"We were so concerned about getting 'decisions for Christ' we stopped calling them to repent, to count the cost, & stopped making disciples."
Writing music for Scripture songs is not for the faint of heart and takes an acute skill. There must be sobriety when you handle the text of Scripture. Namely, it is difficult to have literal faithfulness to the text, and still create pleasant and sensible structure to the music. Adam Wright demonstrates just that again in Psalm Songs: Volume II. The music "makes sense" and engages you with joy and purpose, and truly brings the Scripture alive.
"If Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness..."
"But God will never call us to obey him in one area if doing so requires disobeying him another area."
"At best, this social focus is a gospel distraction; at worst, it is a gospel distortion. I’m starting to believe that it is anti-gospel and anti-Christian. "
Startling, eye-opening read “from the horse’s mouth” so to speak.
Much controversy has swirled around the upcoming Revoice conference being held at a PCA church in St. Louis on July 26–28. Here is its stated purpose: “Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality.”
A number of writers have signaled significant disagreements with the personalities involved with the Revoice conference:
- Steven Wedgeworth, A Critical Review of Spiritual Friendship, Mere Orthodoxy
- Kevin DeYoung, Words, Labels, and ‘Sexual Minorities’, The Gospel Coalition
- Tim Challies, The Controversy Behind the Revoice Conference, Challies.com
- Denny Burk, What about the Revoice Conference?, DennyBurk.com
- Richard Phillips, Can the “Welcoming Church” Speak the Truth?, Reformation21
- Todd Pruitt, For the Love of Those Fighting Against Homosexuality, Mortification of Spin
- Owen Strachan, The Revoice Conference and the Hope of Every Sinner, Center for Public Theology
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"Too many churches know how to celebrate, but don’t know how to lament. We’re good at rejoicing with those who rejoice, but fail at weeping with those who weep. If every song in every service is a celebration fest, there’s little room for the broken-hearted."