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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun."  Ecclesiastes 1:9

A periodical I have been reading for quite a while is ceasing publication.  That has been pretty common over the last couple of years.  This one is called "Context" and is put together by Martin Marty (a well known Lutheran theologian and historian).  As this publication is winding down he is going back in time a bit, reflecting on what was current once upon a time.

I share this, apropos of nothing, but of interest to me from December 15, 1970, "Turn up the volume for Context's first full-dress comment on the music of our age, rock.  Jesus Christ Superstar, the Decca record that may or may not be the record of the era, the decade, the year, or the month, ... some old folks thought, along with Vice President Agnew, that rock had to do only with drugs, etc. ......why bother religious leaders, the intended audience of this newsletter, with chatter about rock music?  Easy: Skip it and you skip the main form of expression for over half of America's audience; forget its impact and you will never reach the mentality of the majority .....while there is a movement away from the church by young people, creative people may be able to stimulate a new interest in religion through the kind of music that questions and stirs controversy .... the 'scandal' of rock just might turn out to be a more effective evangelism instrument during its moment under the sun...rock is now unavoidable ... it has to be studied as a religion, a surrogate for religion, a problem for religion, and certainly a new element of worship..."

Just found it interesting, hope you did too.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

Creator of all things, help us to see beauty where we might otherwise refuse, or be too busy to.  Guide us in our adventures and assure us again and again of the power of your presence.  Amen.
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