Since I’m in the process of moving, I haven’t been able to give my reading and reflection the time it deserves. My review of Jamie Smith’s “Desiring the Kingdom” is forthcoming, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share an excerpt from it. For more of a discussion on “mushy worship music” visit http://michaelkrahn.com/blog/2009/10/20/genre-jesus-is-my-girlfriend-hillsong-u-and-kutless-fans-please-read/#comment-3347
“While we might be rightly critical of the self-centered grammar of such choruses (which, when parsed, often turn out to be more about “me” than God, and “I” more than us), I don’t think we should so quickly write off their “romantic” or even “erotic” elements (the Song of Songs comes to mind in this context). This, too, is a testimony to why and how so many are deeply moved in worship by such singing. While this can slide into an emotionalism and a certain kind of domestication of God’s transcendence, there remains a kernel of “fittingness” about such worship. While opening such doors is dangerous, I’m not sure that the primary goal of worship or discipleship is safety…[Such a view] suffers from a “quasi-rationalism that sneers at such erotic elements in worship and is concerned to keep worship “safe”. From James K.A. Smith “Desiring the Kingdom”.