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Hymns, Hymnals, and Worship with Dr. Jonathan PowersHymns, Hymnals, and Worship with Dr. Jonathan Powers

Hymns, Hymnals, and Worship with Dr. Jonathan Powers

June 23 2022


Do we need a new hymnal? What does a collection of worship materials do for the church? I am thankful that the broad pan-Wesleyan movement will be united by “Our Great Redeemer’s Praise,” a new hymnal published by Seedbed. I loved having my friend, Dr. Jonathan Powers, on the podcast to talk about this hymnal. We also talk about the theological significance of UFOs. Check it out here.

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Dr. Jonathan Powers is the Assistant Professor of Worship at Asbury Theological Seminary and joined the Asbury Seminary faculty in the summer of 2017. He has a passion for the intersection of liturgy and spiritual formation in the life of the church. He has authored and co-authored several articles, chapters, and books, all published by Seedbed. Jonathan was named the associate dean of the School of Mission and Ministry at Asbury Theological Seminary in the summer of 2022.

Our Great Redeemer’s Praise: https://my.seedbed.com/hymnal/

Jonathan’s Seedbed Author Page: https://seedbed.com/author/jonathan-powers/

Jonathan’s Twitter: @jonboy017

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Transcript:
Welcome to the more to the story podcast we are in for a treat today something that's come around that you probably didn't even know is coming.

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Andy Miller III: And I have my friend, Dr Jonathan powers from asbury theological seminary here with me to talk about it, Jonathan welcome to the podcast.

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Jonathan Powers: Thank you, thanks for having me.

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Andy Miller III: hey Jonathan I go.

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Andy Miller III: way back back to when we both had baggy jeans and we're listening to ska music and I don't know if you were jars of clay and that sort of.

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Andy Miller III: Things and Jonathan was on the road to that in my mind.

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Andy Miller III: A band, let me embarrass you a little bit here.

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Andy Miller III: Today, and after university that I thought was the next jars of clay, I guess.

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Andy Miller III: So Jonathan you come a long ways.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah wow goodness yeah that was fun that's probably a good.

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Jonathan Powers: Good stylistic genre comparison there jars of clay to what we were doing that kind of acoustic folky aggressive stuff but CCM still say is yeah baggy jeans and bleached hair, I had the bleached hair back then to.

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Andy Miller III: drew drew.

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Jonathan Powers: Not anymore.

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Andy Miller III: it's interesting like what can happen in 20 years, so we go from being a i'm going to say a cutting edge Christian.

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Andy Miller III: Contemporary music sensation and asbury university.

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Andy Miller III: To be you know worship professor and now like ordained and the Anglican Church and studying him knowledge, and here we are talking about a new hymnal.

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Andy Miller III: you've had quite a ride so watch out for outline just briefly a little bit of your story what.

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Andy Miller III: What took you through on this path to get where you are, and then I want to talk about this exciting new project, you have.

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Jonathan Powers: Sure yeah you know growing up in the church my dad is a Methodist pastor united Methodist pastor and grew up in more traditional settings in eastern Kentucky that's my backgrounds all Eastern Kentucky and.

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Jonathan Powers: Just loved being in church and singing grew up on hymns.

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Jonathan Powers: My youth pastor started teaching me how to play guitar in youth group, so I could help him lead music at youth Group then eventually I can help with stuff in church every once in a while too so.

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Jonathan Powers: That first got me interested in worship and then as a university was doing the music scene writing songs and touring on the road and different things, and then.

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Jonathan Powers: had a lot of chances to lead in Chapel and hall prayers and.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah from events you know retreats and things really got into that I just loved.

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Andy Miller III: says you're great at it.

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Jonathan Powers: Oh, thank you.

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Jonathan Powers: it's been on me my youth pastor really he invested in me to say it's not just about the music, how do you think about worship and the whole of worship and.

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Jonathan Powers: I really appreciate that his name is drew mcneil's campus Minister now at morehead State University.

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Jonathan Powers: And drew is he invested in me so much in that, but it never really left me even in college, I was doing this more performative on the road running.

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Jonathan Powers: But my love was there in you know, in the worship the congregated worship, I didn't like being up front and doing the performance side, I really liked the participatory stuff.

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Jonathan Powers: Right and that that kind of shepherding the congregation's participation.

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Jonathan Powers: So I I just knew that staying in a in a band and doing the performance thing was not me I didn't find satisfaction in it, I didn't hear I didn't since a calling towards it was great in college, so I actually didn't missions work overseas and Uganda, for some time.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah then came back and did youth ministry in North Carolina for a few years and didn't really do music, while I was there I didn't lead music and missed it yeah I really did coming to seminary then after a few years in North Carolina came to seminary and got.

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Jonathan Powers: got in touch with Lester Ruth who was.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah of worship here, and when I started meeting and I started studying worship more academically.

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Jonathan Powers: And started studying lyrical theologies definitely Charles Wesley How does he embody wesleyan theology in his song lyrics.

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Jonathan Powers: In not just a cognitive intellectual kind of way, but even an emotive How does he bring all this together in this really beautiful way.

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Jonathan Powers: So I love that and Lester and I did a lot of studying that and I thought i'd go on and do a PhD and lyrical theology local theology of Charles Wesley but I.

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Jonathan Powers: ended up staying some other things with worship and focused on Robert Weber instead.

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Jonathan Powers: um but that's always been there that's i've always had that love for it and have done a lot of writing and just continual research on lyrical theology, and how music plays into that you know how does music in lyric how do these things work together.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah how do they in worship and in this song form of worship and prayer and.

