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“Let Your Hearts Revive”: How a Full-time Musician, Turned Full-time Mom, Is Composing for the Church

Interviewer’s note: I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the Toronto-based violist and composer Emily Hiemstra. While this interview features her newly released album Let Your Hearts Revive on the Psalms for congregational singing, this interview also aims to encourage other artists who are Christian to see their vocation as valuable in the eyes of the Lord, to see the Lord’s faithfulness in the difficult journey of being an artist, and to see the intentionality that comes from doing music as a Christian. What has your journey as a musician been like? I grew up doing lots of different activities,...

What Happened at the Council of Nicaea?

It’s a common accusation, “the books of the Bible were chosen at the Council of Nicaea.” I have read it in books and internet forums as well as heard it from laypeople and academics. It is a line that has been repeated over and over, having taken on a life of its own due to the popularity of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and the explosion of promulgation due to the internet. One of the main characters in the Da Vinci Code, Leigh Teabing, states at one point that, “Constantine commissioned and financed a new Bible, which omitted those...

Bach: A Theologian at the Workplace

There is a theologian that your non-Christian friends probably know better and love more than you do. He died 270 years ago but is still sharing the whole counsel of God in places around the world, including those that remain hostile to the Gospel. Many mainstream radio hosts claim that his abilities and influence on culture and individuals are unsurpassed. Have you heard of him? Perhaps there is no better example of a theologian at the workplace than the musician and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Music students study him; modern harmony is largely indebted to him; his music (which is...

Glorifying God through Arts And Culture

In On Christian Doctrine, Augustine writes that “wherever truth may be found, it belongs to his Master!” (On Christian Doctrine, II.18.28). All truth is God’s truth. The apostle Paul illustrates the point by harkening Athenians to see glimmers of the truth even in their own altar to the unknown god on Mars Hill (see Acts 17:16–34). Paul knew that the Athenian unbelievers had, in their heart of hearts, an awareness of the supreme living God (Rom 1:18–21), so he used this truth hidden among their altars and poets to reveal the truth of God to them. Christians have a tendency...

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