Tag Archives: Instrumental music

The Fork in the Road: Scruples, Part 1

[A couple of commenters have asked about scruples -- how Paul's teachings in Rom 14 teach us to deal with those with weaker or stronger faith. This and the next post are from 2 1/2 years ago.] A friend in … Continue reading

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This Has Nothing to Do with the Instrumental Music Controversy at All. Really.

It’s amazing how we delight in creativity. It’s because, I believe, the creative side of humans is very much in the image of God. When we delight in the arts, we delight in a spark of God that remains in … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: Things That Perish With Using

Robert Prater asked, Would you refute the view advocated by Ferguson and Hicks that the early church’s nonuse of IM is that instruments were a divinely prescribed part of temple worship that was superseded by the “higher worship instituted by … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: The Instrumental Music Discussion / How to Win the Worship Wars

Tomorrow I post part 4 of the “Learning from the History of Worship” discussion, and that’ll be my last post planned on the instrumental music and Regulative Principle questions for now. That doesn’t mean the topics won’t come up now … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: Learning from the History of Worship, Part 2

Synagogue The Jews developed the synagogue sometime after Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the Temple and carried the Jews into Babylonian Captivity. No one knows whether it was then or after the return from exile that the synagogue was invented. In all likelihood, … Continue reading

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An Experiment in Christian Dialogue: A Post by Bruce Morton

Several days ago, reader Bruce Morton challenged me to post his arguments against instrumental music in worship. I invited him to write such a post. Here it is, entirely unedited, other than the insertion of a link to his book … Continue reading

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An Experiment in Christian Dialogue: Rev 22:18-19

The website for the Central Church of Christ in Martinez, Georgia makes this argument against instrumental music on its page “What We Believe” — We can also see that Scripture clearly commands us to observe the will of God and … Continue reading

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An Experiment in Christian Dialogue: Colossians 3:17

In the first post of this series, I invited comment on 1 Corinthians 4:6, because it is, in my experience, the most frequently cited verse in support of the Regulative Principle (scriptural silences are prohibitions). Although the post received many … Continue reading

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Instrumental Music: Regarding Karate, Dance, and Roast Lamb in the Assembly

Robert Prater asked, in a comment, Let me ask you a question or anyone else…..let’s suppose I wanted to bring into the worship assembly the act of rhythmic dance or karate or how about yoga? Or let’s say painting, etc. … Continue reading

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Instrumental Music: Justin Martyr and the Instrument

Just a quick post to make the readers aware of a recent post by Danny Corbitt, author of Missing More Than Music: When Disputable Matters Eclipse Worship and Unity, dealing with the claim made by many, going back for centuries, … Continue reading

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