Music that Points Me to Jesus Even If It’s Not “Christian Music”

Good music points me to Jesus.  I mean really good music.  Not the auto-tuned, 1/8th beat crap that all sounds the same.  I’m talking about music that is well written, well melodied, and beautifully accompanied by a real instrument.  A timbered choir, if you can call it that.  A timbered choir always waters my affections for Jesus.

This type of music often reminds me of Isaiah’s description of God’s amazing creation.

“The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet.  They break forth into singing” (Isaiah 14:7).

Music doesn’t have to necessarily be “Christian music” for it to remind you of God’s great Creativity, character, and steadfast love.  He has, in his common grace, given everyone the ability to create.  And, man, do I ever love that about our God!

So, Christian, venture out into those unknown, murky, and “secular” musical waters from time-to-time.  Actually, do it daily.  I promise, you will not be disappointed.

Here are some artists I’m digging right now:

The Vespers.


William Fitzsimmons.

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.

Brandi Carlile.

Trent Dabbs.

Ivan & Alyosha.



MUSIC I LIKE: Today is Good Day Because…

…Mumford and Sons’ new album — Babel — was released today.  I now have something to listen to for the next two years of my life.  Amen.

Oh My Goodness, Several Awesome Things Dropped Today

1.  Lecrae’s new album — Gravity — dropped today and hit #1 OVERALL ON ITUNES.  That is HUUUUUUUUGE for a Christian artist.  Way to create culture!


2.  Jeff Bethke released his new spoken word video called Counterfeit Gods.  It is a lyrical puzzle of gospel-centered goodness.


3.  I released the new Reformational Manhood Campaign.  Okay, I know this last one is nowhere close to the level, at least in my opinion, of Lacrae and Bethke, but it still drops today.  Help me, like Lacrae and Bethke, continue to create gospel-centered culture amongst our generation.  We must challenge young men to step up and be men who love the gospel, defend it, stand for moral courage, lead, provide, protect, make good decisions for the benefit of others, clothe themselves in holiness, love the local church, and strive after being a one woman man for life.

MUSIC I LIKE: The Avett Brothers New Album

Those who know me also know that I am a huge fan of folk music.  There is a simple, yet intrinsic, element to folk music that creates a fanciful and laid-back environment, while also bringing a “deep connection” to the lyrics.  That is one reason that I love the Avett Brothers.

When I hear lyrics like…

If I get murdered in the city
Go read the letter in my desk
Don’t worry with all my belongings
But pay attention to the list

Make sure my daughter knows I loved her
Make sure her mother knows the same
Always remember, there is nothing worth sharing
Like the love that let us share our name


Love has been waiting, patient and kind.
Just wanting a phone call or some kind of sign,
That the one that she cares for, who’s out of his mind,
Will make it back safe to her arms.

Hate stumbles forward and leans in the door.
Weary head hung, eyes to the floor.
He says “Love, I’m sorry”, and she says, “What for?
I’m your and that’s it, Whatever.
I should not have been gone for so long.
I’m your’s and that’s it, forever.”

…then I really find myself attaching to the message in a positive, and possibly sometimes, a redemptive way.

Here is a great video of Seth and Scott Avett playing the new single from their forthcoming album Carpenter.


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FINALLY, the New Mumford & Sons!

Since 5am this morning, I have listened to their new single, I Will Wait, probably 10 times already.  I have already pre-ordered their second album — Babel — and I am eagerly waiting in anticipation like a little middle school girl before the start of a Justin Beiber concert for its release on September 24.



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MUSIC I LIKE: All Sons & Daughters — (All the Poor & Powerless)

Trip Lee Quote

Why I Listen to Reformed Christian Hip-Hop Music

When I was in high school all I listened to was rap music.  I wore big baggy clothes, Jordan kicks on my feet, and listened to the best from Jay-Z, Eminem, Tupac, and Cash Money Records.  Today, I don’t really listen to much mainstream rap music.  It’s not that I don’t still like rap; it’s because now that my mind and heart have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, I don’t really enjoy listening to the messages that mainstream rap bring.  There is a war, as Paul says, between my flesh and the Holy Spirit that lives inside of me.

You see, music is very vivid.  Music paints an emotion.  Music alters moods.  In a way, it talks to you.  It relates.  It gives you a way to… release.

And depending on the mood I find myself in, rap music still finds itself as part of my weekly, and sometimes daily, repertoire.  You will find me listening to rap music in my office, the car, the house, or on my head phones while I work on the yard.  But today, it’s not mainstream rap music.  It’s Christian rap music.

Some might say that Christian rap music is an oxymoron, much like the phrase, “Christian music,” when referring to quality.  I, on the other hand, have been blown away over the last couple of years with the quality of Christian rap music.  I’m talking Christ-centered lyrics that focus on good theology, quality in sound/production, with an aim to glorify God, the father, through a missional medium.

Maybe you’re like me in this.  Rap music has been your secret vice.  I am thankful to artists like Trip Lee, Flame, Lecrae, and Tedashi (just to name a few) who have taken something like rap music, marred by the sins of Adam, and have redeemed it by making it Christ-focused, seeking to reach, in my opinion, the most music-influenced generation that has ever existed.

I tip my hat.  And sometimes, I even secretly bob my head.


Chris Thile, Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan

So good!

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