Posts Tagged "Christian Music"

Jesus Loves Me – Behind the Music

In the following post from Ed Hird’s blog, he looks at the history behind one of the most famous children’s hymns of all time.

http://edhird.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/jesus-loves-me-this-i-know/

I enjoyed reading it so much, and learning about the history of this simple song, that I thought I would post it here on Dad in the Middle.  While I was doing some online research for this article (thinking I might be able to expand on Mr. Hird’s article) I found two things.  #1 – There was not a lot of additional information about the song (kudos to Mr. hird for being thorough), and #2 – I found an amazing story about this song, a child and her father.  I wish I still had the link, and I am sure I will butcher this paraphrase, but here was story:

One day, a little girl went to see her father to ask him some questions for a class project.  She asked him what he thought great astronomers might say to people when they were asked about astronomy.  He answered “twinkle, twinkle little star.”  She asked him a similar question about what great theologians might say when asked about God.  He responded, “Jesus Loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.”

I think that story reosnated with me because its profound truth.  In a simple kids’ hymn that has been sung millions of times in churches all over the world are some of the greatest theological truths of all time.  Jesus Love Me, this I know for the Bible tells me so.  Jesus loves me.  God is love (1 John 4:16) and we love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).  God so loved the world that he came to earth took on human flesh and died on the cross for our sins (John 3:16).  And, God doesn’t just love us collectively, he loves me individually and went to extreme measures to prove it (John 15:13).   And, how do we know all of this, because the Bible tells us so (John 20:30-31).  God’s word endures forever (Psalm 19:19) and every word of it is true (2 Timothy 3:16).  Now, that’s a lot of theology packed into one line of a children’s hymn!

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American Idol – I Like it When the Good Guys Win!

No disrespect intended to Adam Lambert, but I was delighted this past Wednesday when Kris Allen won American Idol.  I know there is a lot of controversy within Christian circles even over the name of the show, but I think it’s proof that God can work through whatever means he wants to share the good news of Christ.

I saw another blog post with the following video of Kris Allen worshiping God with the song “God of this City.”  It’s a great song, and I love this rendition.  I’m sure he’s bound contractually to American Idol for a while after winning the how, but I hope at some point he puts out a worship album.  As Christians, we should pray that God will work through Kris to reach younger American’s who overwhelmingly reject the Christian religion.  Enjoy!

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The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats

Over at Russell Moore’s blog this past weekend, he posted an article entitled Andrew Peterson’s “The Good Confession.” The article is about the impact that the song had on Dr. Moore while he was on vacation.  I am always interested in finding new artists, so I opened Itunes and looked him up.  I enjoy his music and downloaded several of his CDs, but there was one song from his Christmas CD that really struck me a fun, so I thought I would share it with you.

The name of the song is The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats.  The song cleverly recounts the genealogy of Christ from the gospel of Matthew.  Here are the lyrics:

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