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Thanks to The Resurgence Blog, I discovered the work of Isaac Wardell & Bifrost Arts, and what they have to say strikes me as very insightful. Wardell points out that “the church today generally takes its cues from the concert hall or the lecture hall” gravitating either toward a performance-driven mindset or an anti-emotional over-emphasis on “education and cognitive understanding” in an effort to become a “counter-cultural outpost”. He points out the need to rediscover the use of scriptures, the Psalms in particular as our framework for worship rather than “taking our cues from the larger media culture.” He also points out the strange phenomena that we listen to more music than ever before, yet we sing together much less then Christians did in the past. Perhaps we need to rediscover the simplicity of gathering together occasionally just to sing…no powerpoint, no microphones, no stage…just a few instruments (or none), a few brothers and sisters, and the beauty of voices raised to our creator and redeemer. I for one am longing to discover the hymns of our generation, and rediscover the hymns of generations past.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/14429217″>Bifrost Arts</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/joshfraner”>josh franer</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Here’s the interview with Isaac Wardell at The Resurgence: http://theresurgence.com/2011/02/25/is-a-worship-service-more-like-a-concert-hall-or-a-banquet-hall

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