Devotional album’s Scripture-based songs shine

Monday, June 8, 2015

Title: Lost and Found
Author: Cory Alstad
Lost and Found by Cory Alstad is a melodious journey on themes of hope, love and trust. The album is comprised of songs the experienced worship leader has written over the last years.

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Worship where it is due

Friday, October 10, 2014

Title: Resonate: Enjoying God’s Gift of Music
Author: Mark Beuving
The local classical radio station is currently running a commercial in which the symphony conductor is asked what it’s like to conduct. His response is a question…

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Slum youth make music from garbage

Monday, April 28, 2014

“Music is the universal language of [hu]mankind,” wrote American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The Recycled Orchestra demonstrates music’s power to transcend barriers, unite people across generations, and resonate with people divided by cultural and socio-economic differences.

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Honesty triumphs in suspenseful legal drama

Friday, February 14, 2014

Dog Days Entertainment
Jimmy Mitchell is a 14-year-old boy with a below-average IQ, an extreme fear of water and the ability to see angels. His uncompromising honesty puts him in the path of danger when he takes the stand in his defense lawyer father’s case, angering the town police and setting a drug dealer free.

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Worship for the French universe

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Matthieu Nantel had composed three verses to a worship song, but a chorus wasn’t coming together. Fellow church music team member Mélodie Després had written a chorus, but didn’t have any verses. Over the next year, the two musicians married their lyrics, ther talents – and each other.

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Music of the heart

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus heals a woman so crippled in body she couldn’t stand up straight for 18 years. Not only does Jesus free the woman from her physical ailment, he ministers emotional and spiritual healing by chastising those who criticize her, and naming her a daughter of Abraham. “This is my story,” says singer/songwriter Cathy AJ Hardy.

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Choir reunites to sing director’s praises

Sunday, June 23, 2013

One December 2012 night, Duane Arndt dreamed about a reunion honouring choir director Jake Willms and his wife Rita. After a Facebook post about Arndt’s dream received dozens of response in the first 24 hours, he called Jake’s oldest daughter Lori Willms Neufeld, and a reunion committee was formed. Arndt’s somnolent reverie galvanized Reach Out/Celebration Choir alumni across the country to offer tribute to man who changed the course of many lives one song at a time.

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Does the church need Superman?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Superman is not a newcomer to pop culture. This displaced super-powered alien made his first appearance in Action Comics #1 in 1938. (Looks pretty good for his age, doesn’t he?) Over the years, writers have depicted Superman differently depending on current trends: he has taken on Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, even world hunger.

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2 perspectives on worship

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Seniors can handle change – but not at breakneck pace
Generation vs. generation: Is it really about the music?

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Discerning music, Part 4

Monday, April 1, 2013

The ends for which we live
One lazy Sunday afternoon, my daughter Janaya, home from Columbia Bible College, was slouched on the couch with a book. “Whatcha reading?” I queried. “The Celebration of Discipline,” came her reply. “Ah, Richard Foster,” I acknowledged; “that’s all about musicians.” She looked puzzled. “No, it isn’t,” came her clear but reticent response. “I’m halfway through and there’s nothing about musicians here.”

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Discerning Music, Part 3

Friday, March 1, 2013

Working the muscle of attention
We’ve discussed listening instead of merely hearing. We’ve discussed the context of God’s love affecting how we choose to listen. Now, let’s exercise listening’s capacity to pay attention to God in our lives.

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Discerning music, Part 2

Monday, February 4, 2013

Transforming taste through love
Discerning good music is a hornet’s nest if there ever was one. We often declare what we like as good, tying its value to our taste. This is not unreasonable; like attracts like. We call a restaurant good if it produces quality food with flavours we appreciate. Good friends return our affection for them. Why shouldn’t good music be joined together with our taste?

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Discerning music, Part 1

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The one who has ears
When I was a young boy, as my Dad and I were driving one day, he reached over, turned up the radio, looked at me, and said, “Hear that? That’s soul!”

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Keening for the Dawn

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Bell rings out worthy Advent album Keening for the Dawn    Steve Bell As December approaches, it seems obligatory for musicians to release a Christmas album. In today’s struggling…

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Concert celebrates Christmas with carol contest

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Throw out your stereotypes of stuffy classical musicians: violinist and conductor Calvin Dyck isn’t content to celebrate Christmas the same way twice. The Bakerview MB Church, Abbotsford, B.C.,…

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