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Ear-reverent (Satire)

13 Oct

After testing their volume level on a hand-picked group of consumers, the praise band at Elevation Station (formerly 2nd Baptist Mennonite Reformed Bible Church of the Puritan Brotherhood before converting to Emergent) felt they had it just right. Afterall, loud is the new spiritual…

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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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8 responses to “Ear-reverent (Satire)

  1. Simon

    October 14, 2011 at 8:43 am

    As long as they play loud on my deaf side, then I am OK:) Menonites you say? Have nothing to compare them to in Africa. Not that I know about anyway.

    Aut insanit homo, aut versus facit -

     
  2. SusanC

    October 17, 2011 at 4:51 am

    WHAT? I can’t hear you..the church 3 blocks down had the band going today and I think I am deaf in one ear…

     
    • Truthinator

      October 17, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      Yikes! Wear your ear plugs… When I used to play guitar in a band, we used the joke, “If you can’t play well then play loudly”. How are things going for you? Thanks for commenting.

       
      • SusanC

        October 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

        LOL..I’ve heard that..things are going wonderfully thank you..I loved this one..When I was learning to play guitar I tried to play quietly so no one would hear me goof up..lol

         
  3. Simon

    October 17, 2011 at 8:09 am

    The youth were leading the service yesterday, they got a bit loud too, maybe I am just getting old:)
    I really dont like it when they put new tunes to old Hymns its just wrong…dont you think?

     
  4. Truthinator

    October 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    New tunes put to old hymns… now that is a great question. I think about it like this. Does a modern arrangement of a great old song enhance the message of the lyrics or distract from the message. If this is indeed the correct question to ask, then the answer becomes much easier. I have heard old songs rearranged with both outcomes. I find the former to be quite peasant and the later to be extremely frustrating.

    The HUGE difference that I see between the modern P&W songs and the hymns of old is the lack of content of the lyrics. This does not apply to all new songs but it does to many. Listen to Christian radio in America and you will hear less and less songs with great and accurate content about God and His majesty.

    What you increasingly hear, is rhythym-based rock & roll songs. Some songs are so style oriented tthat the lyrics cannot even be easily understood.

    I recently heard a sermon clip where a post-modern preacher said the contemporary songs of the 1980s were lame and the current ones are great. I beg to differ. The contemporary music of the 80s was much more reverent than much of the new stuff. It was not quite as ear-friendly since it focused more on expressing a message full of content. New songs of today express a catchy rhythym.

    Thoughts? What are things like in S Africa? Thanks and peace.

     
  5. Simon

    October 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

    You know when you think of South Africa, you have to think of us as a “mini United states” we do everyhting the States do, just slower, It seems like some folks who do not have an clue about theology on any level, will absolutely murder a good song wiht a bad tune. And then you must remember that we have 11 official languages. Our National Anthem is in Zulu which is an indigenous african language, , our anthem is actually a hymn…” Nkosi Sikilele Africa” – God Bless Africa. Still dont know it. My daughter of 7 can sing it fluently.
    So we get the Afrcian drums included in the service as well, ( just to rouse the ancestors) but fortunately not in our church. We are Independant baptist. So there is a bit more freedom to experiment wiht the music. But I have to agree, the older songs of the 70’s and 80’s had more content. The modern music, does not really say anyhting. I must add however that some of the more traditional african songwriters have a deeper take on life. But some just try to be another Michael Jackson.
    We had Bono from U2 here not to long ago (not at church) he seems to like coming to Africa quite often. So does Oprah for that matter.
    But I lose track of the new artists even in my language culture setup ( which is Afrikaans) most of the music and lyrics border on the ridiculous. I dont think mixing the old hymns with new tunes is really such a good idea. It really does the content of the Hymns no justice.

    Blessings:) and have a good day.
    Simon

     
  6. T Dunbar

    August 26, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Bless their little old eardrums right out of their heads! Then they can all line up and git slayed in the spir’t and git heel’d, and sit down and git ‘em blessed out agin. ;)

     

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