Worship wars, part I: Sure, I must fight if I would reign...

(Tim: This from our Worship Director, Jody Killingsworth, over on ClearNote Blog)

Lo, by the sons of hell he dies;

But as he hangs ‘twixt earth and skies,
He gives their prince a fatal blow,
And triumphs o’er the powers below.

                    ~ Isaac Watts

The most frequent metaphor Scripture uses to describe daily Christian life is the metaphor of war... (read more)

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Interesting post, but why was it tagged under "Masculinity"? What does this have to do with being male if women and girls also need to fight spiritual warfare?

Darryl,

"Play the man, Mr. Ridley" "Quit yourselves like men..."

Of course, on occasion, women have to be manly, too.

My guess is that this is a comment on the feminization of the church, and its resultant emasculation of hymnody.

(By the way, I agree with that assessment - and would prescribe inclusive Psalmody).

dgh

When confronted with martial metaphors we just naturally think "man". I guess that we're just those kind of people.

>My guess is that this is a comment on the feminization of the church, and its resultant emasculation of hymnody.

Right you are, Fred.

Dr. Hart, I trust the rationale behind the "masculinity" tag will become more apparent over time as I try to flesh this out more.

>(By the way, I agree with that assessment - and would prescribe inclusive Psalmody).

Yes. This is a pill we've started to take more regularly. In the past couple of weeks we've sung (corporately) settings of Psalm 29 (thank you friends in Toledo!) and Psalm 77:13-20.

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