Should songs be used by a writer who was improperly divorced?

Question: I noticed in our songbook that a few of the songs written are by Amy Grant. I don’t know if you are familiar with her, but she is a singer and songwriter who divorced because of “irreconcilable differences” and promptly remarried. My question is, do you think it is appropriate to sing songs that…

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What do you think of Songs of Faith and Praise?

Question: Hello, I am writing to you because I came across a blog you had on your web site concerning your review of the Songs for Worship and Praise hymnal.  I have owned the hymnal for a couple of months and also own Songs of Faith and Praise and Praise for the Lord.  I am trying to find a good hymnal…

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It is sad that the hymnbook is being abandoned

Question: Greetings. I appreciated your article “Sing with Understanding.” David, the Bible’s great hymn-writer, by the inspiration of the Spirit of God, was concerned about that too (Psalms 47:7). And it’s really the purpose of my blog on hymns, to help with this. Your examples are good. This is the kind of thing that might…

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Where can I find lyrics to some of James D. Vaughan’s songs?

Question: I’m looking to see if you have a link or know where I can find full songs so that I may write the lyrics down. I’m looking for James D. Vaughan’s songs. It’s so we can sing it at our church. Answer: James David Vaughan mostly wrote music to other people’s lyrics. There are…

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Thank you for the tips on song leading

Question: Thank you so much for the tips that you have displayed on the site about Song Leading in the Church. I have been part of the church of Christ as far back as I can remember.  I am very thankful that my parents raised me in this church. I was inspired by my late Grandfather to become a…

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Are Christians commanded to only sing the psalms?

Question: I recently was made aware of an old acquaintance who is now part of a house church. In a message he sent to me giving a short explanation, he said, “…after a lot of study, I have come to the understanding that we are only authorized to sing inspired songs from the book of…

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A Singing Church

by Brock Hartwigsen The church was prophesied in the Old Testament as a singing church. In II Samuel 22:50 and repeated in Psalms 18:49, David stated: “Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.” Years later the apostle Paul by inspiration applied this passage to…

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Sing with Understanding

Text: I Corinthians 14:15-20   I.         Singing is an expression of joy – James 5:13             A.        It is form of worship and a way of teaching – Ephesians 5:18-20; Colossians 3:16-17             B.        Of course, people sing things all the time without thinking about what they are saying – just ask kids today what are the lyrics to some…

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