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Jonathan Powers: It yeah I mean part of it started there with Lester and that academic way.

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Jonathan Powers: But i'd say it was also ingrained in me growing up in the church and experiencing it and just loving that aspect of worship that.

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Jonathan Powers: It was kind of a weird thing in some ways to say you know I mean you see it like flash mobs culturally and maybe like a sing along musical or something, but people don't just get together to sing anymore that's not what we do you know.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah so something beautiful about it at church to say we get together and seeing, and we do it passionately, you know.

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Jonathan Powers: So I just love that and i've loved studying it and saying, but it's not just about the passion it's not just about the emotion there's a theological aspect of it because it's for God, you know, this is, this is the.

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Jonathan Powers: congregation coming together, not for fun, but for God and to come before guide it says i've always been fascinated by that and understand well, what does that require of us then so not just well let's sing whatever what does it require of us, and so i'm.

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Jonathan Powers: Looking at stop there.

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Andy Miller III: Let me so like in that in that moment, there is something powerful that happens, as we have ideas in our head ideas that come from the great consensual tradition of the church and then informs like a theology, and these are the most important metaphysical concepts that exists right.

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Andy Miller III: So they're there they're on a page and they're on a screen or on a wall, whatever it is.

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Andy Miller III: And then, all of a sudden, like.

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Andy Miller III: It then enters into a different mystery right like you have a whole nother mystery of music, which I haven't thought about this enough, but like is in itself to me.

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Andy Miller III: Almost a proof for the existence of God here you have this blend pitch in time and then you throw in all the dynamics of like what happens when people commute like you communally seen.

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Andy Miller III: it's like you have all those things happening together it it's not just a motive like this is a singing congregational is a theological act.

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Andy Miller III: And I love I love what it what it does for us.

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Andy Miller III: So I think it's it I like how you're you're identifying there something that you know you are part of that you experience, but now it's more fully been thought through and you're like Okay, what is that and investigating it.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah it's such a beautiful image of the Church, if you think of it as many bodies, but one sound right like when you hear something you can hear many things, I mean that's like the Trinity that's what JEREMY bagby says yeah music.

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Andy Miller III: helps us, on the other, stick JEREMY begbies at Cambridge Cambridge strain.

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Jonathan Powers: Of yes.

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Andy Miller III: musician and.

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Jonathan Powers: yellow agenda.

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Andy Miller III: And so, if you haven't found yet name is spelled like those are my people my audience and Salvation Army, the early biographer of William booth bagby be EG be IE I always wonder if they're related but so.

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Andy Miller III: But yeah.

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Andy Miller III: I see, I know you and I know JEREMY bagby.

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Andy Miller III: yeah I want to make sure people.

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Andy Miller III: may be combined his name to keep going down.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah no that's great yeah but I love that theological aspects of music that many.

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Jonathan Powers: Voices contribute many, many sounds come together, so you have distinction like you would say in the person's of the Trinity.

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Andy Miller III: yeah yeah um.

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Jonathan Powers: But you also have a unity, because you only hear one thing you know.

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Jonathan Powers: And so, also just the body of Christ so think of it as the body of Christ, many Members, but one body it's hard for us to visualize that physically right.

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Jonathan Powers: I mean you can get there with like what was the the power Rangers The thing that.

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Jonathan Powers: comes together, and all this, but I still don't get it, because you still have these.

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Andy Miller III: is, I think, Jonathan you're betraying our generation.

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Andy Miller III: Okay, I got because power Rangers was not our generation.

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Andy Miller III: let's get this dress priorities.

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Jonathan Powers: So trigger.

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Andy Miller III: A bowl jobs, the same concept, but whatever reason didn't take off like the eight versions of power Rangers.

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Jonathan Powers: Okay, so true yeah.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah, but I think about that, like the visual images don't quite her puzzled P, you know you have all the pieces that come together into one picture.

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Jonathan Powers: That kind of gets there but music just has a different way of doing that that like you're immersed in it you're surrounded by it, it brings you into something so much larger than yourself there's it's just beautiful.

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Jonathan Powers: How that comes together, and so I think of that and I also think of you know CS Lewis and jr Tolkien are it's fascinating and the worlds that they create so you take CS Lewis has you know most popular world is narnia.

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Jonathan Powers: And jr Tolkien his most popular world is middle Earth.

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Jonathan Powers: And both of them when they talk about the creation narratives.

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Jonathan Powers: Things are song into being.

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Jonathan Powers: amen know.

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Jonathan Powers: Like it's music that students so there's a singing into the creation that has a singing as and so there's there's there's this the singing the song aspect of US was trying to say the song aspect of it and there's this sense that.

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Jonathan Powers: I you know I don't have scriptural proofreading like this to back it up, but we're some theologians so they they believe when, God speaks it comes out a song like we would hear this song and because it's such a creative expressive way of communicating and.

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Jonathan Powers: there's something so mysterious and beautiful and participatory about music that draws us into it to say like what if god's voice when we actually hear it in its purest form is more musical than what we think in terms of this.

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Andy Miller III: You know when you're talking about even your own vocational direction here and, and this is a bit of a sidebar but maybe somebody just needs to hear these type of vocational pieces to that you and I experience, I had a.

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Andy Miller III: Similar feeling being a music major at at asbury university and as a competition may drive, so I love that I mean I I love studying music and.

