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Worship Songwriting – Tip No.2 – Lyrics – The…

Screen Shot 2014-01-18 at 16.32.06In writing a pop or rock song…in fact any genre except congregational worship songs…anything goes.

You can write from any experience, any viewpoint, use any language or emotion that you see fit.  Worship song writing is very different.

While there is no standard to measure your lyrics against in secular music (although it is clear that both good and poor lyrics are written), in worship song writing we HAVE to measure our songs lyrically against one single plumb line that exists.  The Bible.

While experience, emotion and world view can clearly influence our lyric writing, they hold very little real value in the scope of worship songwriting if the lyrics are not theologically sound and watertight, as measured against Truth.

Biblical Truth trumps experience/emotion/view point EVERY TIME

 

Our congregations theology is based more on the songs we sing than the preaches we hear.  Your responsibility as a worship song writer is great.  Measure your songs constantly against Truth.  Find a church leader to check the lyrics for you.

Please hear me clearly – there is a place for experience/emotion/view point – as long as they are aligned with the Bible, and used carefully.  A vague song about ‘feelings’ will dissolve into insignificance when stood next to a theologically pure exaltation, that builds faith, teaches Truth, reflects the nature God, praises his works or remembers the redeeming work of the cross.

 

John 4 v24 – “God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (italics mine)

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Taylor Swift Being Prophetic? – Part 3

Headpones & BibleYou can read part 1 HERE, or part 2 HERE.

After discussing our moral diet that comes from both secular music and other media such as televison, we are left with an important question.

What do we want our souls to feast on?

The easy answer to this question, is the Word of God.  The Bible.  66 books of history, poetry, prophecy, teaching and inspiration, written as a love letter to humanity by God through his people.

But as musicians, worship leaders and songwriters, we need to take this responsibility seriously. Read more “Taylor Swift Being Prophetic? – Part 3”

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Taylor Swift Being Prophetic? – Part 2

This post is best read in the light of Part 1 which is here.

Part 1 dealt with the music we listen to, and trying to make a consious decision over where we take our moral-food from…what do we digest into our bodies…what nutritional diet does our soul feast on…

This morning, a news story has emerged about an actor called Angus Jones.  Angus is a highly paid performer, starring in one of Americas most popular sitcoms Two And A Half Men.  The controversy surrounding the article is over his declaration that the entertainment program consists of ‘filth’ and that continuing to act in the program is incompatible with his christian beliefs.

Check out a news story HERE or watch a clip from his interview below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AcZL87J8-xo

This is a brave move from a young guy, who is risking his £200,000+ an episode salary and future working opportunities because he has decided to make a stand for Truth and the moral standards of living set out in the bible.

Having never watched Two And A Half Men, I cannot personally comment on the content of the program, but isn’t this a refreshing stance?

Taylor Swift commented that the songs on the radio are raising this generation, surely the TV is a natural ‘add on’ to this.  If todays moral values of compromise are soaked into the core of our daily TV diet, as well as our music, is it no surprise to see the downward spiraling of generations into ‘not loving your neighbour’, ‘everyone for yourself’ and ‘if it makes me feel good then it must be OK’.

What surprised me is the furious backlash people have had to Angus Jones comments.  Check out the comments at this bottom of this page to read just a few of them.  Where it’s become forbidden to speak out against Islam, suddenly it’s become OK for Christianity to be the easy target.  Because a young man takes a stand for good morals, no compromise and biblical Truth, this is taken as a ‘christian rant’ by a ‘deluded celebrity of limited intelligence who believes in fairy stories’.

Jesus is the only hope!!

I challenge you to also view Angus Jones’ comments in context with his full testimony (which the news outlets have conveniently ignored).  Part 1 and 2 are below.  But before you do, note this quote from Angus from the interview:

“The name of the game right now is compromise…according to the bible, when that happens we’re no longer standing for anything…no longer on the side of the Truth…pick your side now, and you need to be 100% for that…you need to be 100% or nothing at all.”

Part 3 of this blog series is HERE.

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Taylor Swift Being Prophetic?

You could blink, and almost miss it, but Taylor Swift has absolutely nailed the state of culture and this generation in her interview with 60 Minutes.  Here’s a link to a snippet of the interview.

“The truth of it is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation, so make your words count.”
 

Wow.  Think about that for a moment.

My daughter, just turning 9, has recently discovered MTV, and the moment has arrived for me where she is suddenly more aware of the latest names in popular music than I am.  When Rita Ora comes on, there’s a yelp of “oooh I love this song” and the volume suddenly goes up on the TV. Read more “Taylor Swift Being Prophetic?”