Juan here, and I've got a bee in my bonnet, and I'm really wanting to let it out. How said bee got into said bonnet, or how said bonnet got on my head in the first place is an issue for another day and way too much for just one blog. I've been looking for a way to get the word out on a lot of great Christian artists that may or may not be making it out there for good people such as yourself to purchase. Most of this comes from me working with students who are trapped by the fact that they only like a certain genre of music, and what they know about CCM comes from the radio which, from where I live, isn't exactly aimed at them. Hence, the "CD O' the Week". I will try to the best of my abilities to post something about a CD that has come out (regardless of when) from an artist you may not have heard of, or never knew they released such a CD, or is pretty much just plain cool.
As a way of letting you know where these artists are coming from I have heard of, and will apply the "Philipians Philter" from Philipians 4:8. And it goes exactly like this...
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever isjust, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
From that, we have 3 practical ways to tell if the music you listen to is enlightening and encouraging. Also thanks to Mark Hall, who has the gift of alliteration, for making it easy to remember.
Lyrics. Everyone is selling something, and if you listen to it, you're buying it (even if you've pirated it off the internet, then you're paying more for it). The words in these songs tell you exactly how this person feels, acts, reacts, or views the world, and if it doesn't line up with the way you live, then why?
Lifestyle. That thing they were selling you before is lived out everyday when they walk the streets, go out on dates, or give interviews. If they don't live like you want to live, then why?
Live Preformance. What do they do when the spotlight is on them? What do they say in the space between songs? If it goes against what you sing on Sunday morning, then why?
So starting next week, check back here for some new music that you may not know even existed.