I’m always glad to see a pastor articulate music philosophy for his church–too often, that task is relegated to the music guy, and the results are sometimes theologically and hermeneutically unfortunate. So I want to take a few posts and share some helpful remarks by pastors  attempting to describe the music philosophy at their church.

First up: this morning I read a post by David Crabb that is one of the most level-headed, concise statements of church music philosophy I’ve seen in a while.

There’s a lot to commend here, but I’ll just note that I appreciate his comments on the inherent unifying work of the Gospel and our responsibility to work toward unity across certain boundaries we’ve tended to give up on rather than transcend — boundaries like age and personal music choices.  I’ve told my students that if you want to use a song in corporate worship, but you can’t imagine your grandpa singing it, you might reconsider.


Here there is not Greek and Jew,
circumcised and uncircumcised,
barbarian, Scythian,
slave, free;
but Christ is all, and in all.

— Colossians 3:11 (ESV)