One of the things I really enjoy is listening to both music and talk radio. Music takes us on journeys to places we enjoy going. There is such a wide range of genres to choose from; surely there is something for everyone. The purpose of this page is to pass along some of my favorite sites, music and thoughts regarding what I’m interested in. You might just find something interesting, too. This page is a work in progress, so keep looking.
I have not always been in tune with this style of music, but it is practically all I listen to these days. Now, some of it is too edgy for my tastes, but there is plenty to satisfy my palate. Artists such as Third Day, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Avalon, Chris Tomlin, Aaron Shust, Mercy Me and Jars of Clay happen to be among my favorites. If you are unfamiliar with the term, Wikipedia has a great definition of Contemporary Christian Music.
I suppose this music arena has been the cause of more lively discussions than any other. One preacher I used to work with said something that rings so true, and is insightful beyond words – “when the devil was kicked out of heaven, he landed smack in the middle of the music department.” How sad, but how true.
People are territorial creatures. We set up shop, and don’t want anyone to bring something new to the established layout. Guilty! I used to think if the songs didn’t come out of the old redback hymnal, they weren’t of God. Oh, how sad I used to be. Unfortunately, there are scores of people who are stuck in that mindset, and refuse to listen to anything except “I’ll Fly Away” or “The Old Rugged Cross”. I love those old songs, and they are still needed today. Let us never throw them away simply to embrace something new.
In our church, we do blended worship because I have to feed all sorts of people. If it were up to me, we would sing nothing but Contemporary Praise and Worship. The thing is, it’s not about me or you; our focus ought to be on pleasing God. Don’t sing a song that is unscriptural, sing something that uplifts the name of Jesus, declaring how wonderful He is.
As I see it, here’s a major major difference between traditional Christian music (out of the old redback hymnal) and contemporary praise and worship: in the former, songs speak of our journey, and the latter speaks about how wonderful God is. Truthfully, I would rather lift my hands in praise and adoration than sing about barely getting by and hearing my mother sing again. Psalm 150 declares:
1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
For a better understanding, look at the Wikipedia definition of Contemporary Worship.
I love worshiping with Hillsong, Don Moen, Israel and New Breed, Alvin Slaughter, Clint Brown, Terry MacAlmon, Sion Alford, Karen Wheatonand Judy Jacobs. This list is certainly not complete, but there’s enough here to satisfy my soul.
Like so many others, I cut my teeth on Southern Gospel, and still find great inspiration in much of today’s offerings. There is no doubt in my mind the Lord has greatly blessed this style of music. It would be difficult for me to list all the groups and artists who have impacted my life by singing songs from their hearts. I suppose if just a handful of favorite artists had to be listed, it would look something like this: The Hinsons, Cathedrals, The Florida Boys, The Dixie Echoes, The Inspirations, The Days, Gold City and The Martins. Here’s what Wikipedia says about Southern Gospel.