© Something Borrowed Something Blue

May 5, 2016

God goes by many names in the Bible: Jehovah (I AM), Elohim (Strength), Abba (Father), Love, Comforter, Savior. 

 

But did you know that one of them is MY SONG?? #relevant #SBSB

 

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)

 

This name is actually first seen in Exodus 15:1-2, when Moses celebrates the miraculous deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. 

 

Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spoke, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider has he thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prep...

January 3, 2016

 

Since I started college, the Christmas season, previously warm in the presence of loved ones and magical in the glow of twinkling tree lights, has felt oddly disjointed. For one, as a member of an a cappella group, I start Christmas in October, before the rest of the world is even allowed to listen to Christmas music, in order to have a decent set prepared for our annual concert. Thus the Christmas season begins with a checklist:

 

“Learn X songs in Y weeks.” (1)

 

Then, the day after the concert, a reminder of impending finals rears its ugly head, and suddenly, the “good tidings of great joy which will be to all people” appear to have run out. Projects and final reports beckon my nose to the grindstone for the next week, and the Christmas season continues with the grave call to action:

 

“Surv...

November 28, 2015

As I settled into the festivities that come with Thanksgiving, I stopped to try to take it all in. I was surrounded by a loving family and caring friends, amazing food, joy, laughter, and songs. I realized that I had so many things to be thankful for this year. I have the privilege of being a student at a wonderful university, I have fostered friendships that will last a lifetime, I am blessed with an incredible roommate, and I get to sing with an amazing a cappella group. These are just a few of the things that bring a smile to my face on a daily basis. However, this semester I had fallen time and time again into the trap of the sophomore slump, and I felt so much anxiety and stress that I began to feel numb. When I analyzed my life and the blessings that I was surrounded with, I simply f...

November 16, 2015

 

Two months ago, when I arrived at Duke for the first time as a student for First-Year Orientation, the concept of a “Christian a cappella group” on a college campus was unfamiliar to me. I lacked imagination — in my mind, generic college a cappella groups were composed of friends who sang songs sometimes. Sure, each group might perform different music and have different people, but their purpose — to sing— was the same. But Something Borrowed Something Blue called itself a “Christian a cappella” group, and its purpose was not just music but also ministry, a dimension that I did not expect to see.

 

It wasn’t that I had never heard singing in a Christian context before — the opposite, really. While growing up in Dallas, I learned to sing at church, where every Sunday morning would begin with...

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Where we share reflections on our relationship with music, the community around us, and God. We hope our words can shed light on what being a Christian a cappella group means to us. Collegiate musical ministry is definitely a learning process, so no matter your musical or faith background, we welcome your comments on our experience. Thank you!

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