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Andy Miller III: I still love experiencing in writing, to a certain extent, but not like I used to, but when I found it like similar to you like wake up, you had to you guys, it was a successful band, and it could have like probably gone on to other things.

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Andy Miller III: And did, to a certain degree.

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Andy Miller III: um I as a composer I had some success, but I found that I I kind of hit a high point like I had a piece that one the Kentucky music educators.

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Jonathan Powers: Oh yeah right.

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Andy Miller III: yeah so it was a big moment for me.

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Andy Miller III: And I realized as excited as I was to present that piece, I was most excited about telling people about it.

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Jonathan Powers: Oh yeah.

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Andy Miller III: I kept on finding that if my own music, on my own music making.

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Andy Miller III: I like telling people about the message of the day, more than the music and that kind of like led me to say.

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Andy Miller III: All right, what is it that I like the best year and I like that about your own color here you are and just performing a function, but what you realize while you're doing that was what you liked was escorting this this communal act.

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Andy Miller III: yeah and leading people into this mystery that helps to hopefully points into something else right.

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Jonathan Powers: Yes, exactly yeah I always say I use the image of a telescope a lot of times when i'm teaching this to say.

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Jonathan Powers: You know it's not the music itself not supposed to be looked at, or admired, I mean it's it can be a beautiful thing and we can say wow that's.

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Jonathan Powers: Wonderful This is great music, but like a telescope it's meant to be looked through to bring the image into a better view, we can see more of that image, we can see.

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Jonathan Powers: The details out of the characteristics and a better and clearer way.

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Jonathan Powers: If it's just the music that we're focusing on it's like taking the telescopes and Look how beautiful his telescope is and all the features and all this that's great there's nothing wrong with that wonderfully crafted telescope that's not the purpose of the telescope.

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Jonathan Powers: um, so I think that with music say yes, you can say that is a.

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Jonathan Powers: Beautiful melody and listen to the way those violins come in, or the way that this voice how great that voices, but if we get caught up in that we're focused on the lesser thing.

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Jonathan Powers: The thing it's meant to be useful to bring us into something greater, and so I think of.

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Jonathan Powers: Music serving that same purposes telescope if we're not actually looking through it to see the moon, or to see Jupiter in a more clear way then we're not actually using the telescope properly.

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Andy Miller III: yeah I love it Okay, so I want to make sure to get to talk about this him, though, but we might take a few other I want to go back to a few of those other points to.

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Andy Miller III: But here we are, you and I was invited and joined you on a committee, think about a new pan Wesley in him know and the idea like that I can Wesley and meaning it kind of goes across the various traditions.

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Andy Miller III: You know kind of of the children and grandchildren denominational of john Wesley so I was kind of like there i'm representing the Salvation Army free Methodist nazarene amy amy Z united Methodist and keep on going down down the list I.

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Andy Miller III: Had a bunch of people come together to put together this hymnal now, before we talk about like what got in that him know and how we got there.

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Andy Miller III: Why ahem know this is my question like, why do we need it like does anybody even use a hymnal Jonathan like, why should we even be thinking about printing a hymnal.

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Jonathan Powers: that's a fantastic question you know that's and that's a big question today are him those relevant or him those worth looking into as the age of the hymnal died.

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Jonathan Powers: I don't think it has you know, for the same reason that I mean different reasons I think there's similarities i'm not trying to equate them, but the same reason we wouldn't say a print Bible a hard copy Bible is.

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Jonathan Powers: a thing of the past, you know we know it's actually important um and when I draw those similarities to say you know the the Bible, we see the Bible, we have a tangible.

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Andy Miller III: think the next tangible yeah some of those tangible I didn't want to say, like artifact or relic and that's again yeah.

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Jonathan Powers: I don't.

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Jonathan Powers: A Bible that but yeah that's something to say like this is what we believe you can look at it say in here, this is what I believe this is what the Church is founded on this is what has been handed down to us.

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Jonathan Powers: Now, of course, the Bible is a closed canon and hymnal can be an open are changing canon but at least you can say at this time, this place, in time, so it might actually be more of an artifact or relic of him.

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Jonathan Powers: This point in time for those of us in the West Indian tradition, this embodies who we are, what we believe this embodies our song so there's an identity that's there right we say in the hymnal it carries an identity.

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Jonathan Powers: Where digital it that can get lost or how do you have a cannon I mean to use that word cannon you know select set group of.

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Jonathan Powers: songs are you know it's a books of the Bible for the for the Bible, but for the handled say these songs We have carefully selected and chosen these like because it's limited we can't put everything in there.

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Jonathan Powers: These are ones that have been very carefully selected and chosen to say there's an identity embedded in them about who we are.

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Jonathan Powers: about this tradition that we've come from the theology that's been handed down and how we worship God, who we believe God is not just we are who we believe God is.

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Jonathan Powers: And the ways that we pray to God and ways that we sing about God there's there's there's a cannon there um there's a you know part of the the hymnal as well, is it.

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Jonathan Powers: It literally allows us to be on the same page when we're saying.

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Jonathan Powers: One of the things that happens with digital media and.

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Jonathan Powers: kind of not having music and reading music is you get all kinds of iteration that even with hymns that happens, but.

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Jonathan Powers: You can at least take a him, though, and say like this is how we're seeing it not, that we had I ridged with a but at least say we can be on the same page, you can look at it, you can know it, the words you know, there might be six versions of.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah come now found, but this is the version we're using because of the theology, is that you know what we're literally on the same page here.

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Andy Miller III: Like you have your own preferences that come to so.

