It's the weekend and at some point you'll probably relax to your favourite music, watch a film with a catchy title track - or hit the dance floor.
There's no doubt that listening to your favourite music can instantly put you in a good mood.
As I've already written, conflicts over music have been common through out church history.
Christians have listened to and enjoyed all of kinds of music. In seeking to determine what is the right music for a church, it's important that we use biblical principles in our evaluation.
It’s almost hymn-like.” It’s Elton John mixed with an old Southern Spiritual from the American Civil War. “Take Me to Church” by Hozier could only have been written by an Irishmen with Catholic roots.
When he sings of “Church,” it is a “sacrifice” at a “shrine” with a “ritual” and includes “I’ll tell you my sins.” However, Hozier’s religion is not Protestant or Evangelical Christianity.
When we apply the purpose test to our music, we choose songs whose purpose lines up with our own as Christians and the values of our local church. An otherwise good song may be rejected because of its associations.
According to one piece of research, both these systems react sensitively to music.
When slow rhythms are played, our blood pressure and heartbeat slow down which helps us breathe more slowly, thus reducing muscle tension in our neck, shoulders, stomach and back.
f you have a radio in your car, you have probably heard the popular song “Take Me to Church” by Irish recording artist Hozier.
For those who don’t listen to the radio or care about pop music, all you need to know is that this song was nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammy’s.