Doxology & Theology

Beyond the Bulletin

"Show me a church's songs and I'll show you their theology." -Gordon Fee

Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:4) Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted is a hymn penned in 1804 by Anglican priest Thomas Kelly, the author of over 750 hymns in his lifetime. Its title is taken directly from Isaiah 53:4, but throughout it draws »

God the Spirit

There are roughly 130 songs sung at least once a year when the church gathers at Austin Bluffs. Out of that number, eighty-two songs explicitly mention God by name. Jesus is mentioned in eighty-one songs. The Holy Spirit is mentioned twenty times. Although the Holy Spirit's work is always focused on exalting God in Christ (John 16), this is not »

Reformation Song

We are inching closer and closer to October 31, 2017, the day that marks five hundred years since Martin Luther sparked off the Protestant Reformation in Wittenburg, Germany. If you've not been able to get up to speed on the what and why of this formative event in church history, take the opportunity now to read the previous post Reformation »

The (Im)Possible Job

It's been said that song-leaders ("worship" leaders/pastors) in the church are subjected to the most impossible of jobs. It's not having to perform flawlessly in front of a large group. Its not having to work and lead fastidious musicians. Its not even having to choose the "right" songs. Above all of these, the most impossible »

His Mercy Is More

"Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of His inheritance? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7: »