Category Archives: Worship

Why I Enjoy Teaching in the Church

This past year during the fall and spring semesters I shared teaching responsibilities for an adult Sunday school class on the book of Colossians, after teaching part of a shorter series the previous summer. These were my first opportunities in … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Education, Christian Sabbath, Church, Colossians, Reading and Study, Theological Education, Theology, Work and Leisure, Worship

Brief Reflections Following the Passing of Billy Graham

As most or all readers of The Reforming Trombonist will be aware, the famed American evangelist Billy Graham (1918-2018) passed away earlier this week, just a few months shy of his 100th birthday. I am normally not one to pontificate … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Assurance, Billy Graham, Christian Worldview, Doctrine, Evangelism, Politics, Practical Christianity, Preaching, Theology, Truth, Worship

It’s Okay to “Go Through the Motions”

Several times in the past few weeks when I have asked students how they could have improved their performances of various playing assignments I have heard responses something like “Well, I could have put more emotion into it.” To be … Continue reading

Posted in Christ Presbyterian Church of Oxford, Christian Worldview, Lord's Day, Music, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Theology, Worship

When Contextualization Diminishes Meaning (Or, Missing that Sweet and Awful Place)

Over the past several years I have carved out an interesting role in planning and executing the musical elements of corporate worship at Christ Presbyterian Church in Oxford. Having long ago determined that I would rather spend most Sunday services … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Worship

“The Sabbath was Made for Man….”

Today I had the happy privilege of attending worship at Christ Presbyterian Church with my family. We enjoyed an engaging Sunday School hour, good singing, prayers, and a fine sermon. The rest of the day was spent playing games together, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Christian Sabbath, Christian Worldview, Church, Confessionalism, D.A. Carson, Doctrine, Lord's Day, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Society, The Gideons International, Theology, Worship

Let Us Not Orphan Ourselves

As a professional musician and a Christian with at least a small amount of formal theological training, I am more than a little interested in the musical practices of the church, both within and beyond corporate worship. In a previous … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Doctrine, Music, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Practical Christianity, T. David Gordon, Theology, Worship

Stop Looking for a Perfect Church!

My maternal grandfather died in 2009 at the age of 90. I wrote a bit about him here several years ago. In my mind he was and is a supreme example of what a Christian man should be: hardworking, gentle, … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Lord's Day, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Salvation, Theology, Worship