It was never meant to be busking.
Friday, February 29, 2008
It was never meant to be busking.
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In his 2004 book Searching for God Know's What, Donald Miller makes an intersting comment on the Christian music industry. As an outside observer, he simply notes that when viewing the covers of Christian CD's, the artists seem to be intent on making themselves look beautiful and attractive - even more so he notes, than the secular bands he listened to.
He comments that it appears many Christian artists get caught up in the 'music industry' and in doing so, forget their own primary role as ministers of the Gospel. In the end they just go with what makes them money.
I like Donald Miller - the way he thinks, his subtle observations........and his dress sense.
In light of such things, it was refreshing to be amongst the 500 or so listening to Nath Tasker last week at St Thomas' North Sydney. I like Nath because I can see in him a minister of the Gospel first and a concert playing, CD producing musician second.
He is a man who, instead of getting caught up in the music industry, seeks to change the music industry. He is the Keith Green of our age.
And as we sat, listened and sang along it became clear that Nath was not 'performing', he was 'sharing'. We were (as we always are) allowed in on Naths journey of faith, and more importantly directed to our great Father in heaven.As a Christian community we are very poor in keeping our musicians accountable. In warning them of the lure of fame and the sting of greed. Instead we urge them on and on.
Give us more beautiful people! we cry.
Be like our fav secular bands! we inadverntly demand.
Praise the Lord that he has risen up at least one man with integrity amongst this bunch. And let us pray that the Lord continues to use him to bring others back to the humble daily realites of picking up the cross and the amazing future glories that are in stall for those of us in Christ......so that none of us - musicians or otherwise seek our glory 30 years too early.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
As holiday work I've been translating chunks of 1 Corinthians - so far I've made it from 1:1-2:5.
As chapter 2 begins we hear Paul's ministry Modus Operandi.
You can go read it hereGarland makes the following comment: "Paul is not anti-intellectual, but he does apose intellectual vanity. He did not come as a know-it-all fishing for admiration. On the contrary, he was content to be identfied as a know-nothing, who preached foolishness: Christ crucified.
Paul readly admits in 2:3 "I was with you in weakness, in fear and much trembling."
So here is the question - Have our generations been majorly misguided when it comes to ministry?
'know-it-all', 'fishing for admiration' - I know web sites and online resources can be a beautiful encouragement from many ministers to many believers.....that includes blogs!
But do they have the ring of the comments above?
I think of Marc Driscol (of whom I admire) who asks 'the world' what their top 10 questions are so as to do as a sermon series at his church in Seattle. Does it matter what anyone outside of his 'flock' really think?
I think of my own blog that attempts to provide christian reflections - fishing for admiration?
Here's the rub......
What if you were to be an unkown minister, in an out-of-the-place area, who recieves no recognition and who pastors a church that does not grow.