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Christina Aguilera is a messenger of God

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NewSpring Worship Creative Arts Pastor Shane Duffey and Worship Leader Lee McDerment talked about their philosophy on using secular music in the worship service in an interview with Tony Morgan Monday.

The purpose of a worship service is that “the end result is salvation and repentence and that only comes by the hearing of the word … Everything else around that is preparation of and cultivation of people’s minds and hearts to receive Truth.

Whether it is a song written by Christina Aguilera or Chris Tomlin, it is our job to prepare people’s hearts … Hurt focused people’s minds in a very dynamic way … to prepare them to hear the truth. We will sing anything at any time that we believe will do that so salvation and repentence is a result — Shane Duffey

Here’s the song they’re referring to:

Lee followed up that thought with a critical caveat: Context is everything.

What that means is that the song clip I just shared isn’t really completed (and redeemed) until it’s framed by the word of God and pointed toward him.

Here’s the point for me: For too long, the church’s engagement toward culture has revolved around borrowing reference points and packaging. What we can and must do is add back the sacred dimension to whatever secular culture has emptied out and turned on its head.

That’s what makes the difference between a culturally engaged church that’s confronting culture and bringing people to salvation and repentence.

And just another hip church.



Written by NickCharalambous

February 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm

4 Responses

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  1. I completely agree with Lee. Ty Tabor of the band “Kings X” once stated there were Christian Bands and then there were band containing Christians. Two differing things, yet BOTH can be used to get the same message across.

    It seems logical that any song can be framed in that same context.

    I heard Perry Noble say the was no such thing as Christian music as such. He IS right you know.

    Ain’t it cool that the worlds tools can be used to deliver Gods message? Example NS band doing Hwy to Hell. Love it


    February 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm

  2. That was a beautiful performance of that song, and I really like the concept, but in this paticular case, i just wonder about some of the ideas that are presented in the song.

    “Sometimes I want to call you but I know you won’t be there.”

    “And I’ve hurt myself by hurting you.”

    Those are direct lines from the song that I think could create some confusion. I am not suggesting that the entire concept is bad, but I do think we have to be careful what “stuff” we bring into the context of faith so that we are not sending a double message.

    As Christians, I know and fully believe that it is our duty to not only be in the world, but to transform it by engaging it, but I think that while we are engaging culture, there are some very Biblical principles that we need to be careful to uphold.


    February 4, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    • Alex: I think that’s what I’m saying: We need to remake the context for the song so that it is Christian. If we aren’t careful then we’re just validating it, not re-framing it. Thanks for the chance to clarify


      February 5, 2009 at 12:14 am

  3. Ahhh, ok. I see your point now. Thanks for the clarification, I just didn’t want to misunderstand that and start qouting it all over the Internet 🙂


    February 5, 2009 at 12:22 am

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