Category Archives: Music and Theology

Finding Strength in Weakness: A Comparison Between Brass Playing and the Christian Life

  Weakness is your friend. Strength is your enemy. Blow air, don’t ‘support’ it. –Arnold Jacobs (1915-1998) Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm … Continue reading

Posted in Arnold Jacobs, Assurance, Music and Theology, Pedagogy, Practical Christianity, Salvation, Teaching Low Brass

Distraction: A Problem for Musicians, A Problem for Christians, and Probably a Problem for Everyone Else, Too

While I use most weeks’ posts to write about some aspect of brass playing, teaching, or musicianship, at the end of each month I turn to writing regarding my avocational interest in Christian theology. Given the exponentially greater traffic that … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Music and Theology, Performing, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Prayer, Reading and Study, Teaching Low Brass

Why I Don’t Have a “Church Job”

I am a weirdo, and everyone that knows me at all knows that to be the case. I am a conservative Christian who happily (well, usually) works as an academic musician, moving in professional worlds where few of my colleagues … Continue reading

Posted in Career Choices, Music and Theology, Music and Worship

Book Review: Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything by Steve DeWitt

As a music professor, a performing trombonist, and a Christian, I continually seek books that address fulfilling or considering my vocation in a God-glorifying manner. Books about “Christian music” are common, but often limited to discussing corporate worship, rarely inviting … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Book Reviews, Books, Christian Worldview, Doctrine, Doctrine of Vocation, Music, Music and Theology, Practical Christianity, Theology

Book Review: Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Eliot Gardiner

In the minds of Christians who appreciate art music, whether as performers or simply as listeners, perhaps no figure so fully epitomizes what it means to be a “Christian composer” or a “Christian musician” as does Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). … Continue reading

Posted in Doctrine of Vocation, Johann Sebastian Bach, Music, Music and Theology, Practical Christianity, Reading and Study, Theology

The New-Old Country

Having been prevented by end-of-semester duties at the University of Mississippi from maintaining my usual weekly writing schedule since the end of April, I write today with the somewhat unhappy announcement that I will not be resuming that schedule until … Continue reading

Posted in C.S. Lewis, Low Brass Resources, Music, Music and Theology, News and Commentary, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Teaching Low Brass, Theology

The Sabbath Principle and the (Christian) Musician, Part Two

This week I am concluding the thoughts begun in a post from November 29. Those that have not yet read that post should begin with it before returning to this one. You might have noticed that this post first appeared … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Sabbath, Confessionalism, D.A. Carson, Doctrine, Doctrine of Vocation, Lord's Day, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Theology