Thinking Out Loud

April 16, 2017

Songs for Easter Sunday Morning

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 6:57 am

Today is the 8th of eight consecutive days that subscribers to Thinking Out Loud are getting a 5:30 PM bonus item in addition to the usual morning article. We’ve been highlighting some of the great songs that are focused on the cross and the resurrection of Jesus.

Christianity is a singing faith. The scriptures provide a solid libretto, but most songs go beyond a straight reiteration of Bible passages and include an artistic rendering of a particular narrative or a story of personal testimony in a changed life.

Of all those songs however, I’d like to go out on a limb and suggest that the very best of these are the ones we use in the Communion Service (Eucharist) or on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Jesus on the cross is simply a theme that even the worst songwriter making a reasonable attempt is bound to end up with something vital. Fortunately, most go beyond that standard.

Furthermore, this is proved true regardless of whether or not your church sings classic hymns or modern choruses.

This morning, I want to add to what’s already been posted a few more songs that are a little more personal to me. These are more Good Friday than “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” so perhaps I might have done this a few days ago. I’ll remember that for next year.

The first one is by my wife. She had put this version of it together with the video, but we discovered last night it had never been posted.

Next is a song I found on an album by Christian heavy metal band, Scarlet Red. No, it’s not heavy metal. It’s also one of the first songs my wife and I performed together in what would be our primary church home for the next 28 years. This is the original version.

The next one is by David Wesley whose music has over 8 million YouTube views and who we are privileged to know personally. This is a cover of a Jars of Clay song. (Song ends at 5:05)

Okay, I had to end with one more up-tempo song. It is Easter Sunday after all. This is a song that was written at North Point Community Church, which is the church I visit via the internet every Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM EST, something I’ve been doing for the better part of the last decade. At the resurrection, death was arrested in its tracks.

…we’ll get back to regular programming at Thinking Out Loud on Monday morning…

March 31, 2013

How Could You Say No

Filed under: evangelism, Jesus, music — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:24 am

I’m not sure how Reformers feel about this song in light of irresistible grace — the “I” of TULIP — but it’s always been one of my favorite songs for this time of year. I posted a cover version of it here two years ago, but discovered this week that the original version, performed by Julie Miller, is now available online.

Thorns on his head spear in his side
Yet it was a heartache that made him cry
He gave his life so you would understand
Is there any way you could say no to this man?

If Christ himself were standing here
Face full of glory and eyes full of tears
And he held out his arms and his nail printed hands
Is there any way you could say no to this man?

How could you look in his tear stained eyes
knowing it’s you he’s thinking of?
Could you tell him you’re not ready to give him your life
Could you say you don’t think you need his love?

Jesus is here with his arms open wide
You can see him with your heart

If you’ll stop looking with your eyes
He’s left it up to you,
He’s done all that he can
Is there any way you could say no to this man?

How could you look in his tear stained eyes
Knowing it’s you he’s thinking of?
Could you tell him you’re not ready to give him your life?
Could you say you don’t think you need his love?

Thorns on his head, your life in on his hands
Is there any way you could say no to this man?
Is there any way you could say no to this man?

words by Mickey Cates

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