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People are singing less in church, and that's a problem, writes Episcopalian priest Benjamin Crosby in his recent article in Plough. Jarel and Josh discuss Crosby's article in light of their experience making music and singing for worship among churches, whether with worship bands or choirs. They explore the tension between being relevant to the dominant culture and providing a life-giving alternative that challenges or discomforts. Then they describe what the hymns 'Be Thou My Vision' and 'What Wond'rous Love Is This?' and the song 'Instrument for Noble Purpose' suggest about vocation.
Art: Thomas Webster, The Village Choir, oil on panel, 1847 (Public domain)
Jarel is a co-host of Forecast with a music emphasis.
Josh is the founding editor of Foreshadow and a co-host of Forecast.
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