The Balm in Gilead podcast explores music made for worship and entertainment and attempts to hold it up to a Biblical worldview. Bryan and Grant co-host this look at CCM and Worship music. Be sure to rate and review in iTunes. And, tell your friends!

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The Balm in Gilead podcast explores music made for worship and entertainment and attempts to hold it up to a Biblical worldview. Bryan and Grant co-host this look at CCM and Worship music. Be sure to rate and review in iTunes. And, tell your friends!

    07 – Gratefully Sing His Wonderful Love

    07 – Gratefully Sing His Wonderful Love


    * KJV Song 5:4 and direct translation.* Psalm 119:11* Deuteronomy 6:5* Mark 12:30

    Worship is Holistic

    * The Shema – Deuteronomy 6* The Greatest Commandment – Mark 12* The Woman at the Well – John 4* Living Sacrifices – Romans 12

    Four vehicles of worship

    We can worship God with our thoughts, with our deeds, with our attitudes, and with our devotion.  There is a complex overlapping of these vehicles (much like the overlapping of red, green, and blue light to create all possible colors of light). All worship practices originate from heart, soul, mind, and strength. 

    However, when any of these vehicles is used intentionally much more than the others, it will lead toward unhealthy worship practices.

    The Antinomian view of worship

    The view that God’s love for us is of utmost importance. The idea that we should primarily focus on what God has done for me. Valuing declared love over true obedience.

    The Charismatic view of worship

    The view that feelings are of utmost importance. The idea that we should primarily focus on achieving a closeness to God. Valuing personal experience over actual spiritual growth.

    The Legalistic view of worship

    The view that action is of utmost importance. The idea that we should primarily focus on our work for God. Valuing the letter of the law over the spirit of the law.

    The Gnostic view of worship

    The view that knowledge is of utmost importance. The idea that we should primarily focus on learning and understanding God. Valuing knowing about God over knowing God.

    All four of these views of worship are idolatrous and worship the vehicle rather than use the vehicle to worship God.  However, when God remains the focus of worship, while the worshipper may be inclined toward one vehicle, he will be drawn to seek God through the others as well.

    Show Links

    * Join the conversation on Slack! http://slack.techreformation.com* The Lightest Form of Flogging – Translation episode* Mark Lowry – Seat of the Emotions* The Bible Project – The Shema* Praise Songs about Love* Babylon Bee – Power Of God Waits In Church Foyer Until Chorus Of ‘Holy Spirit’* The Heidelblog – Your Honor, The Prosecution Rests

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    06 – O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing

    06 – O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing

    Liturgy—your church has one whether you know about it or not. This week we discuss liturgy and how the Psalms specifically set up what your intrepid hosts believe to be a good one.

    Song of preparation*

    Call to worship

    Song of adoration

    Confession of sin

    Assurance of pardon

    Confession of lament

    Assurance of comfort

    Profession of faith

    Offering of thanksgiving

    Song of supplication 

    Preparation of the word

    Preparation of the table 

    Song of reflection*

    Song of anticipation*

    Song of commission

    Song of benediction

    *Categories Bryan thought of while recording and/or editing. AKA, real-time follow-up.

    Show Links

    * Join us on Slack! https://slack.techreformation.com* Adam Ford’s newsletter part 1 and part 2* Is the New Evangelical Liturgy Really An Improvement? by Kevin DeYoung* Excerpt from the book History of the Christian Church. This lists several historical liturgies from both the Eastern and Western traditions.

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    Snow Fall Gentle

    Snow Fall Gentle

    This week, Bryan shares the song he wrote Snow Fall Gentle after losing his daughter Kit to a congenital heart defect.

    Kathleen “Kit” Felicity EmersonMay 22, 2019 – November 9, 2019

    The day we learned she had a congenital heart defect, it snowed.The day we buried her, it snowed.The day I wrote this song, it snowed.

    Verse 1I watch the snow fall gentle onThe empty street belowMy arms are cold and empty nowThat she is gone, and while I know

    There is a time to laugh a time to hurtA time for death a time for birth

    I don’t know why I couldn’t have more time with her.

