Casting Crowns is easily the best band in Christian music right now. You might argue that on a number of fronts, but from pure ministerial and gospel proclaiming impact through the medium of music, they are in my opinion without peers. I still find myself comforted, sometimes convicted and oftentimes moved to tears as I listen to tracks off their previous album Lifesong.
I recently purchased a live CD/DVD disc of theirs that contains live concert footage where the Gospel and Grace are clearly presented and illustrated through real stories, their own testimonies and through their music. There are also “extras” on the DVD such as interviews and commentaries from the lead singer Mark Hall. He is a full-time youth minister which he refers to has his primary “job” and his ministry in the band as the proverbial “icing on the cake.”
All the band members are ACTIVE leaders in their LOCAL CHURCHES and they do not give into “the music and band are our ministry” mentality that pervades so many gifted people today. They are back home, serving in their local churches every week! That is so encouraging, so rare and so worth our contemplation as it relates to our own attitudes toward and involvement in our local churches.
This week they released their new album, The Altar and the Door. It is fantastic. I will be posting the days ahead on some of my favorite tracks, along with some commentary on why I think that particular song is important for Christians to think more deeply about. Until then, here are my must downloads for those of you who are more into iTunes than in buying whole albums on CD. Buy em, burn em, learn em and be blessed!
East to West
The Word Is Alive
Somewhere in the Middle
I Know You’re There
Prayer For a Friend
Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus