Thursday’s Random Thoughts

1. Did I mention that in 5 months and 24 days, I’ll see Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in concert? It will be more than 3 years since we were together.

2. One of the things that convinces me of the Bible’s truthfulness is my inability to grasp parts of it. Often it doesn’t sit well with my opinions. And sometimes I just don’t get it. This would have to be the case if it were God’s word.

3. There are two things Christians are getting wrong in politics. And they’ve been doing this for a long time. They are consumed with fear. And they cannot seem to talk about the people involved with love.

4. I cannot remember the last time I had pizza. It’s like we’ve grown apart. 

5. I’m still thinking about that video with Bono and and Eugene Peterson talking about the Psalms. And I still agree without reservation. While there is some Christian music we can call honest, not a lot of it is. Which was Bono’s point. U2 is a stadium band. The kind of band with big sounds fitting well with what they sing about. Most of the names people are throwing around as a rebuttal to Bono’s statements are singer-songwriter types. All the bands with big sounds have traded in great songs for plastic anthems with knock off U2 or Coldplay riffs, in a bid to cash in on the worship music movement. I think Bono is right, without reservation.

6. “All the projects.” – teachers

7. As much as I enjoyed my son’s baseball season, it’s been nice to come home from work and go nowhere and eat together as a family. 

8. I don’t mind working in the yard this time of year. But in August, when the humidity makes the air soupy, I’ll once again want to punch Adam in the throat before he eats that fruit.

9. I check my wife out when she walks across the kitchen.

10. Back to the conversation between Bono and Peterson on the Psalms and Christian. Back on October 12th, 2013, my best friend, Sean and I accidentally saw Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in concert at a small festival here in Birmingham. We were both blown away. Changed. I remember walking away and thinking, “That sounds like all I’ve been feeling and dealing with.” The death of my dad. Financial hardship. Misery at work. All that but still knowing there is something bigger than myself. It was a powerful thing and dare I say, life-changing? Before I got home from the show I wrote, “it was like every raw nerve being plucked by the holy God who flung it all into being.” I still stand by that. I don’t know any Christian music that sounds like that.

6 thoughts on “Thursday’s Random Thoughts

  1. dmack May 13, 2016 / 7:55 am

    Can’t say I agree with you on Bono’s comments, Matt. What about mutemath? Switchfoot? Colony House? You can’t start qualifying whether it’s singer/songwriter either… he was talking about music in general. There are tons of examples of honest, tell the truth Christian artists out there… they’re just not mainstream.

  2. mattbredmond May 14, 2016 / 6:42 am

    Well, Bono’s point was there is not “a lot “out there that is honest. He didn’t say there aren’t any. Those above are great and would I agree with those. But most every blog post I’ve read as a rebuttal has been about singer-songwriter types, most of them I really like.

  3. David May 14, 2016 / 9:49 am

    The problem is Bono’s right, and a lot of the good ones are exceptions to the rule. Even then Mutemath sued so they wouldn’t get associated with Christian Music.

    Then again, that’s a problem Rich Mullins pointed out 20 years ago — no one allows breakup songs on CCM Radio. The Christian Music bubble has gotten only more whitewashed since then. If it ain’t worship, it’s pretty much been kicked to the curb by this point.

  4. Josh The Baptist May 17, 2016 / 10:44 am

    A – Bono’s obviously right. There is not even an argument to be made. Mutemath, Switchfoot, and Colony House don’t get played on Christian radio. They are no different than U2. Christians making “secular” music. (I don’t believe in the disctintions, but that is the crux of the conversation.)

    B – Matt, have you ever listened to John Mark Mcmillan? Give his Borderlands album a try. It is good art. I usually like the same stuff you talk about here, so I think you might like him.

    • mattbredmond May 18, 2016 / 7:44 am

      Yeah, I think I may have that album. What I’ve heard, I’ve liked.

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