    ChorusThe snow keeps falling gentleThe cold keeps mocking meAnd I’m reminded things are notJust how they’re meant to be

    I know the sun will comeAnd set this cold world freeThen maybe I could think of something simpleAnd watch the snow fall gentle

    Verse 2I think of all Your promisesYour gifts of love and graceI think of how You lavish thoseOn such an undeserving race

    But could I take the sun without the frostOr see your throne without the cross?

    I know her gain Is so much greater than my loss.

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    05 – Lift up your voice and with us sing

    05 – Lift up your voice and with us sing

    Psalm Reading: Psalm 5

    The kids ruined my 2019 playlist, but here it is anyway.

    Our main topic is working through 5 (actually 6) categories of songs from the point of what is appropriate for church worship. Without further ado, here is the official list.

    Type 0: The Psalms. Always appropriate for church use, no question.Type 1: Songs meant for congregational worshipType 2: Songs with explicitly Christian contentType 3: Songs from inside the Christian worldview without explicitly Christian contentType 4: Songs from outside the Christian worldview that still address issues like the fallen condition or desire for restorationType 5: Songs from outside the Christian worldview that ignore the fallen condition and might even celebrate sin

    Show Links

    * Bryan’s songs on Soundcloud* You & I – Colony House music video* Hurt – Johnny Cash music video* Show Playlist on Spotify

    And of course, you can find out more about the show, tell us your perspective, and interact with other listeners on our Slack channel on Tech Reformation. Go to slack.techreformation.com to join!

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    Special Episode: In Memorium

    Special Episode: In Memorium

    This week is a special episode not like our others. We take a moment to mourn the loss of Bryan’s daughter Kit.


    Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7ChOLzfRuZcKRqXxYL3d9H

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    04 – Love Lifted Even Me

    04 – Love Lifted Even Me

    This is the Hard Love episode. We’re not fans, but we bring it up to show the difference between Christian music and Christian-sounding music. Send your Love/Hate mail to thereis@balmcast.com


    * I Surrender Some | The Babylon Bee https://babylonbee.com/news/hymnals-updated-surrender-lyric* Grace Gracefully Graces Me (have you watched this yet?) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cst1YYQZwsM* Progressive Evangelical Leaders Meet To Affirm Doctrine Of ‘Sola Feels’ | The Babylon Bee – https://babylonbee.com/news/progressive-evangelical-leaders-meet-affirm-doctrine-sola-feels* SongFacts background story to Hard Love by Needtobreathe – https://www.songfacts.com/facts/needtobreathe/hard-love* Behind the Song – “Alive” by Big Daddy Weave – https://www.newreleasetoday.com/article.php?article_id=2691* Playlist – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7E3gthR4FBWcWSHWr27uUb

    The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery’s entry on how “Darkness” is used throughout the Bible is insightful. Most germane to our discussion here is this part of the entry:

    Deliverance From Darkness. The greatest of God’s acts in regard to darkness, though, is his spiritual rescue of people from darkness through the work of Christ. God himself “is light and in him there is no darkness at all” (1 Jn 1:5). Christ is a light that “shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (Jn 1:5). Whoever follows Jesus “will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (Jn 8:12). Jesus came “as light into the world,” so that everyone who believes in him “should not remain in the darkness” (Jn 12:46). In a similar vein Paul writes that believers in Christ once “were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light” (Eph 5:8 NRSV).Whether as a symbol or as a spiritual principle, darkness is the thing from which God in Christ delivers people. It thus figures in some of the great images of redemption that we find in the Bible. With the coming of Jesus “the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned” (Mt 4:16 NRSV; cf. Lk 1:70). To escape the lost state requires nothing less than a divine rescue mission: Christ “has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Col 1:13 NRSV). Those who believe in Christ as savior are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, … called out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pet 2:9 NRSV). For people who are God’s children, “the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining” (1 Jn 2:8 NRSV).Ryken, L., Wilhoit, J., Longman, T., Duriez, C., Penney, D., & Reid, D. G. (2000). In Dictionary of biblical imagery (electronic ed., p. 193). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

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