Sound theology should shape everything we do in corporate worship. But what does that mean for music in particular? Don Carson recently sat down with worship leaders Keith Getty and Matt Boswell to discuss the relationship between the truth we believe and the songs we sing.
"The revival in theology many TGC leaders have seen in our generation has happened because they discovered and learned from leaders of previous generations," Getty observes. Losing our musical heritage, he warns, is a danger for our generation.
And though excellent worship songs aren't less than declarations of orthodoxy, they are considerably more. As Carson remarks, "It's easy to churn out orthodox theology; it's not easy to say old things in new and creative ways."
Boswell, editor of the new TGC Worship blog and contributor (along with Carson) to TGC's Songs for the Book of Luke album, explains his desire to approach texts—whether Scriptures or songs—like a pastor. "I want to feed my congregation out of my own soul," he says, "and to feed my soul by reading books of substance, depth, and richness." Along similar lines, Getty adds, "There are lots of young guys trying to write songs, but it's the responsibility of every pastor to feed his congregation a balanced diet and to oversee what is being sung."
Watch the full 10-minute video to hear why great melodies are like great restaurants, how J. I. Packer's Knowing God helps Getty write songs, and more. And look in September for the release of music from our 2013 National Conference in the new album Keith & Kristyn Getty Live at The Gospel Coalition.
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Matt Smethurst serves as associate editor for The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife Maghan have two children and live in Louisville, Kentucky, where they belong to Third Avenue Baptist Church. You can follow him on Twitter.