(by Tim) When I was about nineteen, I went over to a guy's house for what at the time was called a jam session. The guy lived with his parents in Wheaton, and they'd given him a room in their basement where he and his band practiced. I'd come with a friend who was also a guitarist and I hung out while the two of them traded licks for a while. It was a good time, in large part because no one there was sniffing glue or getting stoned or drunk. The times were drug-infested and jam sessions without drugs or too much alcohol were the exception to the rule.
Decades later, I found out that young man was now a famous Christian musician--and reformed, to boot. Then, I heard he was speaking out against the crass materialism of the contemporary Christian music scene as only a son of Wheaton could or would. His name is Steve Camp and my respect for him has deepened over the years.There's another CCM guitarist I respect a great deal...
My son-in-law and daughter, Doug and Heather Ummel, live in Nashville and know some of the CCM crowd. They put this man at the top of the list. His name is Phil Keaggy and this is a good example of his musical virtuosity and spiritual depth.
Really, I have little doubt that, were Jesse's son, David, alive and playing today, he'd not be a member of the American Guild of Organists or a harpsichordist, but a guitarist. And when he led the people of God in corporate worship on the Lord's Day, whether he stuck to the Psalter or added songs, hymns, and spiritual songs, he'd accompany the congregation with a guitar.