>I’ve been reading a fantastic (depressing at times, but always insightful) book by Stephen Nichols Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to the Passion of the Christ. Expect a full review in a day or two, but chapter five ‘Jesus on Vinyl’ is a devastating critique of the Christology of the Contemporary Christian Music industry, including contemporary worship. Nichols, along with many others including musicians, bemoan the ‘Jesus is my boyfriend/girlfriend genre’. For example, consider these lines: “Your fragrance is intoxicating in our secret place.” I won’t name the culprits who penned that awful song, but Nichols comments, “IN non-Christian songs these lyrics would be taken directly as a double-entendre”. Yep.
Anyway, the chapter left me wanting a good old hymn with profoundly theological lyrics. I give you Toplady’s classic ‘Rock of Ages’ reworked by David Crowder.