Contemporary Christian Music in 2009
2009 was a good year for contemporary Christian music in terms of deeper, richer lyrics containing more scriptural themes and stories, but more work is still needed. I applaud artists and writers like Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, Matt Maher, Leeland Mooring, Bebo Norman, Laura Story, Brenton Brown, Christy Nockles, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dennis Jernigan, Keith Getty, Stuart Townend, Mark Roach, Matt Redman, Todd Agnew, Michael Card, Vicky Beeching and Aaron Shust among others, for upping their game and digging deeper into God’s word for their compositions. That being said, this genre is still over flowing with songs about praise and adoration for God which are both good themes for a worship song but there needs to be so much more depth and variety.
Contemporary song writers – here’s what we need more of in 2010:
- More scriptural lyrics
- More songs about the Trinity
- More songs that cover the entire church year, especially needed are good Advent, Epiphany, Ascension, Transfiguration, Palm Sunday, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Pentecost songs.
- More songs about other biblical characters, both OT and NT. For example, Moses, Noah, Abraham, Adam & Eve, Cain & Able, Ezekiel, Issac, Jonah, David, Elijah, Daniel, John the Baptist, Paul, etc.
- More songs about God’s justice, His wrath and the law.
- More specific mentioning of “Jesus” by name and the fact that he died for all our sins.
- More teaching songs – about stewardship, about ethics, about praying, about fellowship, etc.
- Less songs about our actions (us kneeling, us loving, us adoring, us lifting out hands, etc.) and more about God’s actions (past, present and future).
- More songs about Jesus’ second coming.
- More songs about heaven and hell.