This is the Song I Sing

I was sitting at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee in hand, and I was going to tell you about my Thanksgiving weekend and my chocolate party and my inside-and-out-beautiful girlfriends.

That’s all still relevant and I will definitely share it soon.  But God walked into my life just now in a way that made me catch my breath, and I have to tell you about it.

For the last couple years, I have been so sick of Christian music.  What it boils down to is this:  I want reality.  I want a relationship with God that is based on reality and truth, not sentimentality and formulaic phrasing.  For most of my teen years I lived and breathed K-Love and its “positive, encouraging music”, but these days I can’t even scan past that radio station without gagging.   Perhaps it’s indicative to me of American Christianity, which seems to exist in a big Christian bubble where the scientific method has joined Rock and Roll in the devil’s camp.  Where one’s relationship with God is measured by how far removed they are from the lives of wordly neighbors.  Where broken hearts are patched with arbitrary Psalms and cares should be “turned into prayers”.  Where followers of Christ are more proud of being known for what they stand against than what they stand for.   And I hate that I can’t stand Christian music because, more than anything else, I love to worship my God.  I cannot wait for the day I finally see Him face-to-face and can lift my hands and raise my voice in adoration.   But Contemporary Christian Music just doesn’t do it for me.  It’s cheesy, over-produced, ruins most genres it attempts to emulate, and rarely speaks to my personal relationship with the Lord.

The great thing about God is that He knows what I need even before I’ve actually consciously acknowledged it myself.  And this morning, I stumbled across this video which gives me so much joy because, here, finally is an uncompromising artist who is an incredible lyricist as well as musician and to top it all off:  a Christian with a real love for his Savior.

John Mark McMillan makes dang good music.  Here’s what music critic David Kern has to say, “The Medicine has an epic sound – a grand, impressive, emotional, heart-on-sleeves, rock sound. The kind with aggressive guitars and aggressive vocals. But it’s also air-tight, precise, measured rock n’ roll, with just the right amount of whiskey soaked folk; McMillan is confident in his vocals and his songs are consistent with his vision. Think Springsteen, Tweedy, or Yorn singing about the troubles and rewards of faith.”  YES!  THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!  CHRISTIAN MUSIC YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO LISTEN TO!

Go to John Mark McMillan’s website and listen to some more of this music.  You will be moved.  And maybe you’ll feel His love for you in a way you never expected.   Because today, I have.

Edited to Add: John Mark McMillan has never heard of A Daring Adventure, Provenance Farm, or Rachel Prickett. All aforementioned entities could disintegrate tomorrow and he would not even blink. Or care. Or give a rip. Or bring a pot roast to the funeral.



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5 responses to “This is the Song I Sing

  1. Danae

    did you get paid for this post? Its very promo-y

  2. I stumbled across your blog this evening through quite the chain reaction. It started at Polyface, then Afton Fields website, which directed me to Alicia’s blog, and now I’m here. I live in Charlotte, NC where John Mark is from and I actually know John. He’s the real deal. His music is a true reflection of his life.

    On a side-note, my wife and I are in the very infant stages of taking control of our food sources, we are planting our first garden this year! We have even begun talks of buying an old farm and making the move! I’ve pointed her towards you and Alicia’s blog for some help to sell her on the idea! She has the wrong stigma of what farming is and what farmers look like, don’t get me wrong, it’s easy to do! you can check out her blog here:

    all the best!

    • Nate, I’m glad you found our blog and are getting encouraged about farming and gardening. It’s fun to see how many people of our generation are wanting to get into farming and to raise their families with an appreciation of where food comes from. I can totally understand your wife’s stigma about farmers. For the most part it’s laughably true! I guess it’s up to all of us to redefine “farmer”. Alicia and I (we’re friends in real life as well as blog-land) get a kick out of people giving us the side-eye and informing us that we “don’t look like farmers”.
      Many blessings on your future endeavors!

  3. Mary Raymond

    Just got the link from Keith last week, and love your website as a whole – but really liked the John Mark McMillan link – I agree with you about most contemporary Christian music. John Mark reminds me some of Keith Green, a Christian rock artist from the 70s and 80s who loved our Lord and made REAL music. If you’re not familiar with him (he probably died before you were born!), there are some websites where you can listen to his work. He always lifts me up and convicts me at the same time…

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