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Rob Thomas Sings to the Church?


1242075770.20243.concert2Last night I took my lovely wife to the Rob Thomas concert. We have always been intrigued by the significant amounts of truth in his lyrics. As we were called to a “celebration of music and life” by each of the three acts, there were times where the logic just did not follow. For example, early on, Carolina Liar’s singer, Chad Wolf, spoke of this celebration that we had gathered for and then dedicated the song to all the people that hated their jobs and could barely stand to get out of bed. For some reason, I questioned whether or not I was ready to celebrate this particular angst. But all in all, it was an enjoyable night and a very good show.

Each of the three acts had songs that spoke of the search for something that was real and true and worthwhile. Also, themes of love, redemption, and forgiveness were addressed. A few songs that may be worth checking out include Carolina Liar’s Beautiful World and Show Me What I’m Looking For as well as One Republic’s Someone to Save You and Come Home.

My favorite song of the night was Thomas’ opening number–Fire on the Mountain. This is a song written in a post-Christian, immoral world where justice is crying out to be heard. His lyrics can speak, I believe, to the church. What it says to the church will depend on the church itself. For some it may be a call to action. For others it will be a call to change the music ASAP. The lyrics are here for consideration, but I encourage you to give it a listen to get the intensity of the problem and the emotion that the “eyes wide open” church might encounter (Frost, Seeing God in the Ordinary).

Fire on the Mountain by Rob Thomas
Fire on the mountain
Through the fields
Save yourself
There’s evil in the garden
But you don’t see it
I can tell

How do you sleep while the city’s burning
Where do you go when you can’t go home
How do you drink when there’s blood in the water
Where do you turn when the world moves on
When the world moves on

Fire on the mountain
You can feel it
Against your skin
You’re standing by the river
Let the river take you in

I see smoke out on the horizon
Mama get your baby
Take her down to the water
I feel the wind like a promise broken
I see the future but it’s getting farther

If you take the time to give it a listen, consider talking with other believers you walk life with and envision a video that depicts the world about which Thomas sings. Then have a re-listen and redo your story boards with the visual being the church on mission that is living like Christ.

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  1. Tim says:

    Wow, good stuff!

    I hear the artist your wife REALLY wants to see in concert is Joe Purdy! She would really love you for that. 🙂

  2. JimJ says:

    Not sure if you knew this, but Rob Thomas wrote “Fire on the Mountain” after he read the Dave Eggers book “What is the What” about Valentino Achak Deng, one of the “lost boys” who fled the Sudan during the terrible civil wars that wreaked havoc on his country. But, like Rob Thomas often says, he understands that each of his songs may speak something different to each of us. The universality of his lyrics make him a songwriter that connects like no other in his generation.

  3. adminsmile says:

    You made me laugh Tim. Thanks.

    Jim, I did not know that…interesting. Thank you for sharing. And yes, I can see how it applies there, AND I still think it has strong application for the church. As you wrote, speaks to the “universality of his lyrics.”

  4. Trey Atkins says:

    Rob Thomas, Matchbox 20, Almost M? What is happening to our Sooner there in North Texas? Are they being a bad influence on you? Kidding.

    Great thoughts and more true than WE (conservative side of Christian community) really want to know. One of the great challenges on the field is realizing other cultures have this same phenomenon: figures that speak deeply to the culture of the day. Normally, not the popular ones, but people like Rob Thomas.

    How do we find those people? How do we “hear” what they are saying? How do we apply that to powerfully sharing the gospel? It is hard enough in my heart language and culture.

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