 4, 2014

As a performing group in a church setting, we run the risk of taking some of the glory due to God for ourselves. Innocently, congregational members will praise us, or even praise the music we play, when that praise should be reserved for God alone. How do we effectivel...

February 27, 2014

As Christians, we are a people of the Book, but as we devote ourselves each week to praising the Lord with our instruments, are we clear on what the Bible says about the subject of instrumental music in worship? If we were asked to provide Biblical support for the inst...

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