Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Music: Building 429 “Blameless”

Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2017 in Music

Occasionally on my morning run I have a certain lyric that grips my attention. I have been studying again the beauty of our adoption by God in Christ. 1 John 3:1, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” He was our Judge – He is now our Father!

The following lyrics point to that truth and touch upon one thing that means for us – the forgiveness of sins. A loving Father doesn’t overlook sin, but He does overlook the penalty and the guilt for sin if one is truly in Christ. A loving Father no longer punishes, but disciplines His children (Hebrews 12:5-11). So, wake up child of God, and live in the freedom of forgiveness that is yours!

i’m not who i used to be

blameless, you have made me blameless
sin has been made nameless
doesn’t matter who i was before
i am
shameless, you have made me shameless
sin has been made nameless
cause your love has come and left its mark
and i am blameless

if only we could
wake up, wake up, oh sleepers
we are children of our god
lift up your eyes oh people
there is freedom in his arms

you are blameless…

 

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Symbols and Signs

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in Music

Instruments_of_Mercy

Beautiful Eulogy’s ‘Instruments of Mercy’ is one of my favorite listens over the past couple of years. The following is a verse from their song ‘Symbols and Signs.’

Yep, are you the kind
That’s completely consumed
By symbols and signs?
If you are that’s fine
But don’t you find it interesting
How most of the time
Your self-interpreting seems to coincide
With what’s deep inside
Your heart’s desires
Seems rather convenient, doesn’t it?
I’m not saying that God can’t do it
Not saying that God won’t do it
That might very well be the case!
I’m simply making an observation of how much weight you place on it
What seems to be at stake and how much of your faith is actually banking on it
And how much of your mysticism is mixed with your religious philosophic system
Sometimes what we believe to be true from our supernatural pursuits is actually a fluke
A series of events that’s used to distract you from the truth
But, I’ll give you a sign that’s obvious
One of the most supernatural acts is that God through his Word has actually revealed everything pertaining to life in Godliness
There’s this idea that an individual
Is somehow more spiritual
If he sees these signs and symbols
And takes what’s normally invisible
And makes it simple
But I say the mark of a mature man
Is the one who reads God’s Word and understands
And allows that to govern his decisions and his prospective plans

True! And FYI – if you’re a runner you’ll like to play this album as you run and meditate 🎧

Music and Meaning | 9Marks

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Church, Music

Excellent interview on music in the church. http://www.9marks.org/blog/music-and-meaning

Can Rap Music Glorify God?

Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 in Music, Theology

“Are ‘Christian’ and ‘rap’ mutually exclusive?” That is the question that Mark Dever pursues in his 9 Marks interview with Christian rappers Shai Linne and Voice. It is both an informative and a challenging interview. It will prove informative for those of us who have no clue about the different musical genres within rap and/or the artists who are leading out in the Christian arena. It will prove challenging to those who might have a somewhat Fundamental edge (I cracked up when about half way through the interview Dever suggests that those types would have already stopped listening). I hope you will give this a fair consideration as these men are doing gospel ministry in major urban areas.

Two things stood out to me:

1) Rap is not a replacement for preaching.
2) Rap is not a genre given to corporate worship.

If you are further interested in this topic, you might also consider the most recent publication from Cruciform Press, Does God Listen to Rap? The subtitle itself is intriguing, “Christians and the World’s Most Controversial Music.” The book is written by the aforementioned Curtis “Voice” Allen with an inspiring forward by Owen Strachan (Risky Gospel). Here is a teaser for you from Cruciform:

Some people think that if there is one style of music that God hates and calls unclean, it must be rap. But lots of Christians love rap, even though they know it’s associated with sin and rebellion. Does God have issues with rap? Is it OK for Christians to love it? Believe it or not, the Bible does speak to this subject. Check it out.

And while their are multiple artists you might consider in the Christian rap genre, here are a couple of relative unknowns you might give a listen:

Beautiful Eulogy – There latest release “Instruments of Mercy” is available for free download at humblebeast.com.

Also, Red Letters the Less @ http://redletterstheless.bandcamp.com/.