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You can tell a country’s culture from the songs it sings.

It’s the same with the church.

Right now, in the midst of a global pandemic with all its resultant emotional, physical, mental, and financial afflictions, you’d expect us to be singing songs of lament – expressing our grief, bewilderment, disorientation, and yearning for God’s intervention. But apparently, we aren’t.

This article is one in a series (Connecting with Culture) from the the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

It’ll be fascinating to see what kind of art flows from this strange year. But Taylor Swift’s surprise eighth album Folklore – released last week to five-star reviews – could be one of the first, significant contributions.

Though it’s not about the pandemic, it’s emerged assuredly from within it – without the usual pressure of having to write songs to fill a stadium tour imminently. Duly liberated, Swift has created a collection of quietly powerful, stripped back songs, signalling a shift in style and a deepening of artistry.

This article is one in a series (Connecting with Culture) from the the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

Shortly after university I made some calligraphy for a friend, to remind him of a couple of Bible verses that he and I had found salutary. However, 2 Chronicles 28:9b-10 isn’t something you’ll find printed in a prayer journal:

‘Because the LORD… was angry with Judah, he gave them into your hand. But you have slaughtered them in a rage that reaches to heaven. And now you intend to make the men and women of Judah and Jerusalem your slaves. But aren’t you also guilty of sins against the LORD your God?’

While many people believe themselves incapable of such vindictive sentiments, my friend had enough humility to admit and own his uglier thoughts, even as he wrestled with them. It’s part of why I married him, and he remains one of the most compassionate people I know.

This article is one in a series (Connecting with Culture) from the the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

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NEW FOR 2021

Curious to learn more about Jesus either by yourself or with others? Visit our Personal Study page. Each week we'll be adding some personal study material to go through. It'll include a brief audio message, a short video and a section of your Bible to read. No Bible? Click here for one on our site.

This material is provided by our friends at BibleProject.




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