Journey Song Becomes Unlikely Worship Hit After Accidental Christian Radio Broadcast

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TylerR's picture

Editor

I actually thought the song would have been "Don't Stop Believin," but I guess not . . .

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Bert Perry's picture

First song I thought of was "Don't Stop Believin'" as well.  Might as well take the genre of the "Jesus is my boyfriend" song all the way to a one night stand.... </sarcasm off>

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Ron Bean's picture

I keep pushing for "I'm a Believer!" Just change the feminine to masculine and you've got a spiritual winner!

BTW, I was asked if singing "Spirit in the Sky" in a karaoke bar can be considered witnessing.

Note to the humorless: THIS WAS MEANT TO BE FUNNY.

"Some things are of that nature as to make one's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache." John Bunyan

TylerR's picture

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You could make an argument for Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," too . . .

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Bert Perry's picture

Mötley Crüe, "Home Sweet Home,".  Doesn't that sound like a song about Heaven?  Or, in honor of Crü/Crusade, "Shout at the Devil."

Scorpions, "Send me an Angel"

Madonna:  "You're an Angel"

Brewer and Shipley, "One Toke over the line (sweet Jesus)" 

Arlo Guthrie, "Last Train to Glory"

(sorry, I grew up listening to hair metal and one guy that led me to Christ also introduced me to hippie and Jesus Freak music)

For those who love prosperity theology: Janis Joplin, "Mercedes Benz"

 

On a side note, despite being a somewhat observant Jew then and now, Greenbaum's theology in that song isn't that bad except for the line about never sinning, as far as I can tell.  Not so much for "The Eggplant that Ate Chicago", though.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

CAWatson's picture

In my pre-fundamentalist days, I was part of the first church choir to sing at Disney in more than 40 years. Ironically, we sang the Monkees song "I'm a Believer," and changed the gender from feminine to masculine. I'm not humorless, but to me it was reality, and looking back it was neither cute nor funny. It was truly irreverent. 

TylerR's picture

Editor

Gun and Roses' "Knockin on Heaven's Door." 

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Bert Perry's picture

Missed the obvious:

Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

On a serious note, I've learned that one can google lyrics without seeing all the antics of some groups, and while some secular lyrics are downright vile, some others are at times just plain thoughtful and speak to where we are.  Generally not suitable for church, but there are lessons to be learned from things like "Cats in the Cradle" and "Unforgiven" by Metallica.  But that is a somewhat different topic.

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