A Brief Comparison of Charismatic and Reformed Views of Church Music

Sunday, 01 Jan 2017

Music is a tool we use to say certain things to God and to one another, and my emotions are a response to what's being said.
On Christmas Day some years ago, a dear saint in her eighties sat at our fireplace and regaled us with stories of what it was like to be a Christian in twentieth-century America. The conversation took a melancholic turn as she described the problems in the Reformed communions of which she had been a part. Her lament culminated with words that made me uncomfortable, partly because I wasn’t sure what they meant and partly because I heard in them a note of belligerence I did not expect from one so sanctified. “The charismatics have won,” she said. “We ...

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