Another one of my favorite bands, Switchfoot is still rockin’ hard. I had a chance to see them last year at the House of Blues in San Diego (this was probably my 5th or 6th time seeing them live). Anyway, they completely rocked the HOB (which had just recently upgraded their sound system). Something about the passion that they play with, the messages that they are conveying, the depth of their lyrics, and just the power and electricity that they create when playing live is almost unbelievable. Pay anything to go see them next time they are around – you won’t be disappointed.
Religious mysticism surrounds U2’s frontman, Bono. When I was growing up u2’s music and lyrics had a profound effect on my life, and they have become one of the most popular and successful rock bands in the world. So it is interesting to hear their lead singer and writer comment on his faith:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physicsÃ¢â‚¬â€in physical lawsÃ¢â‚¬â€every action is met by an equal or an opposite one. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the Universe. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m absolutely sure of it. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that Ã¢â‚¬ËœAs you reap, so will you sowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done a lot of stupid stuff. . . . IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. It doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t excuse my mistakes, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m holding out for Grace. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to depend on my own religiosity.Ã¢â‚¬Â
One of my long time personal favorite people is Louie Giglio. He used to teach at 722, a singles worship service at Northpoint Church in Atlanta. Now he heads up the Passion movement, and sixstep records (Chris Tomlin, Charlie Hall, David Crowder, Matt Redman). Quite the resumeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never heard of him or any of the above ministries, then you have some catching up to do. Every year for the past few years, Louie and company (the above worship leaders, along with Beth Moore and John Piper) have gathered tens of thousands of college students to Passion – a multiple day teaching and worship event that draws people from all corners of the USA. There they are exposed to deep and challenging theological teaching and top notch worship music, and challenged to Ã¢â‚¬Å“not waste their livesÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Anyway check out what Louie has to say about worship here – some really good stuff.