In Christ Alone

First published in 2001, In Christ Alone has become one of the favorite hymns of all time by several metrics. In Christ Alone is considered a credal hymn expressing faith in the crucified and risen savior.

The song has been recorded and covered many times. The first version below features Adrienne Liesching and Geoff Moore. (I was a big Geoff Moore and the Distance fan back in college but that’s not important right now.) This video displays the brilliant lyrics for your consideration. The second video is a live performance by Keith and Kristyn Getty. Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend are the original co-authors.

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UPDATE: It has come to my attention this my second post by this title. This post from 2009 is all about the lyrics with a link to the video. All four verses appear in their entirety with my commentary added afterward.

Everything that has Breath…

Screenshot 2016-01-12 at 7.27.59 PMThe 150th Psalm lists several musical instruments then declares “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” But are drums welcome in your sanctuary, or what about that kid that thinks he can play the tambourine? People are still entitled to their opinion, and Thom Rainer has poked the hornet’s nest. His post Five Favorite and Five Least Favorite Musical Instruments Used in Worship Services is exactly what it sounds like. Continue reading

Imagine/ Reimagine

imagineJohn Lennon’s Imagine is a beautiful song.  It has more than a meaningless catchy hook; the music, the molody, the lyrics are beautifully composed.  It’s one of those songs that has stood the test of time and continues to move audiences today.  (Here’s a link if you must.)

I mentioned it is not meaningless, right?  The song is beautiful to listen to but it’s the substance that should offend Christian sensibilities.  If an angry atheist were shouting on the street corner that there is no God, we would certainly notice.  Perhaps argue with him.  But Imagine shares the same message – that without religion the world would be a better place – in a much more palatable form.  I enjoy hearing the song even though I disagree with it’s philosophy.  Many have probably heard it without listening to it.  “Imagine there’s no heaven.”  I’d rather not.

I submit for your approval Reimagine.

Blogger Flagrant Regard (his first name is Martin, but that’s all I know) has taken what we like about Imagine but asks the listener to do the opposite.  Realize there is a heaven to gain, a hell to shun, and that Calvary makes all the difference.  Hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and realize that he is not the problem but the solution.  The Gospel is Good News; it is the cure and not the disease.

Please read the backstory in the author’s own words.  Props to our friend Paul for sharing.