Jesus Music Is Different From Today’s Christian Music

Most people today have not heard any Jesus Music because it happened long before 2000 AD.

Blame it on the desire by so many programming today’s Christian radio and churches to be perceived as “relevant” but there is an unwritten rule not to feature any songs recorded last century during worship or on the radio. Many Jesus Music pioneers who are actively performing today get very little airplay and tend to draw small concert crowds. Yet when one hears Jesus Music, it is instantly recognized as a “Christian” song compared to some of today’s Christian Music.

Last week I was chatting on Facebook with Al Cox, who has just launched a new public group “CCM & Christian Rock of the 80’s & 90’s” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1713244062229156/) when he commented that at 42 years old, he never tires of the “classics”. “Neither do I” was my response when he said something that was so profound,

“Yeah, something about the music then that isn’t there now.”

Boom! Did that get me thinking. I’ve been listening to Christian Music since the mid-1960’s. I founded SnTRadio.com in part to curate all the Christian Music that I could get my hands on since the Jesus Movement and place it into an on-going and ever expand music archive online. My intention has been to educate and inspire future generations with an accurate musical timeline, which takes listeners all the way back to the roots. You can read through the majority of the hard-to-find Jesus Music portion of the archive while listening to SnT Radio here. Then Al added;

“Some of the stuff today including rock, really lyrically you can not tell if it is Christian or not. You knew it with, Dion, Dallas Holm, Carman, Petra, and others.”

Jesus Music artist Dion on the cover of his 1981 album, Only Jesus" is a side-view of his head and upper chest.

 

I think a couple of distinctions need to be made in order to fully understand the good, the bad and the ugly concerning the current state of Christian Music. First, in my opinion, there are only two distinct forms of Christian music being produced: one is strictly for commercial purposes (profit), and the second is for worship and edification of the church. All the major Christian labels are now subsidiaries of secular record companies like Sony and Capitol.

Vague lyrics or just the mention of Jesus in a pop song doesn’t make it “Christian” per se. On the other hand, Jesus spoke in many parables to effectively communicate the Gospel and describe the Kingdom of God. He did this so a mass audience would understand His teaching. Knowing when and how much to quote the Bible is as much a matter of discernment as is reducing God’s Word to a readable bumper sticker. Overkill never works well. It normally ends badly with the exact opposite of the desired outcome. Al the added,

“I saw a recent Christian rock title called “CoConut Dracula”. I don’t even think of horror things when I think of Christ. Yeah, that’s why I don’t listen to much new stuff.”

I fully get bands like Mute Math or Stryper, (Michael Sweet) or Switchfoot saying “we’re not a Christian band, but a band comprised of musicians who happen to be Christ-followers.” Even U2, one of the biggest bands in the world for the past 25 years started out playing sets dominate with Christian message songs for Christian youth rallies in Ireland until they elected to make a change in bass players who was not a professing Christian. Yet one of the highlights of every U2 performance is the song 40 (based on Psalm 40) that ends with thousands singing the chorus acapella as single spotlight tightly focuses on Bono’s crucifix that’s dangling from a microphone stand in the darken hall or stadium. In these days where non-Christlike activity (aka sin) is saturating the media, the Internet, and every aspect of society even a little light shines brightly.

The fact that a large segment of popular Christian Music is designed for radio with sales and profit as the driving force is not at all surprising because they have dividends to pay to their stakeholders. The key distinction is the primary motive for creating the music. One is for making money and profit. The other is to worship God on earth as it is in Heaven.

Modern worship from the likes of Hillsong, Bethel Music and IHOP-KC have all shared roots in common with the seminal worship & praise bodywork of Keith Green, Andrae Crouch, The Vineyard, Integrity and Maranatha Music from the Jesus Movement of the 70’s, The Vineyard and Integrity from the 80’s afterglow.

The influence of Morningstar Ministries musicians Don Potter and Leonard Jones combined with the teaching of Ray Hughes over the three decades have been a bridge from the old “worship & praise” to the now sound that is fueling the new uncompromised and spontaneous worship cherished by so many of the millennial generation. Giving glory to God and encountering the manifest presence of God is the driving motive behind the creation of this worship music. Pure, genuine, and authentic vertical lyrics that lead listeners into an atmosphere of Heavenly worship described in Revelation 4 and 5 is the goal.The songs and psalmists that break through into this lofty realm become the modern hymns churches sing with regularity.

My response to Al’s original statement was “I believe that it is a kind of anointing by the Spirit of God that was present during the Jesus Movement.” Even though there were “Christian” record labels back in the day the music was created in most cases to glorify God as a priority and make money if possible. It appeared that God honored and blessed it. When Christian Music became more of a business, Jesus Music faded somewhere along the way until a few went back to creating music in worship to God as in Heaven. So now you have the true spirit of the Jesus Movement sweeping through and stirring up a whole new community of worshippers to benefit the body of Christ. This is a real move of God and I’m expecting a revisitation upon this generation like we saw in the late 60’s and 70’s.

