Classic rock and manly zeal....

"...it's indie or classic rock that moves our spirit."


(Tim) You all know ClearNote Church is filled with classical musicians but we worship mostly under the leadership of amplified instruments. This EP just released by our worship musicians gives you a good feel for how we're led. What distinguishes our worship leaders is that they use instrumentation and tunes and rhythms that are familiar to those who attend. We're not asked to go back into genres of previous centuries when we sing God's praises and pray.

Then too, we believe our music should be characterized by masculine zeal. The congregation should have men pushing us to express our joy and firm commitment and worship for the majesty and glory of God. Faint spirits and cold hearts are challenged when singing God's praises, here.

So you'll notice how well-matched the music and instrumentation and beat are to our goal. If you were to worship with us one Lord's Day morning, you'd notice this is how we pray and preach, also--we don't give people space for unbelief and ambivalence...

Our leaders lead, as men, proclaiming and pleading and drumming and commanding and exhorting and appealing and rebuking and confessing as the congregation eats and drinks and claps and lifts hands and kneels and cries and shouts (sometimes) and sings with abandon. Sometimes the Holy Spirit blesses us with ecstasy which is Greek for standing outside of ourselves--the summum bonum (for our non-snobbish readers, that means "highest good") of Christian adoration.

Pass the EP around and copy it in your own worship--but be forewarned that you will have to reform the worship leadership and elders board and the mothers of your congregation to do so. Still, the fruit will be so very ripe and sweet to the taste that you won't regret it. We certainly don't.

By the way, one last comment: in our day and culture--particularly its effeminacy--if we are not losing people regularly because of the manly zeal of our warnings and admonitions and rebukes as we proclaim God's Word, we're almost certainly failing in our preaching. The same with worship: if we've not lost people from our church because of the manly zeal of our direction of worship through reading and confessing and singing, we're almost certainly neither hot nor cold.

And if you tell me you don't know what I'm talking about with this "manly zeal" thing, I'll call you a clueless nincompoop or a liar--take your pick. Go to an indie or classic rock concert and watch the zeal of the musicians leading you in the cult of man; watch the listeners reciprocate with zeal. Then think of what William Law said in his seventeenth century A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life: that men who say they can't sing God's praises only need to be reminded how very well and easily they sing in the bar. To translate his point, it's indie or classic rock that moves our spirit. Thus David's wife, Michal, approves of our worship and would only think of disapproving of our classic rock concert.

Men's zeal will out in the presence of the thing they have zeal for--and you feel it.

Remember, I love everybody.

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Actually, Tim, if I may correct you; it is only Nathaniel Huck who sings with abandon. Others only hope to approach his level. And I also love everybody.

Rock The Flock !

Amen. My heart is encouraged every time that boy opens his mouth to sing.

Thanks GSB crew for recording this latest album. I'm glad to get it before I leave town for a while

-Jim

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On the topic of "independent" vs. "classic" rock....

Pop Quiz: Which is more manly?

a) girl's jeans and converse all-stars
b) tights or painted-on jeans and cowboy boots
c) neither a nor b

a) pink hair covering the eyes
b) pink hair with copious amounts of hairspray
c) perms
d) none of the above

a) black lipstick and painted-on tears
b) eye-liner, eye-shadow, and red lipstick
c) neither a nor b

a) moaning and whining
b) screaming like a girl (AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!)
c) neither a nor b

a) bracelets
b) lots of bracelets
c) neither a nor b

a) black t-shirts, two sizes too small
b) black leather and leopard-print spandex pants
c) neither a nor b

Let's see--when was the last time you heard a rocker singing about covenant faithfulness in marriage, or about the glorious calling of rearing children? And when was the last time their lives showed that kind of thing? What is true manliness: fidelity and fathering, or promiscuous adultery? And which is more characteristic of rock music? And which was more characteristic of the 17th century church--"when fathers ruled"?

So, your identification of rock with manliness and the identification which seems to be implied of previous centuries with femininity is pretty weak. Or, to be more forceful, it's frankly stupid.

>>Let's see--when was the last time you heard a rocker singing about covenant faithfulness in marriage...

I'd answer each question, but you're not really asking questions, are you? At least get the points right. To say, for instance, that we have identified previous centuries with femininity is pretty weak. Or, to be more forceful; quite frankly, it's stupid.

Patiently yours,

BTW, here's Joshua's bio from the classical Christian school where he teaches: "Prior to coming to Veritas, Joshua W. D. Smith (BA, Oberlin College; MA, Westminster Seminary in CA) served as 7th-8th grade Teacher and Head Teacher at Covenant Christian Academy of Chicago and as adjunct professor of philosophy at Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL). He currently teaches Humane Letters, Theology, Latin, and Greek at Veritas. Joshua was classical studies assistant instructor for a student trip to Italy and Greece in March 2006, and also spent most of Summer 2007 in Italy as one of 15 participants selected out of over 120 to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar on Dante's Commedia."

Dear Joshua,

When was the last time you listened to a non-homosexual play the organ?

Which is to say, two can play at that game.

Sincerely,
-Joseph

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