Monday, June 17, 2013

Power Ballads or Hymns?

Glad to see the American Spectator comment on a controversy in Christian worship. The article is long on what's wrong but short on what's right. But that's ok; that's our job. 

When the power ballad fell out of fashion, it found a home among the “praise bands” of “Christian Rock.” Where power ballads go, praise bands follow. That unabashedly Christian lyrics can be heard on FM radio is a good thing, but that power ballads also enabled praise bands to displace so many church choirs ought to give us pause. Power ballads are not hymns. That is precisely the problem with singing them during church services, even — perhaps especially — services aimed at younger people.

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