Written by James Kevin Burkhardt

A BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN 11/10/2011. HEAR THE ROBERT LIST ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12.

Our friend’s husband, Robert Keith crossed over from life as we know it and was born into eternal life in the early morning hours today. One of the best perspectives at a time like this is not to commemorate the day one dies, but rather celebrate their birthday into Heaven. This point of view is not my original idea but something I heard Jack Brickhouse, the famed Chicago broadcaster say and I have never forgotten it. That statement can be summed up in one word, HOPE. That is what we Christians called “the blessed hope.”

I have to be honest. As I am writing this blog, I am fighting the urge to preach. But I am compelled to say that the only hope has for receiving eternal life is by faith in the works of Jesus Christ. He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NIV  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms  in Christ  Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:6-9 NIV

These two scriptures  propose that eternal life, just as life as we know it, is really another gift from God. Our (life) works have absolutely nothing to do with it. The only work that matters is what Jesus accomplished by his life, death and resurrection. God’s grace sent Jesus to die for us so that we could receive the free gift of eternal life just by “having faith” that Jesus is all we need to go to heaven and by inference believing God and His holy word, the Bible.

This is the core message of the Christian faith. It is so simple and uncomplicated that even a child can understand it.

This is the message that fueled the Jesus Movement which began in 1967 – and the music from that era.  We know that Robert Keith embraced the message and the music.  See the Snt Radio Blog from September 3, 2011.  He turned 57 in earth time this past Monday. Today is is birthday in Heaven, where time has no place and there is no disease. In the truest sense, He is free!

As I mentioned in last week’s post, there is a cause on facebook where you can show some love. Robert is survived by his wife Harriet and her son, Gabriel. They are facing some big bills and both were laid off in September of this year. Please share a financial gift in Robert’s memory.

In Robert’s memory, we will be featuring the music from the Robert list on Saturday November 12, 2011

THE ROBERT LIST

1. Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? by Larry Norman

2. For the Sake of the Call by Steven Curtis Chapman

3. Strong Tower by Kutlass

4. More Power To Ya by Petra

5. Love Broke Thru by Phil Keaggy

6. Three Wooden Crosses by Randy Travis

7. Beyond Belief by Petra

8. Love Takes Time by Bryan Duncan

9. Ancient of Days by Bob Ayala

10. Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech

11. He Reigns by Newsboys

12. He’s Alive by Don Francisco

13. There Is A River by The Gaithers

14. Easter Song by 2nd Chapter of Acts

15. Shine by Newsboys

16. Grave Robber by Petra

17. Destined To Win by DeGarmo & Key

18.Awesome God by Rich Mullins

19. Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crown

SnT Radio.com will play  one song per hour from the above playlist beginning at 12am on Saturday, November 12, 2011.

Thanks for listening to SnT Radio.com. We love keeping this music alive and well. If you have any songs that you’d like to hear, send me an e-mail: songs@sntradio.com

Make sure that you check out the complete SnT Archive list on the SnT Radio.com website: http://www.sntradio.com                            Please Like SnT Radio.com on Facebook or  follow us on Twitter. We love connecting with you.

Blessings,

James Burkhardt, Founder

SnT Radio.com

The Robert List as streamed live Saturday September 3, 2011Noon to 1:20pm EST on SnT Radio.com

Here is the actual running order of songlist chosen by Robert Keith, who is in a hospice with stage 4 cancer. I know he enjoyed it and as of this post hundreds from all over the globe have read the Hello, Goodbye and We’ll Meet Again Robert blog post because of the internet. Thank you for sharing, praying, and continuing to pray for Robert and his family. I received word Sunday afternoon from Robert’s wife that she and her son were both laid off from their jobs this Labor Day weekend, so their burden has increased significantly. Many thanks in advance for your response to this “call to prayer”!!!!

THE ROBERT LIST

1. Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? by Larry Norman

2. For the Sake of the Call by Steven Curtis Chapman

3. Strong Tower by Kutlass

4. More Power To Ya by Petra

5. Love Broke Thru by Phil Keaggy

6. Three Wooden Crosses by Randy Travis

7. Beyond Belief by Petra

8. Love Takes Time by Bryan Duncan

9. Ancient of Days by Bob Ayala

10. Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech

11. He Reigns by Newsboys

12. He’s Alive by Don Francisco

13. There Is A River by The Gaithers

14. Easter Song by 2nd Chapter of Acts

15. Shine by Newsboys

16. Grave Robber by Petra

17. Destined To Win by DeGarmo & Key

18.Awesome God by Rich Mullins

19. Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crown

Blessings,
James Burkhardt
SnT Radio.com

Petra (Part Two) Songlist for Saturday August 27, 2011 plus Album Art

 

