In Rainbows

A few days ago, I posted a lament on the lack of good, quality, well-made, Christian music and the response has been fantastic. In addition to getting tons of recommendations for new bands to check out, I was also contacted by the manager for a Christian band called “Lovelite”. The band is recording its first studio LP and they are very excited. Ricky Stewart(the manager) emailed me the band’s demo EP and I will be posting a more in-depth review very soon. In the meantime, check out the band site at http://www.lovelitemusic.com; you can read bio’s and listen to samples of their music. This is a “Christian” band in that they write songs which are meant to praise God, lift up believers, and reach out to non-Christians. But, they don’t fall into the typical trap of the “Christian Music” genre. They are, in fact, very talented musicians. They are very tight, musically speaking. Great melody and harmony. Give em a listen, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

However, the main purpose for this post is to hype the new Radiohead album, “In Rainbows”. I have never been a Radiohead fan… that is to say, I don’t know that I have ever been exposed to Radiohead before. I know very little about the band, but I can say without hesitation, “I’m hooked.” I have been listening to this album ALL DAY due to the “digital” release. The English rock band has posted a .zip file on the album website, appropriately inrainbows.com , which allows fans to download DRM-FREE MP3 FILES of the albums tracks for the reasonable price of, whatever you feel like giving!

edit: at this time (5pm PDT, on 10 October 2007) the website has been locked down and you can no longer access it without a login name and password

As a first-timer with Radiohead, I have nothing to compare it to, but this music is AWESOME.  You can be sure I will be going back and checking out the band’s earlier work.  I imagine this CD will be in my player (who am I kidding, the mp3’s will be on my PSP) for quite a while.

Check back for more on Lovelite, soon!

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Matty

Serve my Enemies?

The Bible Blogger wrote a piece today about an image that is making it’s way around the internet. The image depicts Jesus kneeling before several people and washing their feet, including Osama bin Laden, George W. Bush, and others.

The bible blogger questions the validity of this depiction, asking, “Would Jesus Wash Hilary Clinton’s Feet?” (The woman seated in the foreground is said to be Hillary Clinton… I think it looks more like Madeline Albright…) He quotes Romans 12:20 and then makes this profound assertion:

As a Christian, we have no choice but to believe our Savior would do that exact thing because He commands us to do it. The problem is that way too many Christians equate showing compassion on your “enemy” with giving into someone else’s beliefs or not standing up for Christ because you’re afraid of offending them.

As a counterpoint, this guy views the same poster/image and makes the following statement:

I guess the point is to show just how forgiving and loving Jesus is. He’s so loving the he’ll even wash Osama bin Laden’s feet!

Sorry, I aint that kind of Christian. My Jesus would use nunchucks on Osama bin Laden. Or maybe rip his still beating heart out, Temple of Doom style.

Quite a difference! The same Jesus? Which blogger is right? Which blogger is wrong?

My feelings run along with “The Bible Blogger” to the extent that forgiveness is our “prime directive” as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“What Would Jesus Do?” if face to face with bin Laden? I have no idea…. what do you think?

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