I love music. It has been a great part of my life. I have played the piano and guitar since I was in Jr. High. I also played the trumpet but when I got to high school the band director made us choose between the band and football. I chose football. (I'm such a jock!) No wonder there was so much animosity between the jocks and the band. There is something magical about music. It moves you. It brings creativity. I would be lying to say I like all music. I can tollerate classical. I hate rap and country. Boy bands have to go! I am a 80's rocker at heart. But I really like the modern praise and worship music. I think there is something spiritual about music. King Saul needed music to sooth his soul. David played music. He danced for God. (rythemed or interpretive movement for baptists) When I hear certain songs it brings up memories and pictures in my mind. Whenever Cass hears I can only Imagine she cries because it reminders her of her dad's and step-moms funerals last year. Music in churches causes controversy. That is a shame. We all want what we want! I had a vision for the music I wanted at the Bridge Church we started in Atlanta. It was going to rock! It was going to be just like Northpoint. But the guy I got to do worship didn't do that kind of music. He was a college student at the University of Georgia. Ryan played more contemplative music. It was accustic guitar with a Djembe. It was different then I had dreamed about. But I grew to love it. Some of the people who joined our church decided they didn't like the music. They wanted more hymns in new church! Contemporary music is hard to pinpoint. What was contemporary 100 years ago is not anymore. Shout to the Lord is considered an oldie! What is in today might be out tomorrow. We church leaders need to be sensitive to this. 20 years from now the music will be much different than now. I may not like it, but if it reaches lost people, I will tollerate it---no I will grow to love it because it connects with people and worships God. John Maxwell attends Northpoint Church in Alpharetta, GA. He doesn't care for the music but he attends because God is moving in that church. He says when he wants his music, he gets in his car and listens to a CD he likes. What a great attitude. I don't but into the type of music we play on Wednesdays. If it connects with the students and praises God then I'm all for it. I just love music!
posted by Kevin Bussey at 11/02/2005 01:23:00 PM