12 thoughts on “A Music Break

  1. Teresa says:

    Just beautiful. One thing I hate is having to explain why an instrument like this is more appropriate in church than something like rap. Why do people have such a hard time understanding that?

  2. John says:

    To the contrary, everyone DOES understand that rap and other forms of music are not appropriate for anything serious. Music is never neutral. (See Tom Schlueter’s very insightful article on this.) It doesn’t matter how liberal someone is, if he respects something, you’ll see an appropriate choice of music. You would never hear a liberal play that jungle music at anything he respects, such as a funeral, wedding processional, or memorial. Why? Because he knows it’s disrespectful and the event is serious. People KNOW what type of music is not respectful and not serious. It’s just that they don’t respect God’s house, and thus they treat it like a circus. Make people understand that church is to be respected, and the inappropriate music will go with it without us having to say a word.

  3. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    It is an amazing thing to sit and watch artists like this take a piece of wood and some horsehair and make the music of the angels. Just animals, say the evolutionists. They have absolutely no explanation for music (see any animals play a concerto lately?) for beauty, for our ability to even perceive what beauty is. It’s the stamp of our Creator on us as God’s highest form of creation. God made us to glorify Him, and even musicians who deny His existence can’t stop themselves from showing forth the beauty and power of our Creator God. I once sat at a concert where opera singer Marilyn Horn sang “Shall We Gather at the River.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the house that night with people of every age, race and background. Why? Because we all have souls and we know deep down (even those who try so hard to repress it) that we were designed to have fellowship with God. We suppress that in unrighteousness, but glimmers of it break through at moments like that. Creation itself shows forth God’s glory so we are without excuse.

  4. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    I would add that less than 20 minutes away from this concert hall in Israel, terrorists plot how to kill, steal and destroy–to wipe out the Israelis. That contrast between beauty and morality, hatred and evil is nowhere more seen than in the Middle East as these Israelis live under a constant fear of attack from those who live to perpetuate death. The world is such a strange place because of sin. Thank God that He allowed so much beauty in a world ruined by it.

  5. Pearl says:

    Beautiful, haunting, soul-stirring…thank you for sharing it.

    I’d be interested to read this article by Tom Schlueter. Music is an extremely powerful medium for good or evil.

    Also, my thoughts exactly, Ingrid, though I’ve not been able to express them quite as succinctly.

  6. julie says:

    Ingrid, sorry this is totally off topic! But could you do one of your posts on reading and good books you’ve read lately? I’m always looking for good books and you always have some great suggestions. My favorites are Christian biographies, esp missionary ones. Thanks!

  7. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    One word. Tom. He has introduced me to so much and taught me a great deal about classical music. It always amazes me how much he knows about composers and orchestras and conductors, etc. Sometimes, too, I’m looking for one piece on YouTube and then find another in the right hand column that makes me curious, and then I fall in love with a new piece! There’s so much out there for free now, that we can all be rich with good music.

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