Showing posts with label Christian Rock. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christian Rock. Show all posts

July 4, 2019

Liberty and Darwinism are Opposites

Since proponents of fish-to-firefighter evolution rely on a paradigm of naturalism, they have a heap of trouble explaining the experiences of life that are intangible. I heard a debate between a Christian and an atheist, and the atheist admitted that everything he knows could be wrong in his frame of empiricism. The Christian showed him that he could not account for such things as logic and his worldview is self-refuting. Even though the atheist could be wrong, his "reasoning" maintained that the Christian is also wrong. Such a worldview is unlivable, as things we experience every day, truths of life, cannot be tested and determined in a lab by material means. By what means to materialists determine the soul or free will? What or where is consciousness? They are not a part of the brain. There are some helpful links in "The Quantum Soul?"


Evolutionists cannot reconcile concepts like freedom and liberty with their materialistic worldview.
Declaration of Independence, John Trumbull, 1817-1819
Today, many Americans are celebrating Independence Day. Hopefully, we will reflect on the strong statements that were used by the Founding Fathers in this event. Darwin and his successors promoted natural selection, and had no use for things like love, compassion, human rights, liberty, and so forth. Yet we cherish such concepts, but they have no evolutionary, "scientific", or materialistic basis. In fact, they are contrary to such thinking. Our founders, and many Americans today, acknowledge that freedoms ultimately come from our Creator.

It amazes me that people hold very public protests, write letters, publish newspaper articles, and more to complain about the government. That's freedom of speech. They should learn how to use search engines and learn a bit about history, as there are countries now, and have been in the past, where such actions could get them imprisoned or killed.

We transfer power through our election processes. Other countries have violent overthrows and military actions. By the way, our government is far more stable than other countries. Do some research on how many governments Italy has had, for instance.

There are people in Britain and other places who rail against Americans as stupid and backward (even though we're the leaders in science and technology, as well as human rights). Is it because many of us reject their materialistic, Darwinian views? While many folks strive for political and other kinds of freedoms, the only true freedom is found in being reconciled with our Creator and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

I'm sending you to an article that was published on July 4, 2018, but I did not see it until later. This post is written on August 19, 2018. It will be interesting to see that what is expressed here, and in that article, are still relevant.
The Darwinian worldview that allegedly freed people from ‘religion’ actually enslaves them to the worst kind of tyranny.

In the United States today, Americans will celebrate Independence Day with parties, barbecues, and fireworks. Hopefully mixed in with the fun is some appreciation for the founding principles of America:
  • All men are created equal
  • Human rights
  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
  • Liberty and justice for all
  • E pluribus unum (out of many, one)
  • In God we trust
  • The American dream
All of these ideals are profoundly anti-Darwinian. The secular worldview in vogue today, resting on Darwin’s advocacy of nature run by unguided natural processes, cannot derive any of these. In fact, the opposite is true: secularism undermines every one of these, and historically, has fought against them.
 I'd take it very kindly if you'd read the rest of this article. To do so, click on "Liberty Is an Anti-Darwinian Concept".



January 22, 2019

Celebrity Appeal and Propaganda

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

The other day, Stormie Waters was frustrated with her gold prospecting efforts and ventured up past Stinking Lake (which is not as bad as the name implies) and up into Deception Pass. Somehow she avoided the Winkie Guards and drew near to the Darwin Ranch. Then she overheard Rusty Swingset telling the hands that they need to step up their propaganda game — using celebrities.


Atheists and evolutionists are using celebrity propaganda to manipulate people into accepting their views.
Background image furnished by Why?Outreach
I'll allow that we gravitate toward people who think like us (and Christians are commanded to have teaching and fellowship with other believers, but it seems that we seek out celebrity endorsements a bit less than other people.) Having someone famous who is on your side has a greater impact. You can find listings of famous atheists in history and the media, and lists of creation scientists and other scientists who disagree with Darwinism can be found. People of varied interests find influential people who share their interests.


