Posts Tagged ‘Christian’

Now for me to continue and finish my short, two-part series on rap.

As a Christian, I have a hard time listening to a lot of what’s out there as far as the rap/hip-hop music scene goes. Musically, there’s a lot of good stuff out there, but even if the music is good, I simply do not enjoy listening to a song about sex, or a song that completely objectifies women. Solution? Christian rap. Even as Christian music as a whole is still recovering from 90’s and 00’s CCM, Christian rap is making a name for itself, not only because the music itself is good, but also because the lyrics are down to earth, and understandable to Christians and non-Christians alike.

In order to prevent myself from biased generalization, please understand that no genre can be fully described as a whole. Not all Christian rap is as I just described it; there is a whole lot of Christian rap with terribly composed music and painfully unrelatable lyrics. But I’d like to introduce you to two artists who do indeed fit well into my claim that I made above.

These artists are Lecrae and Trip Lee. Many of you may know about them already. They have both been making music for a long time that has always been up to date, relevant to culture, and convicting. Check out these songs by them.

 

Disclaimer: By the phrase “I’m good” he’s not referring to his own character, but rather the term meaning that he’s okay, or he’s doing fine.

I’d highly recommend checking out their other music. There’s lots of it. Plus, if you have any other Christian rap artists that you really like, post their name in the comments, I’d really like recommendations. And if you have any particular thoughts on either of these songs, feel free to voice them.

Rach on!

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Ireland

I feel like it would be remiss of me if I were to not post about my recent excursion to the beautiful country of Ireland.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher was just one of the many spectacular places we visited

The trip was actually a chorale tour with Lancaster Bible College. We had the opportunity to do four concerts in a span of eight days.

I’m not even sure where to begin describing what happened on this trip… It was incredible, to say the very least. Many people have asked me over the past several days what my favorite part or parts were. I guess I can try to muster an answer here.

1. The concerts

The concerts were a huge highlight of the trip. All of the music we sung was from either North or South America. We sang spirituals, Argentinian cowboy music, Brazilian tribal, folk, and much more. Not every song we sang was a Christian song, per say, but the ones that were, we really focused on as our presentation of the gospel message. Especially our ending piece of every concert, In Christ Alone. Our performances all went exceptionally well, but what I loved most about our concerts were the people who came to see us. I loved all the opportunities to talk to the audience members we got after every concert. It was such a blessing to have that chance to invest in the people of Ireland in that way.

2. The friends

Through the trip, so many friendships were made and so many others were strengthened. We experienced so much together and so many things happened that really brought us all together. There was lots of fun, lots of jokes, lots of challenges, lots of praying for each other… I couldn’t have asked for a better group to travel with.

3. The places

Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise

As much as I wish I could, I can’t tell you everything about all the places we visited. We toured castles, cathedrals, ancient monastic settlements, 19th century mansions, an abbey… The list goes on. My favorite place was probably Clonmacnoise, the aforesaid ancient monastic settlement. The whole time we were there it was foggy and raining lightly. It was so serene. I couldn’t stop thinking of the 1,000+ years of people worshiping the same God I do in that one place, and that in turn prompted me to praise Him for His steadfastness.

Well there you have it. Those were my favorite things from Ireland. I would highly recommend you make a trip over there some time. It is well worth it.

Rach on!

P.S. For a more detailed account of our experiences in Ireland, check out the blog that was kept during the trip… lbcireland.blogspot.com.

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