Showing posts from February, 2008

Larry Norman 1947-2008

One of the most influential musicians in Christian music has gone home to be with the Lord. Larry Norman, the writer of songs such as “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” and “Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music”, passed away two days ago. Larry became known as the Father of Christian Rock as he was among the first musicians to combine spiritual themes with rock and roll.

I had the pleasure of meeting Larry in 1996 at a worship conference in Toronto. During one of the workshops, Larry answered questions from the audience. I asked Larry how he responded to Christians who criticized his appearance especially his long hair. He replied by quoting 1 Corinthians 11:14 (“Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?”) and then said, “Women these days cut their hair so short it makes mine look long.”

Larry was looked upon by some church folk as a rebel. He once told CCM Magazine, "The churches weren’t going to accept me looking like a st…

Praying in Public

Once in a while I meet people critical of public prayer claiming it contradicts Jesus' teaching that praying to the Father should be in secret (Matthew 6:6). I agree Christians need personal time with the Lord. But Jesus also prayed in public like when He multiplied the loaves and fishes (Luke 9:16) and when little children were brought to Him (Matthew 19:13). The reason Jesus rebuked the Pharisees' public prayers was because their motive was to be seen by men.

Have you considered what has happened with U. S. public schools since prayer was removed from classrooms over 40 years ago? Darrell Scott, father of slain Columbine student Rachel Scott, wrote the following poem that he read before Congress...

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.

You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regu…