Propaganda and Persuasion

The word propaganda is not necessarily a dirty word, but it has strong negative connotations. Advertising is a kind of propaganda to persuade people to use a product or service. Propaganda has been used during wars to help improve the morale of the populace and the military, and is used to discourage the enemy. 

Unfortunately, a great deal of propaganda for leftist political purposes, global climate change, evolutionism, and other things is deceptive. Misquotes are used with impunity and pertinent information is omitted in order to deceive people. I reckon that propagandists know that people are unable or unwilling to think critically, preferring to "think" with their emotions, so they swallow the lies and succumb to manipulation — all the while believing they were reaching their own conclusions through reason.

Celebrity Influence — It Should Not Matter

Really, who cares? Thinking people should not be influenced by the opinions of people in the arts. (Ever notice that movie and rock stars as well as others in arts-related fields are usually leftists and others who reject biblical authority?) Rock star Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) bluntly said, "f you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."

Like rockers, film stars are not exactly known for being experts in foreign policy, climatology, or economics. To use a phrase from Chris Plante, they "play dress up and make believe". Actors generally do not have time for more intellectual pursuits. A well-known advertisement for a cough syrup used an actor who played a doctor on a soap opera telling us to use that product, but he was not a real doctor. This was an implied appeal to authority. Just stop and think when you're influenced by that actor in the latest hit movie about comic book heroes brought to life.

Celebrities are not exactly known as role models for morality, and a presuppositional apologist would like to ask someone making declarations, "What makes this policy or person you're condemning bad (or good) according to your hedonistic worldview? What is your ultimate standard of morality?"' What we all could do (when we get a notion to using our think bones) is consider those questions ourselves when a celebrity is pontificating.

Making the Stars

While many celebrities get attention the usual way (film attendance, album sales, and so on), others have their status inflated. Atheists have their "rock stars" that owe their popularity to the web, and others are poor philosophers that sell books to other atheists who seek support for their existing anti-Christian bigotry. It baffles me why Clinton Richard Dawkins is an "expert" on religion when he is a materialistic scientist and has no formal training in theology. Celebrity atheists sell books, give lectures, and make big money hating God, though, experts or not.

Evolutionary and atheistic icons receive hero worship that is largely undeserved. Charles Darwin is touted as a "great scientist", but when we point out that his only formal education was in theology, not science, his disciples get a mite obstreperous. In the same way, Bill Nye is sought after for his views on atheism, evolutionism, and climate change. When shown that he is a former comedian that became a television actor, not a scientist, and a propagandist for leftist causes (like abortion, global warming, evolution, etc.), his admirers tend to go ballistic. Indeed, Nye used fake, outdated science and bad logic in his debate with Ken Ham, and Answers in Genesis provided many articles refuting his ignorance. 


If you read about propaganda used by Nazis, Mao, the Soviet Union, and so on, you will see the cult of personality approach is used to inflate the celebrity status of those in power. People were persuaded by posters, leaflets, broadcasts, and testimonies of how wonderful their leaders were. You do want to please Our Leader, don't you? Think of how badly you would feel if you let him down, boy howdy! Fear was a big part of this because people who displeased those in power were made to go away, which also helped the propaganda.

Christians tend to get a few sensational claims from celebrities to prove their points. It puts a burr under my saddle when people misquote Uncle Albert (Einstein), for instance, when as a student he puts an atheistic teacher in his place. The account is fictional, and Einstein did not hold to any semblance of Christianity. Some of us have passed around things without checking on their validity, presumably with some sort of celebrity appeal. This only gives misotheists additional excuses to ridicule us.



The basis for our thinking is the Word of God, not sensationalism or the opinions of famous people who ride for the secularist brand. God gave us minds and expects us to use them. People are not converted to Christ through celebrities, that is the work of the Holy Spirit.

Thinking for Ourselves

Don't get me wrong, it's interesting and even fun when a famous person shows up in the studio or at a gathering to lend support to a cause. It's even better when they have knowledge of the subject they are supporting. But be very careful about being swayed by emotional appeal. "Fiona Famousgirl supports this, so I should too because I adore Fiona". Wrong.

