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No Biblical basis for CCM?

January 2, 2018 Leave a comment

A Baptist minister told me a month or so ago he found “no Biblical basis” for Contemporary Christian Music. I’m not completely sure what he meant. Did he mean nothing in the Bible justifies it, or that CCM is incapable of communicating Biblical truths?

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Point of Grace, a group I love listening to.

Thirty years ago, I would’ve agreed with him. But as you grow and learn and mature, things tend to change. Many traditional Gospel songs are set to the tune of Irish and English drinking songs. Fanny Crosby, who wrote many Gospel songs adored by the Independent Fundamental Baptists (the Baptist equivalent of the Amish, I like to muse as an ex-IFBer), was considered wordly in her day. One pastor said a few years ago, “Today’s contemporary music is tomorrow’s traditional.”

I also thought about the many CCM artists who’ve blessed me with their music over the years: Point of Grace, Amy Grant, Watermark, Crystal Lewis, Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James and, believe it or not, Petra. My middle son loves Creed.

Years ago at a sheltered Christian college, I worked a summer with a guy named Ray. We teased each other because of our different accents (I grew up in South Texas, and he was from Maine and seldom pronounced his final “r’s”). To me, without glasses, he was a dead ringer for actor Judge Reinhold. We debated music a lot. I told him then I thought Petra was too worldly.

“Man, don’t be knockin’ Petra,” Ray said. “I got saved at a Petra concert.”

I thought about that for a long time, the way you do a first-hand observation that comes in and challenges an opinion you’ve formed in concrete.

Ray left that particular college due to the strict rules. I located him through Facebook a few years ago. Today, Ray is a musician serving the Lord and still going strong as a Christian. I can think of more than a few Christians from then who strictly adhered to tradition–and today, are no longer serving God.

I’ve even grown to like Petra, particularly their versions of “Grave Robber” (a song about 1 Corinthians 15) and “Not of This World.”

Richard Zowie likes all kind of music–except gangsta rap. His current guilty pleasure is KISS. Post comments here or email them to richardstwoshekels@gmail.com. 

2-10-2011 poem: ‘Richard,’ God Says

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

I had this written in another notebook and wanted to post it.

2-10-2011 — “Richard,” God Says

“Richard,” God says,

His voice

Soft as bright white fleece

Yet

Powerful as the raging Colorado River.

“I’m so eager to talk to you.

“There is so much to share with you.”

Yesterday, I was

An eight-year-old

Brand-new-Christian.

Now I’m 38,

A Christian for 29 years.

Time blinks like restless eyelids.

God waits patiently

Through my sleep,

My daily schedule,

My procrastination,

My endless excuses.

Point of Grace reminds me

In one song I heard

During one drive to Michigan:

“He’s dying to reach you.”

God tries to explain

In our limited languages

How He desires

A sacred romance with us.

I wonder if,

For me to understand that–

Truly understand–

Is like a baby learning calculus.

God is God.

Omniscient, omnipotent,

Omnipresent, eternal.

And he wants a relationship

With me, you,

All of us.

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My Bible reading: in the Psalms and finished up Galatians

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve been convicted lately of my pace. the other day, I got behind due to being very busy and being a procrastinator and read three days’ worth in a single day. Not good. In Bible reading, you never want to sacrifice quality for quantity.

Let’s consider: having devotions and reading the Bible is God’s private time with you. I am reminded of that Point of Grace song “Dying To Reach You” and how God wants to have a relationship with us. When we read His Word, that is His way of communicating with us. The Bible is His love letter to us.

So, the best solution is to take small sips and read the Bible at a pace where you can truly comprehend and apply what you are reading. I know some are able to read 20 chapters a day, but I’m not there yet.

And I still need to discipline myself to read first thing in the morning.

So, I’ve been in the Psalms and in Galatians. As always, Psalms was very encouraging about leaving things up to God while Galatians gave me a lot to think about today when it comes to making sure your ego is kept under control.

Isn’t it so fitting that so often when you feel like not reading the Bible but do so anyway you find something huge to help you throughout your day?

Richard Zowie has been a Christian for 29 years and is still learning day-by-day. Post comments here or e-mail him at richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.