Keith Green. His music was the soundtrack of my early Christian walk. His lyrics inspired me not only to follow Christ more faithfully, but to go into pastoral ministry. And that was AFTER his tragic death. Most people who have been walking with Christ 20+ years nod their heads in agreement when his name and christian music are mentioned in the same sentence. He was such a tremendous blessing to the body. I don’t know anyone in the CCM scene that even remotely comes close to him.
I recently came across an album of his (while slumming at The Goodwill!) I bought the album called “So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt…”, because it reminded me of the stark difference between today’s Christian Music business that is all about profits, and not quality lyrics, and Keith Green. I have uploaded a picture of the album cover. You will find it at the bottom of this post. I have also included a live video of Keith singing “Your Love Broke Through.” Notice the words on the bottom right… Read the rest of this entry
I was a young Christian, and had just arrived at my second visit to what we called “Mini-church.” It was a home-group, but back in those days, they were very uncommon and this one had 40 people in it.
During my first visit, someone found out I played guitar. Ten minutes before the start of this second meeting, one of my new-found friends approached me with the con: “Jim, our normal guitar player is not going to be here on time, would you mind playing guitar during worship tonight?” Yeah, I would mind , I thought. I don’t know any of the songs, and I don’t have a guitar. Practically reading my mind, he told me that the regular guitar player had “just happened” to leave his guitar at the house we were meeting in and I could use his. Without waiting for my answer, Mike handed me the guitar and pointed me to the back room where the singers and the flute player were running through the songs. I was trapped with no means of escape.
How did it go? In my opinion, it was a horrible train wreck. I did not know any of the songs, and the charts were absolutely no help! So I winged it. Everybody could tell! When the meeting was over, Cathy (the flute player) asked me if I would like to be the regular guitar player. Now I ask, does that seem like a set up to you?
For some reason, I still don’t know why, I said yes! That is how I got started leading worship. Twenty-four years later I have led worship all over the world… Read the rest of this entry