I may write an article on this sometime, but I believe that we are ripe for a dictatorship. Study on it a bit and see that people do not think logically, are easily manipulated by celebrities and false authority figures, and are driven by their emotions. (The Antichrist could easily harness all that, but I'm not going to turn this into an eschatology article.) What can we do?

For one thing, take Mr. Newhart's advice and stop it. Get up on the hill for the bigger picture and reason things through. Is there any reason to care what some famous person thinks about a subject, especially if they are opposed to our values? Not hardly!

This article was inspired by another that I am going to recommend. I'd be obliged if you'd read "Can evolutionists use celebrities to brainwash the public?"


February 6, 2017

Snowflakes Burning with Hate

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

It is indeed unfortunate that the political and cultural situations in the United States are not unique to our borders; the affliction is global. Instead, it is a reflection of postmodernism and nihilism, replete with relative truth and despair. After Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald J. Trump, people were suddenly confronted with the stark possibilities of having to actually work and become productive members of society for eight years; they never considered that Hillary could lose the election. Further, they were willingly blind to the duplicity and outright lies of the Obama administration, carrying this over and expecting more promises of good things from the leftist Democrats.

On the spiritual side, we get something like this confused ramblings from someone who has claimed to be an atheist and not an atheist in the same paragraph. He usually identifies himself as an atheist, and has said God is "non-existent". Here is an edited version of something this atheist said (he's an atheist except when he's not...weird...):

I sometimes feel anger towards "God". Maybe he is real for some but chose to withhold his reality from me, and that's unfair.
Hold on a spell, pilgrim! What makes you so doggone special, that God would "withhold his reality" from you? Things didn't go the way you liked, God did not jump through a flaming hoop to give you your desires? Did you ever carry your cross through town, wrongly condemned and sinless? Further, you are calling God a liar! God did make himself known to all (Rom. 1:18-24), and you're not the special snowflake that is the exception, and God is not a liar (Num. 23:19). If you want "fair", then you don't want God! That's right, because all have sinned (Rom. 3:23) and deserve death (Rom. 6:23). He didn't have to do it, but God gave us the offer of redemption through Jesus Christ, God the Son. Repent of your perverse reverse idolatry (making a false god that you can hate) while there's still time.

There are others who feel that they are beyond God's reach, exceptions to the rules, and so forth (the Democrat Party actually booed God). They are rejecting him so they can make themselves into their own postmodern false gods and make their own rules, especially in areas of sexuality. Leftists are known for opposing Christian moral values, the family, the sanctity of marriage, and endorsing every form of sexual perversion. God is not welcome in Leftistland, but reality cannot be changed through tantrums.

When the election did not go their way, many liberals became hysterical, needing safe spaces in which to cry and use coloring books. These are children in adult bodies, and such coddling is actually harmful to them. Can you imagine a campus debate club nowadays? "Don't cry, we'll let you win the debate. That's right, the Soviet Union was good for the world!" I can just imagine such weak-minded individuals who have been ill-prepared to face the real world actually having to obtain employment and then be told that they cannot have their way.


Delicate liberal snowflakes are burning with hate for anyone who disagrees with them. While calling others "fascists", they show the same attitudes themselves.
Modified from a graphic at Clker clipart
Now we have these poor, poor, pitiful snowflakes burning with rage and showing how contemptible the left really is. (Yes, in this case, snowflakes really do burn.) They're still delicate, but fearless in a mob setting. They wanted mob rule from the election instead of the established, legal Constitutional process that prevailed.

Leftists claim to be all about free speech, but apparently that only works one way: they demand to be heard at any time, in any place, in any way. If you do not allow an obstreperous balatron free reign with his or her outbursts, then the individual or group will invariably play the fascist card (among others). It's a favorite word of late, but the users do not know what it means. They simply use it to provoke negative emotional reactions. President Trump has been called a fascist by many, but his policies belie that claim. (I've been called a fascist, and someone was called a "fascist follower of the North Korean style false propaganda blog", showing that the writer has no concept of what either word means.) What is interesting is that these benighted accusers are unaware (whether through stupidity or willing ignorance) that Hillary Clinton's "Stronger Together" slogan has fascist origins.

