So I'm reading Resounding Truth: christian wisdom in the world of music by Jeremy S. Begbie. It's really rocking my world right now. Each paragraph takes time to digest, and opens up so many new ideas that I stop reading after about 20 mins so I won't lose them.
Begbie is a guy after my own heart, he's got a undergrad in music- like legit music, and a Ph.D. in Theology. These British guys are fun, this is the second book I've read where the author is a composer, conductor, worship leader, organist, choir director, and college professor.
He stands in the middle and critiques both the church's view of music and the music world's view of church/God.
I have a fair amount of experience with the new "Church as a corporation" church- which has built some organizationally, financially, & socially sound churches around the world- to everyone's benefit. But their view of music/arts is that of a corporation- if it advances the corporation it's good, if it doesn't it's useless. Some churches see music with the same point of view as American Express, or Fed-Ex.
American Express lends money, Fed-Ex moves boxes, Churches produce Christians. "Evangelism" is the process of introducing Jesus to someone. Evangelism is the reason Christianity still exists. People tell people, who tell people.
Must all art be Evangelical?
I got into a robust conversation with a friend of mine at Willow. He was in choir with me at CCU. Churches who use marketing sometimes don't understand the difference between marketing and art. (or the basic commercial art vs. art-art discussion) A pastor who wants to commend a christian artist is likely to compliment their web designer, graphic designer, video guy, maybe their worship guy if he writes his own songs (and has a cd in the lobby). All of these people are artists, yes, but what about poets, playwrights, choreographers, sculptors, and painters? Does their work have to be "useful" to the church to deserve mention?
I would much rather churches come to an understanding that "these are the arts we use" than say "these are the arts that are useful."
This is one of the many thoughts that came while I was reading that book.
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