Being someone who usually listens to only psalm and hymn singing and some bluegrass I was pleasantly surprised today when one of the guys works at the music department at my work put on a CD I had never heard before. It was new and unique and the lyrics really caught my attention (at first because you don't normally hear the word 'whore' in a Christian song but there really seems to be a good deal of depth to the lyrics). After listening to a couple songs it became pretty clear this guy was pretty reformed in his soteriology and I checked some interviews and my suspicions were confirmed. Anyhow, some lyrics for pondering:

Wedding Dress
(words and music by derek webb)if you could love me as a wife
and for my wedding gift, your life
should that be all iíll ever need
or is there more iím looking for

and should i read between the lines
and look for blessings in disguise
to make me handsome, rich, and wise
is that really what you want

i am a whore i do confess
but i put you on just like a wedding dress
and i run down the aisle
iím a prodigal with no way home
but i put you on just like a ring of gold
and i run down the aisle to you

so could you love this bastard child
though i donít trust you to provide
with one hand in a pot of gold
and with the other in your side
i am so easily satisfied
by the call of lovers less wild
that i would take a little cash
over your very flesh and blood


because money cannot buy
a husbandís jealous eye
when you have knowingly deceived his wife

The Church
(words and music by derek webb)i have come with one purpose
to capture for myself a bride
by my life she is lovely
by my death sheís justified

i have always been her husband
though many lovers she has known
so with water i will wash her
and by my word alone

so when you hear the sound of the water
you will know youíre not alone

Ďcause i havenít come for only you
but for my people to pursue
you cannot care for me with no regard for her
if you love me you will love the church

i have long pursued her
as a harlot and a whore
but she will feast upon me
she will drink and thirst no more

so when you taste my flesh and my blood
you will know youíre not alone

there is none that can replace her
though there are many who will try
and though some may be her bridesmaids
they can never be my bride


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