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Andy Miller III: If you ever been someplace there's often people will if they sing for before a meal, you might.

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Andy Miller III: sing something be present at our table Lord right.

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Andy Miller III: Through all I believe in the Holy Spirit the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins there's no it's like why it was such an interesting organizational.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah so I mean it really was an effort to make it pan wesleyan, as you said, like really embodying the wesleyan denominations wrestling traditions um.

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Jonathan Powers: Well, if you're Okay, excuse me i'm i'm going to take a step just a sidestep for a moment and share how we came up.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah yeah we did I mean you're exactly right there are some of those and there are a couple honestly that I mean that we weeded out beforehand, even just theologically we said, you know, maybe for that time.

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Jonathan Powers: So there were some of those things that that we just said, you know we can we can toss those um.

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Jonathan Powers: So yeah so so we put those together and the beauty of that was having consultants from the Salvation Army like you and caleb was wonderful because there were songs we would have never known you know I mean looking at it, there were songs that.

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Jonathan Powers: right and it didn't appear in very many him those but I said we got to keep that song because it's so good.

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Jonathan Powers: So we made some quick editorial decisions on our own even early on, but hearing back from the consultants from different traditions was so helpful, oh no, this is a song we we just love and we sing all the time we've got to keep um but not just from certain I mean it kind of it's it's.

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Jonathan Powers: It expanded across different styles and genres we had camp meeting songs.

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Jonathan Powers: Some spirituals that were coming in, you know more him like spirituals that were being suggested, and it was so beautiful to see all this come together and say wow these are wonderful songs and we can pull all this together and say look at who we are, as westlands across.

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Jonathan Powers: Yes, great span of traditions are not traditional but of denominations that are still from the same heritage, you know.

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Jonathan Powers: And the ways that we have this expression that can still be unified but also maintain some distinction, but not without coherence see you know, we were able to still say like Okay, this one is great.

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Jonathan Powers: And so we can still acknowledge that tradition and these hymns that were suggested and not feel bad about having to let go of that one particular song, because it was a little bit too too far, that would lose some coherence, see to what the hymnal is itself.

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Andy Miller III: I love it i'm excited to see what comes from these other you know other denominations outside of my own yeah i'm more familiar with the United Methodist him know, maybe because it's the largest.

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Andy Miller III: Like those songs that can really be powerful for the greater Christian world and sometimes in our own circles sociologically it's easy to kind of plant, the hatches down there is fruit to share.

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Andy Miller III: From from the whole Community so i'm i'm excited about john I really appreciate your work and making it.

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Jonathan Powers: happen yeah well you know here's some that's kind of fascinating is the oldest song in there is from.

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Jonathan Powers: Let me think at least the fourth century we've got Oh, let all mortal flesh keep silence which liturgy of St James we've got another we got a couple from john of Damascus that are in there translate, of course, in English.

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Jonathan Powers: So, if you look at oh glad some light.

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Jonathan Powers: Second century, you know i'm so glad some light is in there.

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Jonathan Powers: And so you've got it like from the second century, and I think the newest one in there if i'm not mistaken i'm trying to think we've got the blessing that I think came out in 2020 carry job and.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah people singing during the pandemic singing that song um what's the other one um it's phil wickham I can't believe i'm forgetting name but it's.

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Jonathan Powers: So yeah so living hope, which I think was 2018 or 19 maybe somewhere around there so just to think like Yes, this is an when I say like it's an artifact of historical artifact that's like a.

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Jonathan Powers: here's who we are, you know, given the music that we have available to us, you know we're saying it's not just the stuff written the last 50 years or the most popular stuff or last couple hundred years.

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Jonathan Powers: we're saying we're going all the way back to the second century, but also going back to just a couple years ago and so.

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Jonathan Powers: there's a good number of what we would consider to be contemporary hymns in there and even some that are.

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Jonathan Powers: him esque but might not be totally him so you know, a song like how great is our God you just can't deny that that's not been a very powerful and meaningful song in our world in the contemporary so you know, one of the most.

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Jonathan Powers: it's verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus but we said, you know that's okay we're going to still write it out like a him put it in the handle because we think it's important and it shows something about where we are, who we are and.

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Jonathan Powers: to also say it's not only you know, a hit a hymnal does not have to be filled with things that are at least 50 years old or.

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Jonathan Powers: Although 50 years from now, they will be, you know, but for now.

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Andy Miller III: and to be able to rest in fact that like Okay, this has been sung by the church for 50 years Hundred Years 200 years 2000 years okay 1800 1900 years like that there's something about that, like this has definitely stood the test of time.

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Andy Miller III: There also needs to be some new things that represent.

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Andy Miller III: Our time, even though they're not exactly cutting edge now i'm curious about that just from a pragmatic standpoint do those songs.

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Andy Miller III: Like using some of those more resources they have chord charts these like function, I mean said, you said you have adds a him gnome or is it printed in different the same the same way or how'd you go about that.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah we we work through that we talked to that and weren't sure exactly what we wanted to do at first and even considered we put chords in just for those songs.

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Jonathan Powers: or would we try to create an a website, you know and try to do you know, not just those songs but just start working through the him students.

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Jonathan Powers: Work we want you to for those that lead with a band or guitar whatever we want to be able to use this as well.

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Jonathan Powers: And we're not still sure what we're going to do, maybe in terms of website or resources like that we might eventually do something that's not like forefront for us right now, but we said for those we're just going to leave them as sent we want them to look very uniform.

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Jonathan Powers: there's things like CC Li that are out there song select those websites that you can go to and pull those chord charts.

