Music

‘How Great Thou Art’ Gets a New Verse in Matt Redman Collaboration
Songwriters and hit worship singers including Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin, and Mitch Wong come together to celebrate the hymn’s 75th anniversary.
The Middle East’s Favorite Christmas Carol Is About War and Hate
Traditional melody suggests it is only when Christians realize the holiday comes with “hard realities” that the spirit of Nativity dwells in their hearts.
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The Baby Jesus Taught Us How to Scream
From the cradle to the cross, Christ in his humanity showed us how to cry out. In him, a not-so-silent night is a holy night all the same.
How Nine Lessons and Carols Brought a Century of Christmas Comfort
Written in the wake of world war, the poignant service stills us during a season of extravagance.
Mary Told Us What She Knew—In Song
Christians have to look beyond the typical Christmas carol lineup for music that captures the deeper themes of the Magnificat.
Don’t Miss These African Christmas Hits
Jam out this season to highlife, Afrobeats, jazz, a cappella, R & B, rap, dance, and hip-hop artists from Nigeria, South Africa, and more.
Have Yourself a Bluesy/Lo-Fi/Choral/Global Little Christmas
CT picks 7 new holiday albums to add to your favorites.
Should We Sing About Drowning Our Enemies?
Elevation’s recent hit has stirred a broader discussion on how to incorporate imprecatory language in worship without being triumphalist.
People Say Worship Music All Sounds the Same. They Might Mean Something Else.
Complaints about the emerging genre may have to do with the discomfort with monoculture surrounding it.
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The Debate over Concert Worship Goes Back Eras
Taylor Swift’s “transcendent” stadium tour got Christians once again talking about whether secular stages point us to God’s common grace or just another idol.
Worship in a Time of Trauma: New Releases Offer Songs for Healing
Christian artists open up about mental health, abuse, and loss.
Putting Christian and Missionary Alliance Theology in Song
What if worship music got a little more denominationally specific? A new artists’ collective is experimenting with that.
Praise Him with Harp and Tuba?
When SBC worship leaders look to their congregations for musical talent, this is what they find.
It’s Eden Somewhere
The late Jimmy Buffett’s songs and the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien both long for a home just beyond reach.
Worship Artists Who Skip Labels Still Need Support
An emerging infrastructure offers indie musicians help with streaming and marketing without signing away their music rights.
Oliver Anthony’s Viral Hit Doesn’t Love Its Neighbors
“Rich Men North of Richmond” is disdainful towards people on welfare. Christians shouldn’t be.
Barbie and Taylor Swift Are Bringing Us Together
Beyond hot pink and bejeweled outfits, they showcase a deeper desire for community and collective joy.
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Worship Music Nostalgia Brings New Profit to Old Songs
Gen X and millennials’ favorite Christian throwbacks are also easy moneymakers.
Blind Band Revives Traditional Worship in Lebanon’s Churches
Group seeks to open the eyes of Arab hearts through oriental quarter-note melodies.
They Sang ‘a Heavenly Song’ in a Dark Chinese Jail
Two Chinese Christian women ministered to their cellmates and prison guards with stories, prayers, and hymns.
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Top Story July 22, 2024

‘This Is the Day’ for Filipinos to Develop Their Own Worship Music
‘This Is the Day’ for Filipinos to Develop Their Own Worship Music
In a country known for loving Western praise music—Hillsong’s second-biggest market—a grassroots movement is singing new tunes.

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