Unfortunately for intelligent people who must suffer because of excerebrose rioters and slogan chanters, they have not realized that their statements comparing Trump to Hitler (or even saying Trump is Hitler) are utterly vapid. After all, those — almost called them sidewinders, but I don't wish to insult venomous reptiles with the comparison — losers still have their free speech. They are still criticizing the government and individuals in it, still unimprisoned, still alive. I'm fully in favor of arresting, prosecuting, and punishing those who set people's hair on fire, shove bloody tampons in someone's face, riot, burn buildings, and so forth. Put 'em in the slammer.

The crocodilian attitudes of the left become even more apparent with the treatment of Milo Yiannopoulos. He embodies two traits that leftists adore: he is not an American citizen, and he is blatantly homosexual. He also tends to be correct about some topics, but quite crude as well. Since he supports Trump, he's persona non grata. Those advocates of free speech and tolerance are themselves engaging in their version of fascism, even to the point of rioting to protest the free speech of someone they dislike!

Let me ride off on a side trail. Come along, will you?

Republicans and Conservatives are more likely to uphold traditional moral values and the rule of law, but we've been bamboozled by country club Republicans in the past. Politicians lie, it's their nature. (I can hope that Trump is different, but it's too soon to tell. Good start in many instances, though.) When Hillary Clinton insulted millions of Trump supporters by calling them a "basket of deplorables", many embraced the term. On social media, you can find groups and Pages using the title "Deplorables" and some variations. I scanned some of them, and they are living up to the title. There is hatred for the left and extreme profanity. Sure, the bigotry of the left has provoked negative emotions on the other side, but the profane, hateful reactions to the leftists are outrageous.

Back to the main trail again.

Let me edjamakate y'all: The problem is not political, philosophical, or social. It is sin. Membership in a political party does not mean you are a Christian, nor does it make you faultless. Politics cannot save you. Donald Trump cannot save anyone (I don't reckon he has such an exalted view of himself anyway). Salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone, not through works, rituals, membership, or anything else added on, you savvy? Trump campaigned to make America great again. Can that happen? In my opinion, we're under God's judgement, but we've been given a reprieve by not going full left. If we as a nation will humble ourselves and seek God, it may happen. Perhaps the leftists outside our borders will then learn from our example.





April 1, 2015

Fools on the Wrong Road

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it."
— Matthew 7.13-14

Short videos and music video for April 1 (Atheists' Day). Two kinds of fools are on the wrong highway, and it's time to exit!

There are two kinds of fools that I want to deal with today. 

Atheist Fools
April 1, so it is Atheists' Day (Psalm 14.1). They are on the broad highway that leads to destruction, but suppress the truth of the God they know exists. 

This was on a Facebook Page that was set up by atheists to mock and blaspheme (click for larger):
My reply was comprised of the references and text of Prov. 26:12, Rom. 11:33-34, Isaiah 55:8-9, 1 Cor. 2:14, Jer. 17:9, 1 Cor. 1:19-20, Psalm 14:1, Rom. 1:18-22, Phil. 2:9-11. Naturally, the response was ridiculed. This guy proved God's Word right again (and blasphemed further). People like this want us to reject God's written Word and embrace their false god, which they call "science". That is a philosophy made up my humans, so in essence, it comes down to worshiping man, not God.

They need to exit their highway to destruction now. Let's have Wild Bill explain in this short video, plus another short video after that. Then we'll ride the trail in a slightly different direction afterward.






The Christian Fool
Yes, there are Christian fools. Remember, Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1 say, "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'". We can act like God isn't there by denying the authority of Scripture. One way to do that is having a buffet-style religion, just pick and choose what you'll believe and then say that the other parts don't matter. No, this doesn't mean honest disagreements over the interpretation of some details. There are people who find excuses to disbelieve the Bible, hate and ridicule creationists, lie about God, say that the Bible is written by "ignorant goat herders" — and claim that they go to church! 

