Friday Fun: Music to do Theology by

I was driving home from the Philip Clayton Theo-Nerd Book Party last night and I had my I-pod set to shuffle. It was one of those rare runs where all my favorites came up back-to-back-to-back.  I had two thoughts:

  1. There is nothing better than  ‘shuffle songs’ while driving
  2. I could use any of these in a sermon – there is theology in all of them

So I got thinking about the top 5 albums that I love to do theology to/with?  Here is my list, I would love to hear yours

5. Alison Krauss  & Union Station: live

4. Five For Fighting: America Town 

3. Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More  

2. Blues Traveler: Four

1. OAR: In Between Now & Then  

You can see from my list that A) I like music with guitar & drums B) musicians who don’t dance while they sing C) rich lyrical tapestries

Honorable Mention goes to MeWithOutYou: Brother Sister 

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14 comments
Ryan B.
Ryan B.

.....Had to throw in some Hip Hop

Ryan B.
Ryan B.

Thrice - Vheissu mewithoutYou - Catch For Us the Foxes Stavesacre - How to Live With a Curse Derek Webb - Mockingbird U2 - The Joshua Tree The Roots - Game Theory Talib Kweli- Get By

Jono Child
Jono Child

Civil Twilight - Civil Twilight Mutemath - Mutemath Bon Iver - Bon Iver Radiohead - The Bends U2 - Best of 1980's Josh Garrels Love, War and the Sea In Between

jonathan
jonathan

Posting on the Sabbath--hope this isn't unlawful. My 5: The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday Joe Pug - Nation of Heat The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers - The Mother of Love Emulates the Shapes of Cynthia The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site

tom c.
tom c.

Hmm...I don't do theology (not exactly), but I am in a neighboring discipline. Here are some artists/composers who I like to write to: Brian Eno Arvo Pärt Boards of Canada Bob Dylan John Adams (I like some of the choices others have listed, but sometimes when I know the lyrics to a song, it distracts me -- Dylan being an exception for me.)

Austin
Austin

Bruce Cockburn - Charity of the Night Innocence Mission - Befriended Sigur Ros - Ágætis Byrjun Miles Davis - Kind of Blue Radiohead - Kid A Patty Griffin - Impossible Dream I also have to admit that Gungor's St. Francis inspired album "Ghosts Upon The Earth" is really something special. For obvious reasons (if you've heard the album), I wrote a paper on the doctrine of creation with that one on repeat.

Tripp Fuller
Tripp Fuller

Counting Crows Bill Mallonee & the Vigilantes of Love Blind Boy Fuller U2 Ben Kweller

Dean
Dean

Agh, ya got me!

Travis Mamone
Travis Mamone

Oh yeah, forgot Mindy Smith and Patty Griffin.

Travis Mamone
Travis Mamone

My theological playlist includes: -Bifrost Arts -Rich Mullins -Sara Groves -Heatherlyn -The Restoration Project -Sufjan Stevens -Bon Iver

Dean
Dean

I think you spelled mewithoutYou wrong.

Dan Hauge
Dan Hauge

You know, I don't often listen to music with theology in mind, but I'll play. Here's my eclectic list: Arcade Fire--Neon Bible Sufjan Stevens--Seven Swans Elbow--build a rocket boys! The Opiate Mass--Vol. 3, From the Belly of a Woman Wilco--A Ghost is Born Hon. Mention--anything by Tori Amos

Bo Sanders
Bo Sanders

This is great! My 'wish list' has grown exponentially this week ;) -Bo

Bo Sanders
Bo Sanders

you are almost right Dean - but i Think that There is a difference between Spelling and capitalization ;)