Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Well, the Conservative bit of it anyway! 🙂

As you can tell I am using lots of video fillers for the Christmas season. Tomorrow I will start the countdown on my top 3 blog posts of 2012 (statistically). Then, early in the New Year I will be leaving this blog and starting over at www.20schemes.com. However, I will give plenty of notice about this and hope that all of my followers and subscribers make the move with me!

This is an older video but I have to say that when I was at the 2012 event it was incredible to be in a stadium with 9000 (mainly) men and women singing hymns to the glory of God. It was an amazingly powerful and emotional experience.

Bob Kauflin makes some interesting points about worship at the TGC events in the USA. Definitely worth clicking on! Listen out for the most bizrre squawk at 4:40..

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Right, here is one more post on rap! I know, I know. But I found this clip online and I was just immensely impressed by it. I also discovered a website called, ‘Reformed Rappers’ with some great articles including one, unbelievably, on the subject of the regulative principle. It’s worth a look around even if rap is not your thing.

How cool is the following clip on the Heidelberg Catechism?

Here’s a web station from Ligonier Ministries that you will find helpful. It covers music, debate, sermons and lectures form a host of men including, OS Guiness, RC Sproul & Alistair Begg.

Listen here.

Just to prove that (c)rapness knows no cultural bounds!

OK…this has been a ‘stop doing rap if it’s not your gig’ week. Indeed, what is worse is when churches think they’re cool by doing it as some sort of marketing tool to reach non Christians. They just think you’re tragic and very, very sad (more on that later). I am often asked if I ‘do’ rap here in Niddrie. The answer is ‘no’ for a number of reasons. Firstly, I don’t really like rap music! ( I know, shoot me! I’m not really a very ‘hip’ Christian. I’m not down wiv the yoof anymore). Secondly, we don’t work in a culture that pays much credence to this kind of music. Housing schemes here are, largely, white (with a growing immigrant population) and musical tastes seem somewhat neutral (bland?)- by that I mean some like may rap but they also like JLS along with it (I know, hideous). There doesn’t seem to be the dominant culture of one type. (In the 90’s when I was in my late teens it was the rave phenomenon that swept the country). It is hard to gauge one particular wave here.

So, why the bee in my bonnet about Christians doing (c)rap this week? Well, because an authentic, Christian rapper is actually coming to our shores to do launch a new album (Gravity). His name is Lecrae and I will post a vid of some of his stuff below for those who are a bit clueless. If you like what you see then let me suggest you snatch up some tickets quickly here.

ACTS29WE are putting on a gig in Manchester tomorrow in order to highlight he need for serious church planters and gospel workers in ‘High Priority Areas’ (I am assuming council estates and housing schemes here).

A few of my friends are involved in this endeavour. Duncan Forbes, a church planter in London (a real lover and connoisseur of rap), Steve Timmis will be there in conjunction with ACTS29WE (I think they are sponsoring the event), Dai Hankey who will be launching the book previewed yesterday (another dude who falls into the realm of genuine in this genre). Personally, I am excited at the prospect of them inspiring a new generation of church planters across the UK (and Europe). Let’s pray for young men to rise up from their x-boxes and leave it all on the table for Jesus in these difficult places.

(As a footnote to those who continually ask me about why I like A29WE so much it is because Steve Timmis is not only serious about talking about housing scheme/estate ministry, he is actually doing something about it. Not only that, he is even inviting those of us who have been battling for ages in this ministry to the table and treating us as equals – end of rant).

As for the rest of you churches and sad middle-aged, church marketeers out there, using this genre in an attempt to make the church appear ‘cool’  STOP IT NOW! This is what you actually look like.

This is what the real deal looks actually looks like.

Here’s his testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.

Truly awful..