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Richland Hills, Instrumental Music, and the future of the Churches of Christ: Wrapping Up

This is my last post on instrumental music for a while — a long while unless God changes my mind. Tomorrow, I start a series on worship, but not as a proxy for the a cappella debate. Rather, the point … Continue reading

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Richland Hills, Instrumental Music, and the future of the Churches of Christ: In Reply to Robert

Robert wrote a thoughtful comment in which he quoted from Everett Ferguson, A Cappella Music in Public Worship. I have the greatest respect for the scholarship of Dr. Ferguson, but disagree with his theological reasoning. However, I do agree with … Continue reading

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Richland Hills, Instrumental Music, and the future of the Churches of Christ: In Reply to HistoryGuy

[HistoryGuy's extensive comment below requires more words for response than the comment engine will allow, and so I'm responding with a post. HistoryGuy's comment argues his case extensively and, I believe, merits a comprehensive response.] HistoryGuy wrote, First, there is … Continue reading

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Richland Hills, Instrumental Music, and the future of the Churches of Christ, Part 3

Now, all that being said, I have trouble seeing the Churches of Christ remaining a cappella for another 100 years. There are some very good reasons to seriously consider picking up a guitar or violin. First, we live in a … Continue reading

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Richland Hills, Instrumental Music, and the future of the Churches of Christ, Part 2

Church leaders considering having two different worship styles, whether instrumental or not, in two separate services have to wrestle with the risk of effectively creating two congregations that share a common building. If one service is traditional and another is … Continue reading

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Richland Hills, Instrumental Music, and the future of the Churches of Christ, Part 1

It’s well known among the Churches of Christ that our largest congregation, the Richland Hills Church of Christ in Ft. Worth, recently decided to add an instrumental Saturday night worship service to their two Sunday morning a cappella services. I … Continue reading

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