Eventually, I hope to blog about Barack Obama’s slow move towards declaring his candidacy for president. Will he really do it? I’ll try to come back to that one when I have a little more time.
For now, I’d encourage you to check out two interesting articles. One, from RelevantMagazine.com, is by Chanel Graham, a friend of mine, whom I interviewed for my book. A Biola graduate, Chanel provided me with the info on the “racial awakening” that happened on that campus in 2005 (see Chapter 3). She has written a thought-provoking piece on pursuing cultural diversity in our worship styles. Is it really possible in today’s churches? Just a taste… She relates the story of a chapel leader at her college who, when told that some students desired a more diverse worship experience during chapel services (i.e., more than just white praise music, etc.), said: “What does it matter? They should be able to worship God no matter what the style. It’s not about them; it’s about Him.” On the one hand, he had a point. But on the other… How does one respond to such a statement? I think Chanel gives us some good stuff to ponder.
The second article is actually part-two of a four-part ChristianityToday.com series on Christian radio. In my book, I touch on some of the segregation that has happened in Contemporary Christian Music as a result of programming and marketing decisions (see Chapter 11). This article goes into depth regarding CCM’s target demographic, and how it ends up excluding talented artists–not just because of race but because of different musical styles in general. Check it out.