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Jonathan Powers: Those that we don't need to reinvent the wheel we don't need to put more work on ourselves if somebody you know people are using those sites pretty well already.

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Jonathan Powers: So just trust that that will keep happening, we might put together our own resource eventually for this him, though, like, I said to go beyond just the contemporary more contemporary hymns and songs that are in there.

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Jonathan Powers: But we really do want this to look uniform as a hymnal and to help people see these aren't.

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Jonathan Powers: Even though they might be different in some ways they're still important to what we're doing in the symbol and we want them to be seen as part of the hymnal or not this just extra edition or something like that.

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Andy Miller III: yeah that's great you have that included.

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Andy Miller III: What other there are some other things that you've pulled back that you found even historical hymns that you've included in here, maybe some Charles Wesley hymns that haven't been used.

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Andy Miller III: I think there are some towns like that tell us about some of those exciting new things that will be a part of this.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah there are goodness, there are so many.

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Jonathan Powers: have just been lost or forgotten um so there's one called let earth and heaven combine so it's that real cosmic sense of worship yeah like.

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Jonathan Powers: 4000 types of seeing the verse glory to God and praise and love be ever ever given by earth the church below the church about.

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Jonathan Powers: By saints below and saints above the church and earth and heaven took me a minute to get there, but heaven and earth coming together sing worship, as this coming of the Church.

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Jonathan Powers: In its fullest way, and so this Wesley him that really impacts that well, and so you know, a fantastic him there that.

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Jonathan Powers: we're excited about you know Salvation Army has one like that, but earth and heaven agree that makes more on prayer in it.

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Jonathan Powers: Yes, yeah so kind of same idea where you know this Wesley let's talk about terms of worship, you have a Salvation Army one.

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Jonathan Powers: In a very similar way um there are, let me think.

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Jonathan Powers: One of the things that we're doing in it is also including a metrical Salter not a whole metrical Salter but we you know the songs were written to be sung and.

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Jonathan Powers: grab a handful just a select few songs that Julie tenant has put to rhyme and two meter that then are paired with familiar tunes so you can sing the Psalms you can actually sing the songs We said we really want to reclaim that.

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Jonathan Powers: there's other things like.

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Jonathan Powers: You know, alas, and did my savior bleed that we know which usually now we know it as at the Cross you know, alas, and did my savior bleed and format on.

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Jonathan Powers: The cross the Cross right yeah so you have this course it's added to it, but you know watched it and write the chorus he just wrote the lyrics and wentworth first so he said, you know one things we'd love to do with a seminal is to show how hymns have developed and adapted over time.

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Jonathan Powers: And and show different iterations but not all over the place, but every once in a while do some so he said why don't we do at the cross, but then right next to it let's put alas into my savior bleed the original Isaac Watts version.

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Jonathan Powers: here's what I mean, so the verses aren't really going to change, but you can see here's how watch wrote it and how it functioned before it had a chorus added to it.

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Jonathan Powers: Now here's the version, you know and love and there's nothing wrong with singing it that way, and doing that, but here's you know both iterations of this both expressions of it.

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Jonathan Powers: And so really excited for that i'm there i'm trying to think of some others.

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Andy Miller III: Well, let me, let me stop you for so.

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Andy Miller III: Please go ahead yeah i'm curious to thinking about maybe somebody listening to this right now and they're a pastor and there.

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Andy Miller III: They don't have a maybe have some volunteer musicians who helped them out and just thinking of what they normally go through and picking songs and picking music.

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Andy Miller III: And, as somebody who teaches worship, you probably attuned to some of the things that people are doing and and that.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah a couple of things that I think you're right that we just kind of fall back on the same yeah there's a.

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Jonathan Powers: I think CCL I put this out, but i've seen a few different places to say you know it's you can take a hymnal and most likely, I mean it's going to be very unlikely that you get past 50 at best of the him, you know people tend to just go back to the.

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Jonathan Powers: Random things here and there, but the top 25 to 50 hymns just kind of keep going back to them, so what we know is what people love it's what they like, so I can get it from a very practical, pragmatic standpoint another part of it is.

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Jonathan Powers: We tend to do kind of plug and play worship, you know.

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Jonathan Powers: So that it's not you know I don't know the scriptures ahead of time or I don't know the focus or I mean maybe the conversation even happening at all, but even if it is you know it could be, if the pastors just coming up with the sermon.

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Jonathan Powers: The plug and play is more like Okay, we have three songs at the beginning, we have one or two songs at the end we just kind of put them in you know.

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Jonathan Powers: Like we'll do what we know we don't we like here's a new song i've been wanting to do, or whatever there's not a lot of intentional thought through it, so what I do to kind of correct that and to help people and i'll relate this to the hymnal.

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Jonathan Powers: Okay, worst of planning like song planning and worship, so the first one is the scripture what is the scripture for the week, and so, if somebody is doing the lectionary you know where there's that planned out for a year for few years.

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Jonathan Powers: You know I mean for traditions that do that are churches that do that you can go on the lectionary website and just see what's coming up at any point and start planning, you know.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah that's helpful that's nice um, but if you don't do that it's just good to know ahead of time, what is the scripture for this week, and so, if i'm doing music if i'm if i'm leading music in a church.

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Jonathan Powers: Be if I don't get that chance or or whatever you know, even despite that, like, even if I did have that chance.

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Jonathan Powers: i'm going to sit down with that scripture and i'm going to read through it a couple times, or if it's multiple scripture i'm going to read through the scriptures.

