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Reformed Rap and African American Culture

This is an interesting perspective from an African American pastor. Here’s a portion:

We are not relating to African American culture as a whole if pastors (who are not rappers) continue to peddle rap music into every church they are called to serve. My wife asked me an excellent question not too long ago. She asked me why the majority of African American pastors who graduate from top reformed seminaries target almost exclusively urban communities? could it be because there is a new reformed movement known as Christian hip hoppers? I’m not ready to say I have it all figured out, but I will say the emphasis on rap music is very interesting. There are many African Americans who are not in to rap music at all. Many predominantly African American churches have no real ties or commitments to the movement except to get the young people more interested. In fact if you ask the average African American pastor what he thinks of Christian rap, he would probably tell you it’s a worldly genre.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children.

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