Similarly, there are "Christians" who compromise on the Word of God and perform massive eisegesis (reading into the text so they can twist the Bible to support their preconceptions). People like this join with atheists in embracing the magisterial view of science philosophies. The ones who are bringing down the cause of Christ are not the ones who believe his Word, but those I just described.

For people who claim to be Christians and "live like the devil", or are allegedly church-going but blaspheme and live in hatred and bitterness toward people who do believe the Bible, compromise and twist the Word of God, I urge you to repent and examine yourselves (2 Cor. 13:5). Other examples of Christian foolishness include ignoring their Bibles, and neglecting good teaching (2 Tim. 3:16).

Playing religious games and deceiving yourselves as well as others is a dangerous game. Sure, you'll meet God face to face one day, but you may be on the wrong side of Judgement, and end up in the opposite place that you expected to spend eternity in.

Two kinds of fools with some things in common.: they both deny the authority of Scripture, and are in rebellion against God. This is rooted in pride. Professing Christians like this are saying in their hearts, "There is no God".

I have one more video for you here.



October 13, 2014

Atheists and Anti-Creationists Crazy from the Hate

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen
Edited 10-14-2014.

The inspiration for this article is backwards. I saw a rant in an inconsequential forum by a vituperative but unimportant atheist. Then I read the article on one of the sites I subscribe to that brought his childish "you deny evolution and billions of years, so you're a liar" reaction. The article in question is by former theistic evolutionist Dr. David Catchpoole of CMI, "Faith can move mountains (but it can't change history)". He wrote a short article about the global Genesis Flood from his biblical creationist (young earth) perspective, and was given an ad hominem attack for his efforts by the aforementioned atheopath.

Dr. Catchpoole gave links in that article to some of the science articles supporting the Genesis Flood, but the critic did not seem to be interested in reading or responding to those. 

The uneducated atheopath railed against Catchpoole, displaying his inability to distinguish between a different interpretation of evidence and a lie (plus being intolerant of people for even having a non-evolutionary viewpoint). This shows something that I have been saying for years: Hate stupidifies. (Stupidify is a word I picked up from Matt Slick of CARM.) This fits with something that some theologians call the "noetic effect of sin", where God essentially says, "Enough! Have it your way, I won't contend with you any longer" (Romans 1.24-25). The point is that sin corrupts all aspects of someone's life, including the ability to reason. They think they can cogitate on something and be brilliant, but they really can't think well at all.



I've seen it. Some people can carry on a conversation, offer analysis of situations or observed facts, and so on. When it comes to matters of morality, theology and so on, their nice horsie of thought suddenly throws them from the saddle. What baffles me is that people make the most basic errors of logic, and are so consumed with hate that they do not make sense, and cannot be schooled in the most basic principles. I have pointed out the errors of some people, and then they justified their bad logic by doing the same things again, and they consider personal attacks to be "rational arguments"! God is right, they claim to be brilliant, but that's not the case (Romans 1.22). Worse, others who are in agreement with their hatred of God and excuses to reject him applaud the bad logic (Romans 1.32).

Many obstreperous atheists seem to think that they have a crusade to protect "science" and "reason" from "religion". What they are really doing is spreading hatred, bad logic and bigotry. If they want to have a purpose, get on God's side and fight for what is right. Someone rightly said, "If you want to rebel against someone, rebel against the devil!" That's true, since he is their master.

It is clear that true "freethinkers" are not atheists who believe they are intellectual. They are rebelling against God and are actually under the control of Satan (2 Corinthians 4.4, John 8.44). True free thinking comes through something that is irrational to them, and that is through submission to God (Proverbs 1.7). Until they repent and make Jesus Christ the Lord of their lives and thinking, they remain fools (Psalm 53.1) under their master's control. Addendum: An excellent article on a Christian view of the intellect is here.

