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THE GALLI REPORT - Friday, May 09, 2014

The Galli Report newsletter
Friday, May 09, 2014

I admit to being contemporary-worship-music challenged. Still, it does have a way of getting into the rhythms and feel of modern music, and it automatically ushers one into singing it, or at least tapping one's foot to the beat. Yet both the tunes and words can be—how can we put this charitably?—uh, less than admirable. But it is here to stay and we hymn fanboys need to practice the classic virtue of forbearance.
That being said, there is still much to be said. For instance, it's good to recall a little history: check out "How a 17-year-old girl changed the way we worship God."
In Internet years, "What Can Miserable Christians Sing?" is ancient, about seven years old. But the case for using the biblical Psalms in worship—including the Psalms of lament—still pertains.
I suspect the worship music wars will not cease until we all find ourselves before the throne of God singing . . . hymns.

I'm a modern news reader: that is, I'm inundated with bad news every hour of every day. It's even worse as a journalist because my job requires me to read more news than I frankly care about. So most bad news does not move me, I'm sorry to say. This is a profession that excels at hardening the heart.
But some stories break through, such as the radical Islamic group Boko Haram kidnapping over 200 Nigerian girls in order to sell them as brides to local militants. It's a complicated story, which is why I like journalistic primers like this that can guide me in how to act and pray.

On the good news front, most readers are not aware that we're making huge strides in eliminating global poverty. I noted such in "The Best Ways to Fight Poverty—Really" a couple of years ago. Recently the Barna Group did a series of infographics and illustrations that make the same point.

Okay, maybe ugly churches are more bad news than funny news. Then again, if you can view "The Ugliest Churches in the World" with some ironic distance, a few of your gasps may turn into chuckles. Jesus promised that the gates of hades would not prevail against the church, but it appears that some church architects might.

Until next week, grace and peace,

Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Editor, Christianity Today

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