Singing With The Understanding–Miscellany* 

Neal Pollard We are a diverse group who gather to sing for worship. We vary in age, education, religious background and literacy, race, and doubtless other factors. Some of us have been singing the same hymns for decades, while others may be seeing those hymns for the first time.  There is a mutual responsibility, one … Continue reading Singing With The Understanding–Miscellany* 

Desire That Bubbles From The Heart And Falls From The Lips

"To see the dull indifference, the negligent and thoughtless air that sits upon the faces of a whole assembly, while the psalm is upon their lips, might even tempt a charitable observer to suspect the fervency of their inward religion." This quotation was from a man who observed lethargy and unenthusiastic engagement in congregational singing. … Continue reading Desire That Bubbles From The Heart And Falls From The Lips

Singing With The Understanding: “Beneath The Cross Of Jesus”

Neal Pollard Most of us have favorite songs and hymns. My favorite category of hymns is songs about the cross. I love the somber, dramatic feel of Beneath the Cross of Jesus, a hymn penned right after the close of the Civil War by Elizabeth C. Clephane and one set to the music we sing with … Continue reading Singing With The Understanding: “Beneath The Cross Of Jesus”

NOT JUST A PROBLEM FOR THOSE WHO FAVOR INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Neal Pollard People who have rejected the teaching that singing in worship must be without the addition of mechanical instrumental music have appealed to culture, to the permission of silence, to aesthetics, to emotion, to tradition, to preference, and the like. As we examine Colossians 3 and Ephesians 5, seeing the imperatives in each place … Continue reading NOT JUST A PROBLEM FOR THOSE WHO FAVOR INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Some Hurdles I Just Cannot Jump Regarding Instrumental Music In Worship

Neal Pollard How often the matter gets discussed among preachers in churches of Christ, I cannot say. But, I know that it does. More members of the church than we might care to think do not have this matter settled in their minds, especially as it has to do with the state of those who … Continue reading Some Hurdles I Just Cannot Jump Regarding Instrumental Music In Worship

SCATTERED THOUGHTS ABOUT “OUR SONGS”

Neal Pollard Disclaimer: I clearly recognize my own fallibility and potential short-sightedness on this and all matters.  Please be assured that the following is written with deepest love for the Savior, the saved, and the lost sinner. Prudence, wisdom, and Christ-like love should characterize all such discussions as these, and that is my intention.  There … Continue reading SCATTERED THOUGHTS ABOUT “OUR SONGS”

“He Has Put A New Song In My Mouth”

Neal PollardPollards love singing and music. A few (and they usually are those who marry into the family) actually know a few things about either or both. We are thankful that "joyful noise" does not mean "pleasant melody."David was probably quote the songster. The "sweet psalmist" wrote the Jewish hymn book, songs used by God's … Continue reading “He Has Put A New Song In My Mouth”