Stylos is the blog of Jeff Riddle, a Reformed Baptist Pastor in North Garden, Virginia. The title "Stylos" is the Greek word for pillar. In 1 Timothy 3:15 Paul urges his readers to consider "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar (stylos) and ground of the truth."
Image (left side): Decorative urn with title for the book of Acts in Codex Alexandrinus.
Wednesday, June 08, 2022
Book Review: Dan Lucarini, Why I Left the CCM Movement
Just posted audio versions of this review. Hard to believe I wrote this c. 18 years ago. Hope it still has some relevance. I also posted the written review to my academia.edu page. You can read it here.
The problems I have with Contemporary Christian Music are:
I can't understand the words
I like the traditional hymns, and CCM is the opposite of traditional music
The music is often amplified, and it doesn't need to be. Play it on acoustic instruments at a comfortable decibel level and see how it sounds - generally poorly.
Most CCM doesn't support the sermon, which is the main reason I attend services.
On the rare occasion that I found a church with a choir, the choir director acted like a lounge singer and the choir was his back up band.
Thanks for keeping your blog up.
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