SnT Radio.com Petra (Part Two) SONGLIST

1. Creed from Beyond Belief

2. I Am On The Rock from Beyond Belief

3. Love from Beyond Belief

4. Prayer from Beyond Belief

5. Underground from Beyond Belief

6. Shakin’ the House from Back To The Street

7. Thankful Heart from Back To The Street

8. Whole World from Back To The Street

9. King’s Ransom from Back To The Street

10. Back To The Street from Back To The Street

11. Get On Your Knees and Fight Like A Man from This Means War

12. He Came, He Saw, He Conquered from This Means War

13. Don’t Let Your Heart Be Hardened from This Means War

14. I Am Available from This Means War

15. Enter In from No Doubt

16. Right Place from No Doubt

17. Sincerely Yours from No Doubt

18. No Doubt from No Doubt

19. We Exalt Thee from The Rock Cries Out

20. Salvation Belongs To Our God from The Rock Cries Out

21.We Hold Our Hearts Out To You from No Doubt

22. Seen and Not Heard from Beyond Belief

23. Let Everything That Hath Breath from Back To The Rock

SnT Radio.com will play one song approximately every hour from this list beginning at 12:00am EST Saturday, August 27, 2011.

Join us next week for the best of the Jesus Music era. What are your favorite songs? Cast your votes at our SnT Radio.com LIKE Page on Facebook or tweet us #SnTRadio on Twitter.

Tell your friends and refer them here www.sntradioblog.wordpress.com
to make a comment or share their personal post 1986 Petra memories.

Blessings,
James Burkhardt
SnT Radio.com

 

Petra (Part One) Songlist for Saturday August 20, 2011

As I scoured the vast SnT Archive for the best Petra songs, I made an executive decision. They have so many that Petra is the first band to warrant a two part, back-to-back weekend spotlight on SnT Radio.com.
Petra has a number of other more significant firsts. Like the first Christian Band to be enshrined in Hard Rock Cafe. Another from the year 2000 is being the first Christian Rock Band inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

The Part 1 dividing line is 1986, the end of the Greg Volz front man era. Next week we will pick up with John Schlitt and the Back To The Street album. Any comparisons to the Van Halen
saga are purely coincidental. But I digress. The very first time I saw Petra was in the summer of 1973 or ’74 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton IL and they were supposed to open for Mason Proffit.

Ok, I was there to see Mason Profitt but as a Christian, I was pleasantly surprised to have Terry Talbot step forward before the proceedings to announce the promoter had grossly misrepresented the event on
the radio and that he was there strictly as a soloist sans Mason Profitt. He’d become a Christian and that anyone who didn’t want to hear songs that night about Jesus could get a full refund at the box office.
About two dozen folks got up and left complaining loudly. Then he introduced Petra. The song I remember most from that night was “Backslidin’ Blues.” It was a 15 minute jam that really cooked.

Later on in my life I had the opportunity to interview Bob Hartman a couple of times for Creation House publications Christian Life (now Charisma) and Christian Retailing Magazine. When I find them, I’ll post them here.
Then in partnership with Harvest Productions, WCRM 103.9 FM, the Christian Music station I managed, helped to sell out many Petra concerts at the Odeum in Villa Park IL during the 1981 – 1986 Greg Volz era.

It was an exciting time and we saw the impact their music had on a generation of young believers living in the Chicago area. But it was the message in the music that was so incredibly fruitful. Lives were changed.
Many were saved and/or rededicated their lives to Christ at those Petra concerts. Such ministry was a top priority and it came across loud and clear. The Marshall amps helped too. LOL!

To listen just log on: http://www.sntradio.com

Here is the Petra Part 1 playlist, and a day early at that.

1. Chameleon from Never Say Die

2. God Gave Rock & Roll to You from Come and Join Us

3. Hollow Eyes from Captured in Time and Space

4. Grave Robber from Not of This World

5. Bema Seat from Not of This World

6. GodPleaser from Not of This World

7. Beat the System from Captured in Time and Space

8. Stand Up from More Power To Ya

9. More Power To Ya from More Power To Ya

10. Second Wind from More Power To Ya

11. Disciple from More Power To Ya

12. Angel of Light from Never Say Die

13. Witch Hunt from Beat the System

14. Voice In The Wind from Beat the System.

15. Backslidin’ Blues from Petra

16. Woman You Don’t Know from Come and Join Us

17. Without You Surely I Would Die from Come and Join Us

18. Why Should the Father Bother from Washes Whiter Than

19. For Annie from Never Say Die

20. Praise Ye The Lord from Never Say Die

21. Judas Kiss from More Power To Ya

22. Not of This World from Not of This World

23. Clean from Beat The System

24. Yahweh Love from Washes Whiter Than

SnT Radio.com will play one song approximately every hour from this list beginning at 12:00am EST Saturday, August 20, 2011.

Join us next week for Petra Part Two. Tell your friends and refer them here www.sntradioblog.wordpress.com
to make a comment or share their personal Petra memories.

Blessings,
James Burkhardt
SnT Radio.com

Petra Means Rock

This Saturday, August 20, 2011 SnT Radio.com will feature the music of Petra. To listen log on: http://www.sntradio.com

I hope these bring back some fond memories for you. Please tell your friends that I’ll publish the Petra songlist
Friday night about 9pm EST on this blog.

Remember Petra means rock.

Blessings,
James Burkhardt
SnT Radio.com