Thinking Out Loud

December 14, 2008

Worship in French; Chansons de louange en Français

Filed under: Canada, Christianity, Church, music, worship — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:51 pm

Aujourd’hui nous avons conduit pendant deux heures pour aller à l’église. Dans la deuxième heure, nous avons écouté le Paul Baloche & Friends;  une collection de chansons de culte et louange par Paul Baloche traduit en Français et enregistré au Québec.

paul-baloche-and-friends-cdToday we had a two hour drive to church.  During the last half of the trip, we listened to Paul Baloche and Friends, a collection of some of Paul Baloche’s best known worship songs translated into French and recorded in Quebec.  (For some reason the title on the CD cover is in English, though the album, but for a final bonus cut, is entirely en Français.)

I had two reactions to listening to this.

First was the realization of how much material Baloche has contributed to the worship life of contemporary churches.   Furthermore, this is not just a matter of quantity, but also quality; these are some of our best known, popular worship pieces.   Though I was tempted to sing along in English, I just listened, knowing just enough French to catch the occasional variation in the French translation.

Second was the reminder that the Church (capital ‘C’) is so much larger than we in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Australia or New Zealand consider.   We are part of much larger, must greater body of believers.   Hearing these familiar songs in another language is humbling, especially to those who tend to think that North America is the center of the Christian universe.

Songs on the album include:

  • Hosanna
  • Élève-Toi (Arise)
  • La Terre Entière (All The Earth)
  • Ton Nom (Your Name)
  • Louez Adonaï (Praise Adonai)
  • Offrande (Offering)
  • Jésus Tu Es (Jesus You Are)
  • Ouvre Les Yeux De Mon Coeur (Open the Eyes of My Heart)
  • et cinq plus  (and five more)

Joining Paul on this excellent recording are André Favreau, Joel Augé, Lynne-Marie, Tabitha Lemaire, and Thierry Ostrini.

This recording  (and a fuller story on how the album came to be) is available in the U.S. through Paul’s website,, and the CD is sold in Canada by progressive bookstores like ours and through Distribution ADP.

December 2, 2008

Does Anyone Else Have a Government that Needs Breaking Up?

Filed under: Canada — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 10:07 pm

We Canadians are really great at shooting ourselves in the federal foot.  This is the only country where under a “oops, we never noticed that loophole*” flawed system, you can lose an election; lose badly; go into hiding for two days afterward; and suddenly emerge six weeks later as the next Prime Minister.

This is all Canadians are talking about.   If you missed my original post, check it out and the link to the main story.  Here’s my wife’s comment to yesterday’s post:

“So our next Prime Minister is likely going to be a man who not only lost, but went down to the worst trouncing the Party has had in decades, prompting him to go into hiding for several days while he duct taped together enough back bone to eventually announce his resignation as party leader. Which still stands, by the way.

Yeah, that’s got to be good.

Gotta hope there’s a puppet master, ’cause the front man’s not inspiring any confidence.”

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(*Well we noticed the loophole about eighty years ago, but that wasn’t just weeks after an election.  It certainly was never made for situations like this; just like many Americans say that “separation of church and state” was intended to keep government out of religion, not keep religious principles out of government; and “the right to bear arms” was really the right to “take up” arms in defense, not a situation where every high school student can legally buy a hunting rifle at Wal-Mart, saw off the barrel, and then rob the local convenience store.)

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