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Jonathan Powers: A few times and what are the major ideas that are coming out of this and praying with you know not just doing it, but like prayer fully read through it and think through it God, what are you speaking here what are some of the major things that I can see coming out of this.

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Jonathan Powers: So there might be narrative ones, but yeah I think through scripture and then of course you can always go to like him nuri.org or to scriptural indexes in him, those.

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Jonathan Powers: And then look up that scripture and there might be hymns already said, like oh okay well there you go that already is suggesting hymns.

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Jonathan Powers: Because there's there's a chance that, of course, you know I might be kind of going here but we're really trying to lean on the Holy Spirit all we can.

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Jonathan Powers: Trusting there's at least going to be a foundation that we're both standing on in this scripture So even if they're going a little bit off from where i'd go there's the Foundation still there and it's not totally unrelated.

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Jonathan Powers: So scriptures first second is season what season of the Church, are we in so, especially those that follow more liturgical seasons like lint advent Easter Christmas.

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Jonathan Powers: But even very generally you can still get that say like Okay, maybe you don't follow the Easter.

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Jonathan Powers: Follow the liturgical calendar, the church calendar, but you could say right now we're close enough to Easter that Easter still a good thing to sing about you know.

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Jonathan Powers: So we're in the season of Easter but also it's only a few weeks out so there's nothing wrong with that, so I say you know, maybe it doesn't relate to the scripture totally, but I want to start off with a good Easter song just to kind of keep that celebration in front of us, you know.

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Jonathan Powers: This is a good resurrection song and so for him, though, you can just look up Easter songs are you know, in the categories of you know subject categories in the index.

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Jonathan Powers: Excuse me, you can look up resurrection or look up Easter and find some good hymns or good songs that relate to Easter, of course, so that we have it laid out with the apostles creed.

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Jonathan Powers: I believe in the resurrection of the dead, you know, so I actually go to that, and so there you go it's about resurrection or he rose from you know, on the third day he rose again look at that section and you got it so.

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Jonathan Powers: So that could help for something like that you know so scripture season.

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Jonathan Powers: um and then structure where are we in the structure of the service are we at the beginning of the service are we at the end of the service, you know you don't want to start.

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Jonathan Powers: I mean you know, maybe somebody can make it work in a good way, but I wouldn't suggest the very first song off the BAT being just as I am without one plate, you know.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah it could work, you know you could make it work, I can see some ways um but yeah there's intentionality to that you know you see that more as a response song.

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Jonathan Powers: Right um what's a good gathering song what's a good thing that helps us focus on God and see God and know god's presence and character, you know so so scripture and then.

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Jonathan Powers: season and then setting as structure, so I structure where are we in the structure of the service is this right before the sermon is this right before a scripture reading maybe you'd want to sing a song like speak oh Lord.

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Jonathan Powers: talks about the scriptures you know getty him.

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Jonathan Powers: That talks about the scriptures being opened up and the spirit, leading us and instilling within us the word of God.

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Jonathan Powers: Come Holy Ghost our hearts inspire you know another one that could be good right before we're hearing a message or before going into prayer or something.

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Jonathan Powers: Where are we in the structure of the service, and how does this song, not just a song that we sing and then just move to the next thing how's it actually preparing us for what's about to come next.

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Jonathan Powers: Sure um so that's third so scripture and then season and then structure in the last one setting and that setting is the the context, the Community the culture that we're in.

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Jonathan Powers: So just to be aware and to know.

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Jonathan Powers: You know if it's if you're in a place that's used to more contemporary stuff then maybe doing this second since doing a lot of really old hymns is not going to be so I need to think through that did I just string together three songs that they're not going to know or that's in an.

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Jonathan Powers: eye genre or style that they're so unfamiliar with like they're not gonna be able to participate well.

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Jonathan Powers: Right, so no my setting and say there's nothing wrong with pushing them there's nothing wrong with with stretching them beyond what they know but I need to be careful with how I do that and not give them worship whiplash.

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Andy Miller III: You know, and I like.

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Jonathan Powers: to wear that yeah so so scripture and then season and then structure and then setting are the four s's.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah that i'm thinking through constantly and like fingers on a hand I don't do this is like one than the next the next the next kind of all there together and like fingers on a hand work together, you know not just one, at a time.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah but they all kind of work together at the same time.

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Jonathan Powers: And so I mean scripture is really the foundation of it all but to say, like all of this is working together.

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Jonathan Powers: my fingers on a hand rather than.

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Jonathan Powers: A systematic like start here and then do this, then do this and do this but kind of keep them all up there as you're planning and thinking about it and the hymnal has those indexes that can help you that can guide you.

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Jonathan Powers: It has the categories, the subjects and so you can start thinking through those things.

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Jonathan Powers: and have an aid there for suggestions and you know, sometimes even setting wise it might be hey, this is a amazing text, but they do not know this him, this is a 16th century.

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Andy Miller III: Right.

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Jonathan Powers: You know French tune that they've never heard Oh, but you know what we can sing that to this tune that they do know it's you know, because the.

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Andy Miller III: that's the metric index, I thought you know Okay, so I don't know this one well there's probably a tune that they people do know that you can help them find out, I used to get a little too creative with that, when I was planning worse.

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Andy Miller III: Now, a little tired of singing yeah the tunes I liked.

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Andy Miller III: So, but yeah it's it's good.

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Andy Miller III: This is so good, Jonathan I like i'm excited about this when will it come out and how can How can people get it.