September 11, 2011

Reminder


Petra "Whole World" lyrics

Words and music by Bob Hartman
Based on Hebrews 1:3, Matthew 20:29, 6:34

Hearts are falling left and right
Children fear this planet's plight
Fatalistic fears abound
And take their toll without a sound
But through the vague uncertainty - comes a bold assurity
This world is under sovereignty - divinely ordered destiny
He holds this world together with the Word of His power
Safe within His hands - til its own appointed hour

(Chorus)
He's still got the whole world in His hands - tonight
And only He knows where the sparrow lands - tonight
And nothing in this world can stop His plans - tonight
'Cause He's still got the whole world in His hands
In His hands tonight

Humanistic lies lament
The holocaust is imminent
Doomsday prophets in the news
Predicting who will light the fuse
The fate of His creation isn't subject to a man
The final consummation is according to His plan
He's still got you - He's still got me in His hands tonight

March 26, 2011

Laughing at You

Edit: News reached me that a certain highly intellectual and deeply compassionate atheist referred to this band as "the most retarded". You're a class act, Poindexter. What a joke!


Here is the title track of the 1991 song by Deliverance, called "What a Joke" (written by Jimmy P. Brown II and George Ochoa):


I'm so tired of all this guile
Homos saying they're not perverted
It's an alternative lifestyle

Law enforcement, politicians and businessmen
These days with most of them
Corruption is a synonym

We fight this battle not against evil
Against those who think they are good
I've not stolen, murdered or destroyed
God will let me in!
What a joke
God will laugh at your calamity
What a joke
He will mock when your terror comes

Wannabe intellects spew
"There is no God"
Proving themselves fools, liars and frauds

Remnant prays this battle against evil
Against those who perceive they are right
They've not stolen, murdered or destroyed
God must let them in!
What a joke
God will laugh at your calamity
What a joke
He will mock when your terror comes
What a joke
Despising knowledge, choosing not to fear
What a joke
Complacency of fools will destroy

Voice overs:
STATEMENT OF IGNORANCE: You know it's like a certain lady said, "You're god, I'm god, we're all god, all religion is good
All paths lead to the same destination
ANSWER: Yeah, the Judgement Seat of Christ

STATEMENT OF IGNORANCE: I'm an atheist, I don't believe in God
ANSWER: Yea, well God doesn't believe in atheists

STATEMENT OF IGNORANCE: Well everybody knows the Bible is full ofcontradictions
ANSWER: Your ignorance is what the contradiction is. Why don't you show me a couple, we'll deal with them

STATEMENT OF IGNORANCE: I'm going to party with all my friends in hell
ANSWER: Not even worthy of an answer

STATEMENT OF IGNORANCE: The world is at least one hundred million years old, you know, where's that leave your Christian Bible?
ANSWER: Well carbon fourteen dating has also been proven wrong by showing that living things have been dead for thousand years

STATEMENT OF IGNORANCE: How are we supposed to know if there is a God if we can't see Him?

What a joke!

November 6, 2010

The Butcher

Does anyone have the nerve to rock out, really rock out? Then turn it up!

The previously embedded "video" had crummy sound quality. Here is better sound (there is no official video). Lyrics are below.



This man came to me he was looking for action
Pulling a blade to my neck
He said, “Call me the butcher cause that's my trade
And you know that I’ve come to collect.”

I said "Hit me now

And we’ll see where it leads
Cut me out if you think I will bleed
Strike me down If you think you’re a man
Cause I know that you don't understand"

Because there is no weapon

There is no blade
You wonder why I’m not afraid?
There is no weapon
There is no blade
You’ll never kill Him that lives inside of me.

He looked into my eyes, all he saw was conviction

Dropping the blade to the earth
I said, “How could you think that I’d ever retreat?
You know that I’m already dead.”

I said "Hit me now

and we’ll see where it leads
Cut me out if you think I will bleed
Strike me down If you think you’re a man
Cause I know that you don't understand"

Because there is no weapon

There is no blade
You wonder why I’m not afraid?
There is no weapon
There is no blade
I’ve erased all of my fear of the grave

June 16, 2010

Bittersweet

Excuse me. I am very, very sad right now. Just found out that I lost a friend. Well, I considered Dana Key, the lead singer and guitarist of the Christian band DeGarmo and Key a kind of friend. Met him after concerts (and once before) about three times. Great show. (Greg Morrow was drumming for them, look for him on the credits of Van Zant's latest albums.) He's gone now, dead on June 6, 2010 at age 56 from a blood clot.

