Friday, November 18, 2011

The One Year Bible's Old Testament Reading...

... for today edited and set to music courtesy of the Delta Rhythm Boys (who have a very interesting history).



The standard recording of "Dem Bones" is here.

1 comment:

bolo said...

Since this is a music and theology thread, allow me, to present the new "poster boy" for infant baptism...

That would be David Ellefson of Megadeth: (from Wikipedia)

"My faith has been with me from birth really as I was baptized in the Lutheran Church when I was an infant and raised in that setting my whole life. My family went to church on Sundays, my dad was on church committees, my mom sang in the church choir, and I was confirmed as a teenager too. In fact my mother’s Wurlitzer organ was my first musical experience and how I learned to play.”

He was also asked that if he was a Christian his whole life, and how he felt about being in Megadeth and doing the things that he did. “I will say that my adult religious beliefs were strengthened once I got cleaned up off dope and booze back in 1990 by way of 12 step programs. That really brought me back to putting God at the center of my life again and as a result I experienced the best years of my career, too.

That was paramount for me because being 25 years old, and playing in a metal band, God was certainly not considered “cool” and is still not something most metal fans want to have their heroes proclaim in public! However, the reality is that even in my days of drug use, for me from age 15 to 25, my Christian upbringing always haunted me a bit because I knew I was doing the wrong thing living that lifestyle.

Fortunately, getting cleaned up seemed to be in the cards for me so I’m glad I was able to get through it because so many people don’t seem to be able to make it through that. At the end of the day there is no escaping God’s will… He will always win!”

One of the things that helped him to come back to Christ was that he was having children with his wife, and he started to remember how he was brought up, and the appreciation he had for it. He wanted his kids to be brought up in the church, and after several incidents in the studio that he thought was very strange, he felt God was calling him to come back to the church. After calling his wife and telling her that, she said, “well, I’m glad this is all happening, because the worship leader was asking if you could come sit in this Sunday because their normal bass player isn’t going to be able to make it this week. That’s when he decided, “Okay God, I get it”. And then started his entrance into the Christian Music Scene."

Now if that was not enough, then the following is the real "mind blower." (also from his wiki entry)

Ellefson has recently begun studying for the ministry in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod through an extension program of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.

I'm just trying to imagine his theology studies, influencing his writing, and contributions to Megadeth in general, and the entire music industry.

The world seems to be coming apart on one level. On another, it appears to be coming together in ways unimaginable...