Revelation: A Rock Opera

Have you heard about Mike Doughty’s rock opera based on the Book of Revelation? I love this sort of thing. Others have alluded to Revelation (see “Supper’s Ready” by Genesis, for instance), but to my knowledge this is the first complete rock opera setting of the book. And interestingly it begins with John 1:1 and a [Read More…]

A Service of Sacred Music and Rock Prayers

The service yesterday, featuring rock music, went well, I thought. It was recorded, and so I thought I would share it for those who may be interested, in particular those who wished they could have been there but were unable to. My notes and an outline of the service follow below the videos. Order of Service [Read More…]

A Service of “Sacred” Music/Rock Prayers

I’m not sure what to call the service that we’ve put together for next Sunday at Crooked Creek Baptist Church. But the service will feature a lot of music that we’ve never performed in church before, as well as several songs that we have included at least once. We’ll start with “O Sacred Head Now [Read More…]

Rock Prayers

I’ve floated the idea of doing a service of rock and roll prayers at my church. Here are the songs that I think would work for it. Can you suggest others? U2, “40” Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes” Mr. Mister, “Kyrie” Styx, “Show Me The Way” Foreigner, “I Want to Know What Love Is” Mike [Read More…]

Who’s On First (Rock and Roll Edition)

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LOST Rewatch: The Moth

Religion features prominently from early on in this episode. It is implicit when Jack and Kate talk about the possibility of rescue, Jack saying he wishes he shared Kate’s faith. But it is explicit as Charlie goes to confession, indicating that he had yielded to sexual temptation, and deciding that he needs to quit the [Read More…]

AD/BC

A rock opera about the nativity. Click the videos below to watch it on YouTube. [Read more…]

Genesis: The Cinema Show

Recently brainstorming with colleagues, I mentioned to one who teaches Classics that there are references to classical literature in really old Genesis lyrics, such as “The Cinema Show.” And since it also contains one of my favorite keyboard solos to play at the end, here it is. And if, like my colleague, you are a [Read More…]

Grace

I mentioned previously that, challenged with coming up with a list of the core beliefs of my church, the members basically only agreed on one word: grace. And so I am grateful to Dănuţ Mănăstireanu for drawing my attention to the fact that U2 have a song with the title “Grace,” which I’ve shared above. [Read more…]

Joseph, Who Understood

This is a rather distinctive Christmas song by the band The New Pornographers (HT Anthony LeDonne). Here are the lyrics:   Joseph, Who Understood   Rumors are flying All over Galilee these days And Mary, I’m trying To be cool When my friends walk by them They cannot look at me In the eye Baby, [Read More…]


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