Sunday, January 15, 2006

bible based meal replacer

Let’s be honest, the music industry is seriously lacking these days. They will blame it on downloading, but the truth is, the music just isn’t any good. From R&B, which has been cranking out the same song (for the most part) for the past thirty-years, to rappers who all seem to be living the exact same life (same girls, same cars, same jewellery, same song), to country music…which is no longer all that country, to rock…which is no longer all that rocky (and, btw, what ever happened to cool rock voices?), to pop which…well, let’s be honest, pop is still pop, and finally to the Christian industry which is so bad (for the most part) that it really should take a couple of years off and regroup. I swear, if one more rock band or golden oldie comes out with another worship album, with the exact same ten songs on it (that have been out for ten or more years), I’m going to start a campaign to boycott worship albums (…now THERE’S an idea). Seriously, how can a singer songwriter (Michael W. Smith) not be able to come up with his own material for a worship album?

Anyway, while I was in Oklahoma for the holidays, I visited the local Christian mega-store and listened to as many CD’s as I had time to listen to. For the most part, they were still bad, but I did come up with one rare gem. Lyrically, it may be the most relevant, smart, original, and important Christian album to come out since Just Visiting This Planet (Larry Norman, 1972). The name of the artist is Derek Webb and the name of the album is Mockingbird. Just take a look at the lyrics to his song A King and a Kingdom;

(vs. 1)
who's your brother, who's your sister
you just walked passed him
i think you missed her
as we're all migrating to the place where our father lives'
cause we married in to a family of immigrants

my first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man
my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood
it's to a king & a kingdom

(vs. 2)
there are two great lies that i’ve heard:
“the day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die”
and that Jesus Christ was a white, middle-class republican
and if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him

but nothing unifies like a common enemy
and we’ve got one, sure as hell
but he may be living in your house
he may be raising up your kid
she may be sleeping with your wife
oh no, he may not look like you think

Grab this album before it’s banned! : )

In the meantime, check out this other crap I bought at the Christian mega-store. Seriously. And we ragged on the Catholic church for selling indulgences?

Comments on "bible based meal replacer"


Blogger Godknows said ... (6:48 AM) : 

I agree with you about the music, mos of now aday music are so bad.


Blogger Larry said ... (5:16 PM) : 

Nice post. I agree there is very little creativity in music these days. Christian contemporary (or whatever it is you call it) music is often a cheap rip-off of the music from two years ago.

Not all of it is. Much is though.

As to the food...we have really developed a consumer culture as Christians.

I really like the T-shirt industry. Got to love em.



Blogger Cari said ... (8:58 PM) : 

There's nothing new under the sun. It's all been done before. The new thing is to write quasi-Christian political crap and call it enlightened, and arrogantly proclaim it as more worshipful because it's real. Cause God ain't no white middle class american. But He died for them. The new trend is to be as UN-American as you possibly can. Sad. My kids brought this album home and said, "MOM! Listen to this new worship song!" A whole bunch of "Give me's" and "Bless me's", but no real awe and reverence toward God. Yes, we've packaged religion. It's good money, really. Did you get a chance to check out any of the "God Show" churches where you buy popcorn and coffee (The $4 kind) in the lobby? And the t shirts? I like this post. Fired up again...Cari


Blogger surrendered said ... (9:07 PM) : 

i was at Roots South this weekend and sat under the worship leadership of Graham Kendrick. I'm convinced that it's not that we have too many worship songs, but not enough of them - not enough diversity in the style, the theme (we usually touch on the same few), etc.

i also think that music can be a distraction from what we're called to be as Christians. i was talking to a Salvationist from Australia this weekend and he was mentioning that what they've found in their home corps (where they have 3 different services on Sunday morning - contemporary, traditional and one at night for youth) was that their "worship styles" seem to be dividing them, but that whenever they come together for mission (homeless ministry, soup kitchen, etc), it UNITES them.

food for thought.


Blogger Bill said ... (2:51 AM) : 

What about, as a freind of mine suggested, we take 50 or so years off of worship as music? What if we stopped sings songs in church?

If we did what would be left?

Just a thought?


Blogger peter said ... (3:51 PM) : 

The terrible thing is that if churches cut out music there wouldn't be anything left to church.
That is pretty scary and should be telling us something about the 'why's and 'how's of church. Jesus didn't come to earth to lead a series of over played worship songs, a brass band or the songsters...


Blogger shaun said ... (2:31 PM) : 

You must still be tired, this post wasn't nearly as splenetic as usual :) I thought I would chime in on the whole worship/music thing by first agreeing that most music marketed to christians is pooh (which really is just a reflection of music in general) ... perhaps that demonstrates that "christian" music really is just the same music with a slightly different marketing approach (with the emphasis on marketing). At any rate, with regard to worship/music it seems awkward that the two have become synonymous. It seems further interesting the hub-bub is over "what style do i like..." or even "what style is more effective" and not "what does the bible say about worship". The protestant reformers must be cringing at the way we have abandoned "sola scriptura".


Blogger Matt L said ... (11:23 PM) : 

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Blogger Bill said ... (12:36 AM) : 

Worship=music and message

Worship=caring for the orphan, widow, sick ect.

See a difference?

Music plays an important part in the history of religion but so does art, fellowship, eucharist, and many other means of corperate worship.

Just a thought


Blogger Christopher said ... (4:12 AM) : 

The new Derek Webb album is very, very good.



Blogger Gordon said ... (10:47 AM) : 

Get yourself a copy of 'now for a time of nonsense' Nick Page! You'll laugh, be affirmed and challenged at the same time


Blogger TIMMY D said ... (7:31 AM) : 

Hi! My name is Tim DeMoss. I’m a disc jockey from Pennsylvania and am in the process of writing Larry Norman’s biography. While I have a lot of material from interviews, time spent with Larry, and so forth, I believe a great way to tell his story is to invite others (like yourself) to share their stories of Larry as well. I did a “Yahoo” search, and your link/blog was one of those listed, so I wanted to extend the invitation to you to contribute. Personal interactions, concert experiences, how his music affected you and your friends/family, rumors you may have heard, questions you may have—those are all examples of how you might participate.

The details and background are at Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Please also feel free to forward this on to anyone you believe would a) like to submit their thoughts or questions or b) simply be made aware of the biography’s progress and completion.

Thanks very much!


Tim DeMoss


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