Trying to be “contemporary,” as in contemporary worship, requires hitting a moving target, since, by definition, what is up to the minute changes every minute. This is especially true when it comes to pop culture, which depends for its commercial success on spinning out fashions that rapidly go in and out of style. And what is “out” becomes looked down upon even more than it was considered cool a few months ago. (In contrast, what is “classic” never goes out of style.)
So what are churches that want to feature contemporary music supposed to do? Michelle Boorstein of The Washington Post writes about a congregation that has gotten rid of its praise band and brought in a DJ. Read about it after the jump, but here is the killer quote:
And to people younger than 30, the drums and electric guitars of the contemporary rock that dominates much of American Christianity are not only not edgy, “but for them, it’s like singing hymns,” [DJ Hans] Daniels said. “Why does the music you worship to and jam out to have to be completely separate?”
How would you answer that question?
And let’s test the premise: Those of you who go to dance clubs, do you really want that same kind of music in church? Wouldn’t you find that embarrassing? [Read more...]