Monthly Archives: August 2013

The anti-idolatry campaign…

John D. Witvliet reminds us that every time we sing praise to the triune God, we are asserting our opposition to anything that would attempt to stand in God’s place.  Every hymn of praise is a little anti-idolatry campaign, as Walter Brueggemann explains:  “The affirmation of Yahweh always contains a polemic against someone else. . . It may be that the [exiles] will sing such innocuous-sounding phrases as ‘Glory to God in the highest,’ or ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow.’  Even those familiar phrases are polemical, however, and stake out new territory for the God now about to be aroused to new caring”

–see Walter Brueggemann, Cadences of Home: Preaching Among the Exiles (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1997), 128.

The voice of the church…

“It is the voice of the Church that is heard in singing together. It is not you that sings, it is the Church that is singing, and you, as a member of the Church, may share in its song.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996), 68.