Some people say that people do not grow spiritually when they're into any kind of rock music. Well, Dana was another one that became a pastor. He was one of those people that you could see it in his eyes, felt like he was looking into me. Startling the first time it happened. These guys meant what they said, and had the courage to sing about Jesus. For that matter, I remember when they released a 2-for-1 deal — buy the tape, there is a second one inside the package for you to give to "an unsaved friend". That has always impressed me.

I came back to my faith a few weeks ago. Part of what brought me back was music by DeGarmo and Key. Back in 1978, I remember the guy at the Christian bookstore in Lansing, MI showing me the new album, "This Time Thru", by the then-unknown DeGarmo and Key. So, they've been important to me for 32 years, except when I had put my faith on the back burner. But they had retired from music just about that time, so I didn't miss out on many tunes. Even so, DeGarmo and Key and the band ministered to me (and many others).

When we meet again (this time, in the glory that he proclaimed), I'm going to ask how he did some of those guitar licks. When he wasn't doing the lighter pop music, he could fit in with the best of the secular rockers! The video below gives a sample of the skill of this direct descendant of Francis Scott Key.

Good write-up and touching comments here. Also see the tribute here. Addendum: My follow-up on June 6, 2011 is here.

It's more than a wish, more than a daydream
More than just a passing whim
Yes, I've said this all before
A thousand times or more
I don't want to waste my life in chains of sin

CHORUS:

I don't wanna be a casual Christian
I don't wanna live a lukewarm life
But I wanna light up the night
With an everlasting light
I don't wanna live a casual Christian life

This life is filled with strong distractions
With pulls from the left one from the right
I've already made up my mind
Gonna leave this world behind
Gonna live my life a living sacrifice.
— "Casual Christian"
Now see "Rock Solid":



You say, "Winners don't need a crutch,
Only losers could believe in such."
You don't need God, you don't need anything
You'll face life alone and take what the future will bring

Here's to all the losers that lose all guilt and sin
Here's to life in Jesus, where all of the losers win

You think I've missed what success can bring
I miss success like trees miss cold in spring
You think that all is far too much to give
That's what Jesus gave so that this loser could live

Here's to all the losers that lose all guilt and sin
Here's to life in Jesus, where all of the losers win
— "All the Losers Win"

May 17, 2010

Chasm

Please give me something, I'm so thirsty...
Luke 16.24



Luke 16.19-31
Don't be a fool, it doesn't have to be this way.
Revelation 22.17
Click here.

April 23, 2010

What is the Alternative — Really?

Buona sera. No, I'm not going to be serious on you. Just a bit of pondering that was too long for yesterday's grouping.

I like many kinds of music. My main choice is rock. There are so many sub-categories and styles, sometimes I wish people would take Billy Joel's remark to heart and say, "It's still rock and roll to me". Even so, I suppose some of the categories are useful. When I want to listen to Christian rock, I don't want to find my way through raunchy stuff until I get there.

One category that kind of grinds my gears is "alternative". Alternative to what? It's still rock, isn't it? Sure, there's a style difference from "mainstream" rock. But then, rock itself is supposed to be non-traditional and rebellious. Also, "alternative" is what the 1970s and 80s punk and New Wave evolved into. (Yes, I said "evolved". In this case, the term is valid.) But I have some news for you, Buttercup. The "classic rock" group The Beatles were doing "alternative" music before the term was even considered!

An even bigger gear-grinder for me is the synonym for "alternative", and that is "new music". Yeah. This genre, through its various incarnations, is thirty years old. It's not "new music" anymore. Stations like WRRV say that they are the "new rock alternative". Well...I hate to break it to you, but there are a heck of a lot of groups that have the same sound.

I put it to you that "alternative" is just another mainstream, and "new rock" is not new.

Not that any of this matters, I just wanted to spout off about it. Anybody else want to join in? While I'm waiting, I'm going to look for some music by Switchfoot.

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