April 10, 2009

Jesus paid it all, and thanks for Heaven

Posted in Christian, Christian Music, Christianity, Reform, The Church tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:58 pm by Bryant

Sometimes I wonder about the focus of our worship.  I sit through some churches that sing more about Heaven and about how great it will to be there so we can see all of the people we have lost and can enjoy the reward than the one who made it possible to be in Heaven.  I see people “accept” Jesus as their Lord and Savior because of a sermon that spoke of fear of hell and not fear of God.  Are we that selfish?  Now I know the answer to that is yes, but we eat this stuff up.  I’m not sure if it is wrong to sing about Heaven in and of itself, but everything put ahead of Christ and the holiness of God is an idol, even characteristics of God that are put in front of holiness (see Idol of Love by Greg Pinkner).  I’m just not sure of our motives to have salvation.  I get some of it.  I sure don’t want to go to hell, but I see the reward of Heaven as getting to be able to worship Christ in all his glory without all of the sin that separates me from a pure relationship with Him.  Is that not enough?  Christianity is more than not going to hell; it is pursuing, trying to love, and trying to glorify the One who first loved us.  Obviously Heaven is important as Jesus talks about how he is preparing a place for us, but let’s not lose focus of the Way, the Truth, and the Light.

Heaven-worship sounding music is one of the things I don’t like about much of the music we sing in Church.  There seems to be a break down of honesty in worship music.

Oh worship music.  Hymns or Choruses? Witnessing a church move from hymns to choruses is quite the sight.  I’ve heard it been put as the “Shout to the Lord” stage.  The hymns the churches are moving away from leave much to be desired as well.  C.S. Lewis called them “fifth rate poetry set to sixth rate music.”  If they don’t have sound hymns, then they probably won’t have sound choruses.  Let’s dive in Read the rest of this entry »

April 6, 2009

Send a message…

Posted in Christian Music tagged , , , , , , , , at 11:15 pm by Bryant

So the GMA Dove Awards are coming up.  If you have literally 45 seconds you can vote for who you think should Doved… or Casting Crowns will win… again.  If you’re cool with that, don’t vote… don’t worry… they’ll win.  If you read my first post then you know I didn’t vote for them.

For Artist of the Year: Read the rest of this entry »

April 5, 2009

Let’s Dance Back and Forth

Posted in Christian, Christian Music tagged , , , at 10:18 pm by Bryant

Another week has passed which brings us a “fresh” Weekend 22.  No surprises at #1 this week with Francesca Battistelli’s “Free to be me” reigning for the 4th straight week.  Each time I hear the song I realize that it may not be all that bad.  After all it could be my general disliking of artists that sound like Sara Bareilles (specifically in “Love Song”).  Francesca’s previous song “I’m Letting Go” drove me crazy hearing it on the radio once every car ride.  Again, it’s mostly the radio that causes me not to like these artists.  But I’m not so sure who is to blame: the radio who forces us to listen to it or the people that keep requesting it because once an hour isn’t enough.  Still I think Jars of Clay “Two Hands” is a far superior song and thankfully gained 3 spaces to #10.

Oh Weekend 22, last week they premiered a “future hit” for Read the rest of this entry »

April 1, 2009

It’s all because of Jesus…

Posted in Christian, Christian Music, Christianity, The Church tagged , at 3:11 pm by Bryant

I love Christian music.  It combines my love of Christ and my love of music.  Unfortunately I find myself getting angry at what I hear on Christian Radio and even at some churches.  Ever wonder if Christian music and worship misses the point?  I know I do.  And even if it doesn’t miss the point as much there is a decent chance the music will try to take you into what I call “the Pit of Despair” and leaves you with negative feelings and confusion.

We live in a time where worship is the 30 minutes of standing and singing in church before we sit down.  Our butts in the chairs mean worship is over.  Our eyes reading scripture and our ears listening to a spiritual leader speak of our Lord and Savior mean worship is over. We forget that worship is more than music before church, it is the pursuit of meeting with God.

We then leave the church, get in our cars and Read the rest of this entry »

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