One man’s journey away from contemporary Christian music.

imageHere is the opening excerpt from a recent article by Dan Cogan:

I have been what many would call a “worship leader” for close to two decades. When I first became involved in “worship ministry” in an Assemblies of God youth group we sang such songs as The Name of the Lord Is a Strong Tower, As the Deer, Lord I Lift Your Name on High, and others of the era of the 1980s and 90s. Ours was considered a stylistically progressive church since we used almost exclusively contemporary songs.

This meant that if I were to visit a “traditional” church, not only would I be unfamiliar with the hymns, I would also likely cringe when they sang them and in my heart ridicule them (the people rather than the songs) as being old-fashioned.

It was during these formative years in my experience as a worship leader that I began to introduce even more contemporary songs to our youth group. It was then that I discovered artists like Delirious, Darrel Evans, Matt Redman, and Vineyard Music with their songs Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble, Trading My Sorrows, Heart of Worship, and Hungry.

As a young musician who desired to honor Christ, I found these songs to be particularly compelling. I felt different when we sang them. The way Nirvana gave voice to the angst of Generation X, bands like Delirious were giving voice to a generation of young Christians who didn’t feel they could relate to the songs of their parents and grandparents.

Over the years when I would occasionally hear a hymn, the language was always strikingly foreign, with Ebenezers and bulwarks, diadems and fetters. Which only served to confirm my bias that hymns were simply out-of-date. They had served their purpose. They had run their course.

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3 thoughts on “One man’s journey away from contemporary Christian music.

  1. Pingback: One man’s journey away from contemporary Christian music. | God's Enduring Love

  2. I see CCM as more like spiritual “milk” music and Hymns more as spiritual “meat” music. Unfortunately, we have the same problem today that Paul had with churches, people like to keep eating the milk but never advance to meat. I dont despise CCM like some people do today, i think some of them are pretty good, but few of them have theological depth. My own church choir sometimes sings songs and i say to myself “wait a minute” that’s not theologically accurate, i share these observations with people and they look at me funny. Most people just like to “experience” rather than “think”.

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  3. Thanks for this. As a young Christian, I could relate to this post. I was saved in 1992 at an Assemblies of God church. We too sang these same songs. I, however, loved the hymns and loved to worship with others who sang the old songs of Zion. I’m in my 40s now and appreciate my early days but find I’m singing hymns more now than ever before.

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