Problematic Teaching from NCFIC Hip Hop Panelists

I just had my attention brought to problematic teachings made by members of the NCFIC panel I blogged about last week. Dan Horn has suggested that, in the antebellum period, slaves “were treated as part of a family.” He says so in this video. (UPDATE: link fixed.) This is highly problematic in historical terms. Many slaves were [Read More...]

Dr. Strange-Tunes: Or, How One Man Came to Love Christian Rap

This is a guest-post from Dr. Ryan Reeves, Assistant Dean at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Jacksonville Campus). He is also Assistant Professor of Historical Theology. His PhD is from the University of Cambridge and is centered in Reformation studies. Ryan is a friend of mine and reached out after the controverted NCFIC panel to publish the following. [Read More...]

Why I Love the Organic Christian Rap of Beautiful Eulogy (Free Download)

If you like good rap, original production, and biblically thick lyricism, you will enjoy Beautiful Eulogy. Based out of Portland, Oregon, and featuring Odd Thomas, Braille, and Courtland Urbano, BE–from the label Humble Beast Records–has established itself as one of the top Christian hip-hop groups. That could be read in the wrong way, I suppose. BE [Read More...]

New Beautiful Eulogy Rap Song: “Vital Lens”

From the video information: “We’re happy to share with you the first single from Beautiful Eulogy’s sophomore release, “Instruments of Mercy”. The new album is set to drop later this fall for free on HumbleBeast.com.” This is just amazing stuff: this group makes excellent music with theologically rich lyrics, and then they release it for free. [Read More...]

The Best Song of 2012 Is…a Rap Song!

I listen to a good amount of music. The best song I heard in 2012 was “Beautiful Eulogy” by the rap group of the same name (Beautiful Eulogy, just to make that abundantly clear). BE is based out of Portland, Oregon; in the oddness of life, I first listened to the song while walking on [Read More...]

The Two Hottest Songs from Lecrae’s “Gravity”

Yesterday, I noted that I just reviewed rapper Lecrae’s brand-new Gravity.  Today, I wanted to link to the two songs I consider fresh to the point of heat-seeking.  The first is “Falling Down,” produced by The Watchmen, which includes a Boyce College student named Alex Medina.  It’s a staggering beat, gothic and weighty, and Lecrae [Read More...]

One of the Most (Honestly) Uplifting Songs of 2012

http://youtu.be/78MXG7NEE2M I blogged last month about Portland, Oregon rap group Beautiful Eulogy, part of Humble Beast records.  Here’s my favorite song from their album, also titled “Beautiful Eulogy.”  Both verses are powerful; the second, by the rapper Braille, hits hard, because Braille is referencing the difficulties he’s experienced after his marriage fell apart due, it [Read More...]

The Soul and Symphonies of Hip Hop

Looking through the IVP catalog the other day, this title caught my eye: The Soul of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs, and a Cultural Theology (IVP, June 2010). Here’s the book’s description from Amazon: “What is Hip Hop? Hip hop speaks in a voice that is sometimes gruff, sometimes enraged, sometimes despairing, sometimes hopeful. Hip hop [Read More...]

The Link 3.20.09: Abortion Arguments, Troubled Political Families, and Dever on Multi-Site Churches

1. Vitamin Z has a great interview on a robust pro-life way of thinking and acting with Scott Klusendorf, author of a new and important book called The Case for Life (very highly recommended by Justin Taylor). Here’s a very moving quotation from the interview in which Klusendorf describes how he left malaise on this [Read More...]

Anyabwile on Hip Hop; Catholics on Life

Check out some great videos on interesting topics: 1. Desiring God talks with pastor Thabiti Anyabwile on Christian rap.  Great little interview that’s only a couple of minutes long but offers good perspective.  If you’re not familiar with Thabiti, you should be–he is an exceptional preacher and Christian leader. 2. The Catholic pro-life league has [Read More...]


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