|Newworldson, from just over the border in St. Catharines, Ontario.|
My inbox overflowed with comments yesterday about “the problem with contemporary Christian music”, after an essay by Michael Gungor. I was dumbfounded.
Gungor’s full of bunk. Contemporary Christian music has been in a renaissance for the past two decades. This makes sense in that we’ve been in a period of evangelical fervor (some have called it the Fourth Great Awakening) since the mid-sixties.
Of course, it’s important to remember that every artistic movement includes a lot of dreck. For example, the British Invasion gave us the Kinks’ Muswell Hillbillies but it also gave us Do Wah Diddy Diddy by Manfred Mann.
|What the heck! Let's just feature photos of Canadians today. This is Starfield, from Winnipeg, Manitoba.|
Following is a list of current Christian music in a variety of styles. (I’m bypassing contemporary black gospel for the most part, because it’s at least another blog entry, one I’m not qualified to write.) After listening, can you really say that contemporary Christian music has a problem?
All Around/Israel Houghton
Break Every Chain/Jesus Culture
Count Me In/Leeland
Do you believe in love?/Newworldson*
Everything About You/Sanctus Real
God of this City/Bluetree
Mighty to Save/Hillsong
My Delight Is In You/Christy Nockles
Revelation Song/Phillips, Craig & Dean
Signature of Divine/Needtobreathe
Tears of the Saints/Leeland
The Face of Love/Sanctus Real
The Saving One/Starfield
Your Great Name/Natalie Grant
*Full disclosure: my personal faves. And they’re from St. Catharines, Ontario.
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