By Arnfield P. Cudal

The words of Pilate, “What is truth?” (cf. John 18:38) reverberate on today in various forms: “That’s your truth, I have mine. Who are you to judge?” “Truth is what you believe it to be,” and again, “While that may be true for you, it’s not true for me.” Such notions carry serious implications into the Christian’s faith and practice. At stake is what to believe and how to act on that belief. Yet some are not sure what to believe or what they want to believe; they do not know the truth.

A Barna Group study on religious trends highlighted a reason…

American Christians are biblically illiterate… most of them contend that the Bible contains truth and is worth knowing, and most of them argue that they know all of the relevant truths and principles, [but] our research shows otherwise… people’s belief system is the product of the mass media.

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Article in Thai: วิกฤติการณ์แห่งความจริง


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คำพูดของปีลาตซึ่งถามว่า “ความจริงคืออะไร” (เปรียบเทียบกับ ยอห์น 18:38) ดังก้องอยู่ปัจจุบันนี้ในรูปแบบต่างๆ “ความจริงเป็นสิ่งที่คุณเชื่อว่าเป็นสิ่งที่มีอยู่จริง” “นั่นเป็นความจริงของคุณ ส่วนฉันก็มีความจริงของฉัน คุณเป็นใครถึงที่จะมาตัดสิน” และอีกครั้ง “ในขณะที่เรื่องนั้นอาจเป็นจริงสำหรับคุณ แต่ว่าไม่จริงสำหรับฉัน” ความเข้าใจเช่นนั้นนำการมีส่วนเกี่ยวข้องกับเรื่องร้ายแรงเข้ามาสู่ความเชื่อและหลักปฏิบัติของคริสเตียน ทำให้สิ่งที่เชื่อและวิธีปฏิบัติตามความเชื่อนั้นตกอยู่ในอันตราย ถึงกระนั้น ประชาชนจึงไม่แน่ใจว่าจะเชื่ออะไร หรือเขาต้องการเชื่ออะไร ประชาชนไม่รู้ความจริง




The Ultimate Guide to Worship Arts

by Dr. Arnfield P. Cudal


Answering the questions…


There have been many misunderstandings and myths about the role of music in church. These myths have led many to believe that music is a barometer of their devotion to God, an elixir for the spirit, a pathway to God, or a channel for the presence of God.

 But the Bible makes no such claims.

Drawing on lifelong church ministry, study, reflection, and observation, international music producer, composer, music director, organist / choirmaster, and pianist, Dr. Arnfield P. Cudal points to a better way to gauge the realness of our worship and demonstrate our true love to God.

 All the music needed for proper emotional expression, spiritual refreshment, and development — the psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs — is found in this ultimate guide to worship arts: the Bible.

 I was delighted. You are bringing the theology of the Bible to bear on the practice of songs, music, and worship.   Churches desperately need this teaching!  I greatly benefited from your book.

Jeff S. Heslop, Th.D.
Professor of Bible and Theology
Dean, Tyndale Theological Seminary & Biblical Institute Learning Center
Mason, OH

Straight talk from the Bible as to what true worship is and what music is not. I find this very helpful and liberating.

Katherine Caulton
High School Graduate
McKinney, TX

Available from  and HARK Publications.


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.

See related post:

A Message to Millennials: Don’t Miss the Point of Liturgy