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Jonathan Powers: So it will come out this fall is the is the projected release you know, barring any delays, for whatever reason, it should be sometime this fall my.

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Jonathan Powers: Best guess, especially from what i've been told by seedbed who's publishing it is that will probably be September, probably late September early October.

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Jonathan Powers: would be safe yeah maybe before then that's that's a pretty safe guess right now projected release date, and you can get it through seed bed, and if you go on seed beds website they'll have placeholders right now, where you can express interest in it for you or your church.

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Jonathan Powers: If you'd buy like more than just one for yourself.

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Jonathan Powers: so soon find it there, and there will be bulk prices, so if you want to buy it for your church and say what we're going to need 100 of these are 200.

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Jonathan Powers: Yes, not just you know 10, then you can get bulk prices but they'll be for sale individually also if you just want one for yourself, for your family or to give as a gift, but just keep keep an eye on seedbed calm.

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Jonathan Powers: Right now, there is a site that you can go to I think if you just Google even seedbed hymnal you probably get the asbury him, though, that pops up but there's also a.

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Jonathan Powers: placeholder for this particular him know.

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Jonathan Powers: By the way, should name this the name of the hymnal is.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah yeah is our great redeemer praise taken off of oh 4000 tongues to seeing the original is oh 4000 tongues to seeing, my dear redeemer praise and then it became my great redeemer praise.

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Jonathan Powers: 16 yeah it is yeah and we said to keep put the language that's more familiar, we want to keep the great redeemer praise, but also we want to make it plural because it's not just about me in a personal things about the Church, so we want to call it, are great for demers.

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Jonathan Powers: how long it.

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Andy Miller III: So is here's here's a i'm sure this is debated point is oh 4000 tons to sing the number one song.

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Jonathan Powers: It is, and that was not debated at all.

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Jonathan Powers: Oh good yeah so for those that might not be familiar with this almost every iteration in the Methodist tradition.

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Jonathan Powers: Every iteration of a hymnal has begun with the song oh 4000 tongues to sing which was written on the one year anniversary of Charles Wesley zone conversion heartwarming experience.

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Jonathan Powers: And so, like the 1930 3239 I can remember, but that hymnal did not do it there's like one or two others that did not start with that, but every other methods 10 though I started with oh 4000 tongues saying and we said there's no question we're doing the same.

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Jonathan Powers: So that will be the that is number one in the hymnal.

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Andy Miller III: Right there's something to like putting that out there, I love I love the title of it too and, and this is coming to at a great moment.

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Andy Miller III: Within the life of the West, a movement rather not you're a part of it, like you, and I aren't a part of the united Methodist church, right now, though we both have very close ties to it.

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Andy Miller III: The global Methodist Church is emerging this summer we're recording this in early May and so it's coming into existence and not I don't I don't mean it's just me i'll throw out there, united Methodist seminoles but.

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Andy Miller III: Sure, at some point, you will and and at that point, this would be a great him they'll pick up.

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Andy Miller III: And I think like in other denominations in my tradition.

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Andy Miller III: Has because of the Inter inter use of words is often the way that we do it because.

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Andy Miller III: We want all our global hymnal the Salvation Army seminole is people seeing different tunes a different hymns.

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Andy Miller III: And so, because of that.

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Andy Miller III: We don't have any music, but I am one who advocated for putting music and it just helps people get on the same page and sing parts and.

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Andy Miller III: it's generally a helpful process that people can even if you can't read music actually I find like my my father in law french's Methodist Minister for over 40 years he says he doesn't read music, but he can look at him now, and he can sing the parts I mean he he can and.

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Andy Miller III: You can really learn just the ups and downs, or you can see, black notes, you know that.

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Andy Miller III: gets faster, so I really encourage that but, in my tradition doesn't have music, so this would be a great one to pick up to have to be available and i'm looking forward to and Jonathan Thank you and I.

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Jonathan Powers: Know Thank you.

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Andy Miller III: Julie Julie 10 I know listens every now and then thanks to you and Julie, for your hard work on this project, it means so much to us in this in this kind of like world of the evangelical wesleyan world to be able to have this resource or really looking forward to it.

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Andy Miller III: One last question, I always ask people Jonathan is a.

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Andy Miller III: podcast is called more to story for theological reasons but also kind of like the nature of what we're trying to do get a deeper story, but is there, more to the story of Jonathan powers like Is there something that you like to do or something that people don't often know about you.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah oh gosh there's so much.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah I um, so this is gonna get really weird really quick that's what.

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Jonathan Powers: i'm talking about more to story, I am i'm actually.

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Jonathan Powers: Very fascinated by ufo ufo reports.

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Jonathan Powers: Really yeah so it's a lot more to the story right and because and that's why because I find, why are Why do people.

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Jonathan Powers: Like I get there, but like I get a week i'm not a week I get a monthly newsletter that says how many sightings there have been in the in the nation and like by state, and all this.

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Jonathan Powers: And part of its because i'm just fascinated How are people trying to understand this world and especially people that don't have a greater.

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Jonathan Powers: narrative that part of what are the narratives that we go to.

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Jonathan Powers: Right and I just find it fascinating and that's the one I think someone's just growing up on the X files like that was my favorite show absolutely show still want to watch all the time.

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Jonathan Powers: So grown up on that there's that you know this kind of narrative and counter narratives ago, and so I just i'm just fascinated.

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Jonathan Powers: How do people try to make sense, out of things that don't make sense, where do they turn, why do they turn to these things.

