Guatemala started appearing more frequently in the news a few months ago. An entire nation protesting together to end government corruption? What was going on in this country? American interest piqued when the president of Guatemala resigned and was jailed in September.
If you have not heard the music coming out of Bethel Church in Redding, California, you have got to check it out. Really, I cannot imagine how you could have not come across them earlier, because they have been contributing to the world of Christian worship music for years.
Worship music is often criticized for being boring and unoriginal. Every once in a while though, a new artist arrives on the scene and changes things up. Hillsong Church, based out of Sydney, Australia, is known world wide for writing and producing many of the popular worship songs used in churches all over the world under a variety of different artist names.
During my preview visits to Greenville College before attending, one of my favorite things about the college was Chapel, and specifically the time of worship through music. I noticed a high standard of musicianship, and also a passion and energy in the congregation of students. Greenville College requires students to attend a certain number of chapel services, which exposes students to a large amount of worship time.
When asking people about their thoughts on Christian music, I got a lot of people saying that they don't listen to Christian music or they are not a big fan of Christian music. A lot of people brought up the point that "it all sounds the same" or "it is just not the style of music I like." When you hear "Christian music" does K-LOVE pop into your mind? Yet, there is so much more than just K-LOVE, there is actually a lot of different genres within Christian music other then the songs played on the typical Christian radio station. I have made a list and included videos along with them to maybe help you discover new genres or artists that sing for the Kingdom of God.
In The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence gets the ball rolling on the true purpose behind devotions, friendship with God. This handicapped, Carmelite monk desired above all things to establish and delight his soul in continual conversation with God- to pray without ceasing, to love God incessantly, and to give thanks for all things. Lawrence referred to this posturing of the soul as the practice of the presence of God.
The lights dim. A man walks onto the stage, a spotlight tracking his movements as he picks up his waiting guitar. As the crowd waits in muttering silence, he begins his solo. Soft music fills the air and the crowd lets out its waiting breath. Suddenly other members of the band are on stage and fill in the background for the guitar. The lyrics begin and the crowd’s voice rises to meet the lead guitarist.
John Mark McMillan. The Man of my Dreams. A man that has brought me to my knees. Through his raw vocals and his compelling lyrical style, John Mark McMillan is truly a gem in the music industry.