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Guidelines to Contemporary Christian Music

The Church Order of the Protestant Reformed denomination requires use of the Psalter and a few other special numbers for worship. This position may warrant the following questions: “Is there a use for contemporary Christian music?” and “Should we dial the radio to those hit Christian singles?” I think there is certainly room for such […]

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Psalter: A Brief History

God gave us a special book of songs named “Psalms.” In the course of history, he preserved the Psalms and ensured they were singable for the day and age in which we live. Our denomination was blessed with an inheritance that was simply given to us: the Psalter. This songbook is fused into our very […]

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The Psalter (3): The Geneva Psalter

The Wittenberg Hymnal was comprised of songs that were inspired by the Psalms and other parts of the Bible, but they were not as close word-for-word as possible. Nor did this songbook have a song and tune for every Psalm in the Bible.   When John Calvin fled to Strasburg, Germany in 1538, he set out […]

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The Psalter (2): Wittenberg Hymnal 

Before the Reformation, singing in church was often done by a group of performers instead of the whole congregation. The Reformers believed that the whole congregation should sing to give praise to God together and be an active part of worship.   By 1524, only seven years after the Reformation began, Martin Luther, working with a […]

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It was the summer after my senior year of high school. I went to the Young People’s Convention. Perhaps you’ve heard stories about the convention from your older brothers and sisters?   I enjoyed the conventions, but my favorite memory is not the banquets or hanging out with friends or the games or anything you’ve probably […]

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What Shall We Sing?

You young people for whom Beacon Lights is published will determine what we shall sing in the worship services of our churches in the years to come. Whether our churches will continue to use the Psalter exclusively and limit ourselves to these versifications of the Psalms and a few Scriptural passages from other books of […]

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Is the Psalter Outdated?

God’s people are a singing people. Both in the Old and New Testaments, the Lord tells us that His people sang of their joys and sorrows, of their struggles and victories. We, God’s people in the Reformed tradition, sing from the time we are tiny tots until we stoop with old age. Together we sing […]

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