Tuesday, August 31, 2004

emotionally violent worship

an electric guitar played well – that is pure and discordant – is an instrument of emotional violence.

so much of church music is soft and schmaltzy. to hear an electric guitar solo on Sunday evening, in the midst of a worship song, was a superb reminder of the emotionally discordant violence that is the death and resurrection of Christ.

and loud, so loud, the electic guitar solo must be played, if we really do believe that this event changed human history.

all that we are; responding to all that God is.

Posted by steve at 09:29 AM


  1. Almost as emotionally violent as worshiping God on the field of battle in the form of Rugby League? Was there some emotional violence vented on the Guitar in response to the frustration of defeat earlier that afternoon?

    Comment by Jas — August 31, 2004 @ 12:55 pm

  2. I totally agree Steve.

    There is a lot in this world that I’m sure tears God’s heart in pieces, and yet very few songs we sing in church acknowledge that already but not yet aspect of redemption, that sense of incompleteness and longing for the return of Christ to make all things new because there is so much injustice in this world.

    I really like Sevendust, they are a band with a lot of “emotionally discordant violence”.

    Also, the live versions of “Consuming Fire” and “Thief” by Third Day on the ‘Offerings’ album.

    Comment by Paul — August 31, 2004 @ 10:22 pm

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