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Rap and Bad Art

Rap and Bad Art

An oldie, but a goodie, from Frank Turk, that addresses the very kinds of arguments currently displayed on this site. There really is nothing new under the sun… Continue Reading

Asking the right questions – Reformation21 Blog

Asking the right questions – Reformation21 Blog

Jeremy Walker at Reformation21 asks three very important questions relevant to the rap debate: In what ways can a Christian appreciate, enjoy and embrace either a form or genre of music in and of itself, or a particular instance of that form? To what extent is a certain form or genre an appropriate vehicle for… Continue Reading

Discussion about Christian rap with Shai Linne: Can Music Be Sinful? (Rebuttal)

Discussion about Christian rap with Shai Linne: Can Music Be Sinful? (Rebuttal)

This entry is part 3 of 19 in the series Discussion about Christian Rap with Shai Linne You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Shai Linne and I are having a conversation between Christian brothers about Christian rap. This post will not make sense unless you start at the beginning of this discussion and read through all the posts. You can find the other posts in this discussion on the right hand side of this page. This is a rebuttal by… Continue Reading

Three reasons white evangelicals defend Reformed Rap

Three reasons white evangelicals defend Reformed Rap

Mark Snoeberger diagnoses three reasons “otherwise respectable middle-aged white men [tripped] over one another to be first in line insisting that they’re not racist because they’re OK with Reformed Rap and Holy Hip-Hop as valid worship forms”: Evangelicalism Neo-Kuyperianism Celebrity His conclusion reflects well my own situation: Since I despise Christian celebrity, I cannot fathom… Continue Reading

Discussion about Christian rap with Shai Linne: Can Music Be Sinful?

Discussion about Christian rap with Shai Linne: Can Music Be Sinful?

This entry is part 2 of 19 in the series Discussion about Christian Rap with Shai Linne You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The first question in our discussion goes to Shai Linne: Scott, in your recent post where you explained your comments on the NCFIC panel, you spoke of rap as “a form of music that is inherently denigrating.” My first question to you is this: Are you saying that music, apart from lyrics, can be sinful… Continue Reading

“I am not sure that defenders of Reformed or Christian rappers are capable of seeing the difference between The Three Stooges and Shakespeare.”

“I am not sure that defenders of Reformed or Christian rappers are capable of seeing the difference between The Three Stooges and Shakespeare.”

D. G. Hart offers good perspective on the recent debate. Here’s his closing paragraph: I don’t know why it would be offensive to put rap and hip-hop in the same ephemeral category of The Three Stooges, The Simpsons, and Ricky Gervais. To do so is just as implicitly elitist and hierarchical as the white-guy panel… Continue Reading

Discussion about Christian rap with Shai Linne: Introduction

Discussion about Christian rap with Shai Linne: Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 19 in the series Discussion about Christian Rap with Shai Linne You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Over the next couple of weeks, Shai Linne (bio) and I will have a public discussion about Christian rap here on this site. I am grateful that Shai has asked to have this discussion. He and I spoke on the phone Saturday, we got know each other a bit, and we prayed together. I was… Continue Reading

Some posts worth reading on Christian rap

Some posts worth reading on Christian rap

Here are just two posts on the recent Christian rap issue that are worth reading: What Rap Means Shai Linne and Scott interacted in a mutually respectful way, I felt. And I hope they can dialogue publicly. If they do, I would like to hear more from Shai on this question of what rap means. I… Continue Reading

Some answers to questions about my views on Reformed rap

Some answers to questions about my views on Reformed rap

Since Shai Linne is a busy church planter/assistant pastor, and I am a busy seminary professor in the last week of the semester, we’re finding that it’s taking a bit longer than we’d hoped to put together our discussion about Christian rap. Stay tuned. In the meantime, I’d like to answer a few questions that… Continue Reading

Panel discusses Reformed Rap

Panel discusses Reformed Rap

I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the Worship of God Conference sponsored by the National Center for Family Integrated Churches. Here is a video of how the panel answered the question, “What about Reformed Rap?” [vimeo vimeo.com/80291749] Related: See my series on Christian rap. Continue Reading

Does Christ Redeem Cultural Expressions?

Does Christ Redeem Cultural Expressions?

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Is Rap Really a Canvas? You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

We have studied some statements by Shai Linne and boiled them down to four propositions. 1) Rap is a medium. 2) Media are morally neutral until informed by content. 3) Christ’s act of redemption means that even media formerly used for evil can now be used for God’s glory. 4) This is what Shai Linne… Continue Reading

Is Rap Really a Canvas?

Is Rap Really a Canvas?

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Is Rap Really a Canvas? You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The following abridged discussion took place here. Credo Mag: In the past you have been criticized for redeeming such a “depraved genre” as hip-hop. What is your response to this criticism? Shai Linne: Arguments against “depraved genres” are ultimately arguments against redemption itself, because depraved genres are the products of depraved human beings- who need… Continue Reading

On the suggestion that ‘holy hip hop’ is the new Baroque

On the suggestion that ‘holy hip hop’ is the new Baroque

Anthony Bradley recently submitted a commentary for World magazine publicizing ‘holy hip hop.’ He writes, “If you are looking for theologically saturated Christian music that has the greatest potential for widespread appeal, your best option may be Christian hip-hop.” The first sentence gives away a great deal. First, he missteps in the first clause, for… Continue Reading

Reverence in prayer

The section on prayer in John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is surely one of the most beloved passages of that influential work. Therein, Calvin addresses, among other matters, the importance of reverence in corporate prayer. For Calvin, an essential mark of reverence in corporate prayer is attentiveness. He says, Whoever engaged in prayer… Continue Reading