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Good Good Good Good Good Good Feelings (and that’s about it)

Jonathan Aigner just blogged about the fact that Chris Tomlin won some sort of Gospel Music Oscar for his song “Good Good Father.”

You should read it.

Aigner’s piercing critique highlights the gasping shallowness of what passes for contemporary worship: this song, according to them, is the best they have to offer.

 

Ponder Anew | Chris Tomlin’s “Good, Good Father” Wins GMA Song of the Year

 

About Christopher Ames

Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Boyceville, Wisconsin. Bicycle owner and operator. I used to play in a Campus Crusade band.

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2 Responses to Good Good Good Good Good Good Feelings (and that’s about it)

  1. If I may cite Scripture with reference to Mr. Aigner (the author in question) and his demeanor in the matter in question, may I advise Mr. Aigner to heed II Timothy 2:24-26 and gently instruct and not quarrel.

  2. I’ve inquired of people as to why churches have discarded hymns in favor of something else. Here are some reasonable-sounding sentiments I’ve considered:

    — My wife was not raised on hymns, and hymns are much more difficult for her to worship God.

    — As hymns were being written, people were probably saying to each other “Why are we discarding the old Psalms?”

    — Contemporary Christian songs by writers such as Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin are instrumental in terms of transforming my worship of God, and they have been instrumental in terms of transforming my local church’s worship of God.

    — When the heart is right, other things will fall into accord; other things will “fall into place”. A heart can be deceitful or otherwise sinful — but a heart can be Godly, righteous, and loving and giving of honest praise to God. And we know that an individual’s heart can be Godly, because we have the example in David, who was a man after God’s heart, and so can others be after God’s heart also. In the NT, Christ Jesus called a human being the rock on which He would build the Christian church.

    — If you’ve seen a video of a worship with Hillsong onstage, if you closely observe, there is a decisive unison of loud voices singing, and thus it certainly qualifies as corporal worship.

    — God can use contemporary music to lead His church toward Him, even if the music seems overly emotive or seems like it was written by a boyfriend to his girlfriend.

    — Why God can’t use contemporary music to lead His church toward Him? Is God so small that He can’t do that?

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