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post #1 of 9
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This isn't a joke. What do you guys think?

We got our issue of Episcopal Life today and there was an article about this church and their Hip Hop services. A quote from the founder of the ministry, Rev. Timothy Holder is, "From the time of our earliest working-group meetings, our goals remained simple and straightforward: It was to sing the new song of Jesus Christ in the vernacular - the language of the people - especially our younger generation. The Work was made flesh and swelt in the 'hood!" There's a picture of Rev. Holder in the paper. He's a bald, overweight, white guy.

I, for one, think it's pretty great.


23rd Psalm
(Adapted by Ryan Kearse)

The Lord is all that, I need for nothing.
He allows me to chill.
He keeps me from being heated
and allows me to breathe easy.
He guides my life so that
I can represent and give
shouts out in his Name.
And even though I walk through
the Hood of death,
I don't back down
for you have my back.
The fact that you have me covered
allows me to chill.
He provides me with back-up
in front of my player-haters
and I know that I am a baller
and life will be phat.
I fall back in the Lord's crib
for the rest of my life.
post #2 of 9
I think it's a very good idea---to target the youth who will understand and feel more comfortable talking about God and getting to know Him better through words they will understand and relate to. It's a wonderful idea if you ask me.
post #3 of 9
It doesn't quite have the same weight as the original, but if it makes young people feel comfortable, go for it. Is there a RedNeck version? Or a housewife version? Or a golfer version? Someone with more time than I could get carried away with this idea and start a bookmarker business!
post #4 of 9
I'm just picturing taking communion from an overweight, bald priest, who is rapping and it's making me crack up!
post #5 of 9
I think it is a great idea! Times have changed and if this will help the younger generation learn about God, I think He is doing His work.

I can just imagine my Priest rapping! At least it will get me to Church more often
post #6 of 9
That is an excellent idea! I definitely think if there are ways for churches to reach out to more people, rather than being too exclusive and elite, then go for it!
At my Methodist church, the minister is a former Broadway performer, so the church's them is "Expressing the Joy of Christ Creatively." We have Ecumenical dancers, there's a lot of singing, and there is a play or instrumental performance at each sermon. When this minister came to Asbury, there were only about 8 (literally) families still attending (he calls them Elderberries ). Now, the church (which is very large in size), is jam-packed each Sunday. So it's proof that preaching a bit "out of the box" can really do the truck.
I wish the hip-hop church all the luck in the world!
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of your comments. I'm glad to know others feel the same way I do about this.

As far as the "red-neck" church goes - being from the South I know there are PLENTY of those around! But you're right, mrsd, I wouldn't think it would carry the same weight as the church language we're used to.
post #8 of 9
If I were still young I would definitly go to a church like this! To me church was like a punishment, it was so boring my brother and I got in trouble for playing games constantly! If church became " cool" for kids I think they might look forward to sundays! Lets face it God is one cool dude, we should celebrate him in a fun loving way,and not be so solem all the time.
post #9 of 9
Does anybody else here remember when "guitar masses" first became "en vogue"? I say, "Go with the times!"
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