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Jonathan Powers: And I find it like the way that I kind of put it is, I think that you have photos over the light for our culture ufo or the last 60 years just kind of become modern day American folklore.

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Jonathan Powers: night I mean like we say other folklore and then we still have folklore but it's kind of become this new iteration of folklore.

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Jonathan Powers: And and i'm just fascinated by it, I read the books on it and then there's also just these government things that's like hard to explain like, why do they deny this, but then over here they have this whole group that's dedicated to it, you know.

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Jonathan Powers: Like something's going on here I don't think it's you know what.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah these people are here, claiming but there's definitely something, and so that part of it kind of.

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Jonathan Powers: interest me intrigues me like what's going on here with the government and why are they not saying this, but then there's this other narrative over here what's the true narrative.

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Jonathan Powers: it's that whole X files, the truth is out there, you know i'm i'm bold enough to actually say that yes, there is truth and it is out there, you know.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah shins week believe that so um so I know that and but then there's this other way here to say this is just kind of a fascinating fun thing to do to get into and so.

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Jonathan Powers: I hear the reports I read the reports I read books on it and i'm fascinated by why people come up with these theories and where they go with it and so many times to think what does that mean theologically I have a I have a book on my shelf up here called would you baptize an extraterrestrial.

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Jonathan Powers: So you know, think about sacraments you know in some traditions and things.

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Jonathan Powers: As they see baptism as a sacrament this particular way, what does that mean if we were to actually discover alien life so things like that become creative ways of thinking about theology to like.

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Andy Miller III: What if this really was real.

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Jonathan Powers: But i'm not like saying there's ufo is out there and we need to look at some stuff like that it's just the narratives and then the cream.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah.

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Jonathan Powers: And crazy star thing about theology yeah.

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Andy Miller III: it's a deep answer I like it, because it's a I hadn't had a neighbor and I he listens to the podcast and he might Larry and he would he he wasn't a Christian didn't believe in God, but he did believe in ghosts.

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Andy Miller III: Okay, and he was a ghost hunter he would go around the.

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Andy Miller III: Mind like.

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Andy Miller III: A hot beds for ghost activity and so to me, I felt like that was like you're you believe in it the non.

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Andy Miller III: Physical in like so let's let's let's work through that.

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Andy Miller III: You know I wish I could say cross the goalpost forum.

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Andy Miller III: right but it but, nevertheless, like I think there's something to that now I here's my ufo story.

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Andy Miller III: You.

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Andy Miller III: And I were in the same place.

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Jonathan Powers: we're.

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Andy Miller III: All the asbury university and I have somebody with me coming back from Center college, I saw this big circular green thing go over and and I looked at Jeff barrington who teaches asbury university I said, did you see that and we both said we can't deny it now he might deny me now.

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Jonathan Powers: There is.

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Andy Miller III: I don't know what it was, but certainly there are unidentified flying objects.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah no doubt about that.

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Andy Miller III: that's a reality.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah but where do they come from the question yeah.

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Jonathan Powers: Right right, yes, there are an identified and that's some of the tools to see like where the government, you know some of this stuff was happening in the 50s and 60s government testing, of course, she didn't want people know about it, because you didn't want to get out there to.

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Jonathan Powers: other nations that were at war with and like so there's some hidden I mean that makes sense there's other things, though I mean it really is like.

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Jonathan Powers: I don't know like it's hard to explain we don't know what to do with it and how do we begin thing, but I love going to that place, what does it mean theologically if we really start unpacking this and think.

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Andy Miller III: About yes, yes.

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Jonathan Powers: Can we accept some of this in light of our Christian views in our theology is there some things that have to be rejected, how would we what what does it where's it push us to to think about you know, like I said, would you baptize an extraterrestrial.

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Andy Miller III: Would you.

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Jonathan Powers: um there's it depends.

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Jonathan Powers: Are they sent into you know.

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Jonathan Powers: What kind of creature is that.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah and what how would they continue to be in the church and.

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Andy Miller III: This is why the Salvation Army doesn't practice the sacraments.

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Jonathan Powers: Because all.

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Andy Miller III: Just because that question is.

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Andy Miller III: Because my question.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah that's really funny actually.

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Jonathan Powers: it's it's fascinating and I do find again like you were saying your friend, years ago, so I think that modernity disenchanted us to such a degree.

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Jonathan Powers: longing for it like we turned all kinds of places to be enchanted again and it's interesting to see where will actually go and where will suspend belief.

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Jonathan Powers: I mean not in a bad way actually in a good way that will actually suspend belief, based on nothing but empirical evidence, you know.

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Jonathan Powers: yeah to say there's got to be more than just what we can see improve by science that that is real.

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Jonathan Powers: And so those those open doorways and those gateways to say Okay, this is, you know this is great this fascinating and how do we, how do we kind of think about this more so.

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Jonathan Powers: Again right.

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Andy Miller III: yeah longest answer i've ever had this question.

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Andy Miller III: Well, maybe the best now they're.

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Andy Miller III: good ones.

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Andy Miller III: Some people are really thrown off by it, but I never had somebody run with it like that, and to by law.

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Andy Miller III: You have questions send them to Dr Johnson university as very similar.

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Jonathan Powers: Right yeah.

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Andy Miller III: it's been great to have you on here and we'll post links, when the time comes to share.

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Andy Miller III: Also, know we're really thankful for your work here, and thanks for coming on the podcast thanks everybody for joining.

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Jonathan Powers: Thank you, thank you for having me thanks.

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