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On May 6, 2016, Dr. Richfield Cudal concluded his seminar at NATID-ASAN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH on The Doctrines of Salvation in the Book of Romans. There were about 33 men and women who received certificates of attendance for the five night module. Many of them decided to enroll at HARK THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY for a degree on the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies.
Millennials, and those looking for meaningful ways to enhance their relationship with God, are seeking for Biblical truth in art and music. The source for truth is the Word of God and so putting the Word of God to musical settings is an excellent way of communicating Biblical truth.
A millennial writes, “There comes a point where the transcendent and the sacred shout out for a place in our hearts and commitment. Call it longing for purpose and/or for a connection with the Divine. These cannot be found in the culture; they are radically counter-cultural.”
Some are looking for truth in high church music, which draws from an array of music compiled over a millennia, with many musical settings containing whole passages of the Psalms, Songs, & Hymns of the Bible. The melding of musical art and the words of Scripture not only teach enduring theological truths, it emulates the simplicity and mystery of the Gospel, and adorns the loftiest of praise, using words already provided for in Scripture.
It may be that pursuits for the superlative in music are young people’s attempts to satisfy the deepest of spiritual yearnings. Those who are seeking the truth are promised to find it (John 8:32), which may only be found in Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God (John 1:1) and who said, “I am the truth” (John 14:6).
One such offering is Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s Beati Quorum Via, an artful musical setting for an enduring truth found in Psalm 119, presented by the Bukidnon State University Chorale of Malaybalay, Philippines, and introduced by singer, lyricist, and Patrick Henry College student, Hannah Cudal.
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Setting the words of Scripture to music is a practice modeled in the Bible by King David himself. David set a precedent in establishing a tradition of setting texts of Scripture to music.
Ever since, for almost three millennia now, the Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs contained in God’s word have been set to music. Some of the greatest songwriters of our day have carried on the tradition of creating musical settings for the pure words of Scripture.
C. Hubert H. Parry: I Was Glad (Psalm 122)
C.V. Stanford: Beati Quorum Via (Psalm 119)
Samuel S. Wesley: Blessed Be the God and Father (Hymn of 1 Peter 1)
While the Western church throughout history has amassed a treasure trove of scripture songs, the Kingdom of Thailand is a country where Christianity is just now beginning to bloom. Establishing Biblical traditions and setting Biblical precedents for the Thai Church is key to equipping the Thai Church for spiritual growth and edification. At the same time, these musical endeavors not only preserve the culture but enrich it as well.
We are pleased to present this music-arts video, the first of its kind, to the Thai Church. It highlights a Hymn of praise and adoration found in Philippians 2:5-11.
Three criteria were used in the production of this video:
1. The words need to be a hymn from the Bible
2. The melody must be composed in the music-language of the Thai people
3. The song must be presented in the most culturally-honoring and expressive way possible
We at HARK Publications are privileged to have collaborated with the members and faculty of the Bunditpatanasilpa Institute of Fine Arts and Culture, who are representatives of the Royal Court Musicians of the Kingdom of Thailand, in presenting this musical offering from the Christian Scriptures.
“…for the word of the Lord endureth forever.”
-from the Hymn of I Peter 1:25
Monday, February 8, Dr. Richfield Cudal will be in Iloilo City to teach the Word of the Lord to Pastors and Workers. Classes will be in the morning and evening.
Modules are: The Redemptive Plan of God through the Ages and The Incomparable Lord Jesus Christ.
Monday, February 15, Dr. Cudal will be in Iligan City to teach lessons on his book: The Incomparable Lord Jesus Christ.
Sunday, February 21, he will be preaching the Word at Bethany Covenant Baptist Church.
17 January, 2016 @ The Bangkok Arts & Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
Why Phleng Choi
Phleng Choi is a popular style of entertainment performed by skilled and creative singers. Poetry is improvised and singers make up their lines on the spot. Singers showcase their wit, intelligence, style, fast thinking, creativity, and improvisation skills. Musical accompaniment and audience participation is all a part of Phleng Choi.
Incorporating the Gospel Message in Phleng Choi
Phleng Choi lends itself well to a Gospel presentation because it allows discussion of topics that would otherwise be improper or impolite to bring up under normal circumstances. Issues that could seem intimidating or threatening in normal Thai conversation can be discussed in an easygoing way, with self-deprecating jokes and wit throughout. The Phleng Choi topics are structured to maintain a serious discussion, but spontaneous enough to keep the listener interested. When presented in a lighthearted and relaxed context, Phleng Choi will make the performance a memorable experience and warm the Thais to the Gospel message.
The Master of Ceremonies was Mrs. Duangchai and the message was given by Pastor Dan.
HARK Publications is pleased to present this live production in the form of DVD’s for dissemination.
- Seminar on “The Doctrines of Salvation in the Book of Romans” May 16, 2016
- Young Millennials Looking for Truth in Art and Music April 7, 2016
- Reviving Traditions and Setting Precedents for Christian Music in the Kingdom of Thailand February 8, 2016
- Dr. Richfield Cudal Teaches Intensive Seminars in Iloilo City and Iligan City January 20, 2016
- HARK’s Phleng Choi Debut a “Crowd Pleaser!” January 18, 2016
From the President
Richfield A. Cudal, ThM, DD, ThD
Arnfield P. Cudal, MBA, PhD
Vice President of Operations & Development
Godfrey A. Catanus, MA, PhD
Dean - Iloilo Campus
Ervin P. Inocian, MABS
Dean - Cebu Campus
Daniel C. Asuncion, MA
Dean - Malaybalay Campus
Uldarico I. Tabada, MRE
Dean - Iligan Campus