By Jay R. Howard
Apostles of Rock is the 1st target, accomplished exam of the modern Christian song phenomenon. a few see CCM performers as ministers or musical missionaries, whereas others outline them as entertainers or artists. This renowned musical circulation in actual fact inspires various responses in regards to the courting among Christ and tradition. The ensuing tensions have splintered the style and given upward thrust to false impression, clash, and an obsessive specialise in self-examination. As Christian stars Amy provide, Michael W. Smith, DC speak, and Sixpence None the Richer climb the mainstream charts, Jay Howard and John Streck speak about CCM as a big flow and convey how this musical style pertains to a bigger pop culture. They map the area of CCM through bringing jointly the views of the folk who practice, examine, industry, and hear this track. by means of analyzing CCM lyrics, interviews, performances, sites, and chat rooms, Howard and Streck discover the spiritual and aesthetic tensions in the CCM neighborhood. finally, the clash headquartered round Christian song displays the trendy non secular community's realizing of evangelicalism and the community's complicated dating with American pop culture.
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58 In Routley's view, the artificial nature of pop music defeats the goal of "rational" worship and, rather than pro- Origins and Oppositions 37 clueing a spirit ofw~rship, produces a trance-like state. 59 The argument is undoubtedly similar to the moralist position taken by Larson and others who condemn Christian rock as inherently commercial-a form of entertainment-and thus inappropriate for facilitating worship. 60 At the same time, however, there are differences. While both are concerned with the form of the music and its effect, the basis for this concern is different.
65 In Bob Larson's words, Christian rock distorts the gospel by "trying to show how groovy it is to be a Christian. " 66 By focusing on the ambiguous ideals oflove, peace, and philosophical humanism, it neglects to emphasize the sinfulness ofhumanity and the need for salvation. 67 Speaking of the evangelical church's use of the arts in general, Francis Schaeffer levels the charge that "all we have produced is a very romantic Sunday School art. " 68 Significantly, one does not have to look very hard to find many within the Christian music industry itself who agree with these charges.
It hurts and discourages us, and it damages the potential ministry opportunities of our albums. 75 Responding to these complaints, the editors of the magazine suggested that "before any of us can make any sense of this ... we must define certain terms. " 76 The editors concluded, "we think not": "For some artists ... music is their ministry and it is designated to lead the body of Christ in worship. Others, however, say that they simultaneously minister and provide an entertainment alternative for Christians.