Song: for the beauty of the earth For the beauty of the earth, For the beauty of the skies, For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies, Lord of all, to thee we raise This our grateful hymn of praise. For the beauty of each hour Of the day and of … Continue reading Song: for the beauty of the earth
I don't know about you, but I find it so much more engaging to worship God without the artificial enhancements of sound systems and electric lighting, to worship God in more natural ways, under the open sky, with my naked feet in touch with the earth. It may sound strange to worship God this way, … Continue reading Worship without artificiality
A Perfect Circle are set to release a new album in 2018, their first in 14 years, and this month they’ve unveiled a teaser track entitled, “The Doomed”. It's musically and lyrically explosive. As the song progresses, vocalist Maynard James Keenan paints a dark and disturbing picture of a society hell bent on shrugging off responsibility … Continue reading A Perfect Circle lament the new beatitudes of Trump era America
I just thought I'd share this video that a couple of mates - Mike Bartlet and Keiron Jones - launched on YouTube back in May. They have a lot more music coming out so take this as a taste test.
Many of my friends will be familiar with my "Baby Test" for Christian worship music. It was inspired by the Southpark episode "Faith + 1" where Catman puts together a Christian worship band to milk the Christian music market on the premise that all you really had to do was replace the word "Baby" with … Continue reading Do you think this FAILS the “Baby” test????!
Lyrics to For The Greater Good Of God: Are you a man of peace Or a man of holy war Too many sides to you Don’t know which anymore So many full of life But also filled with pain Don’t know just how many Will live to breathe again A life that’s made to breath … Continue reading The gospel according to Iron Maiden
With the Metallica concert only a few hours away, here's an account of the exodus story, Metallica style. Slaves Hebrews born to serve, to the pharaoh Heed To his every word, live in fear Faith Of the unknown one, the deliverer Wait Something must be done, four hundred years So let it be written So let … Continue reading The exodus according to Metallica
A word from the masters of metal: Have you ever thought about your soul - can it be saved? Or perhaps you think that when you're dead you just stay in your grave Is God just a thought within your head or is he a part of you? Is Christ just a name that you … Continue reading The gospel according to Black Sabbath
Well, well, the things you find. Got some hits earlier today from someone searching for "Metallica and theology", undoubtedly due to some of my recent comments on Metallica's Judas Kiss and the buzz that generated. Anyways, I thought, Metallica and theology, what a cool thing to search for, so I did. And lo, I discovered "Metallica and Philosophy: A … Continue reading Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course in Brain Surgery
Call me a heretic but most of the time I much prefer everyday music to Christian music, particularly when it can be just as effective in opening up spiritual conversations, if you're open to it. Have a listen to this song by Metallica, Judas Kiss. Metallica has been one of my favourite bands since the mid … Continue reading Metallica’s Judas Kiss
There is no biblically proscribed way to worship God through music, but in an article entitled "Musical Theology: Past lessons, present perspectives" Joan Averett suggests that a disconnect between music and theology results in churches that "tend to 'entertain' the person in the pew rather than equip him for a deeper understanding of the gospels." … Continue reading Musical Theology
Earlier this evening on Twitter and Facebook I speculated on how long it would take for a Michael Jackson inspired religion to get started. Well, surprise, surprise, the divinization process seems to be well underway already. Michael Jackson has already appeared in a tree stump where he was declared to be on par with Jesus, been channelled from beyond the … Continue reading Michael Jackson, Divinized Already?