Yesterday I stumbled upon a shining light in the darkness. It came in the form of hip-hop, of all things. Dan Phillips, over at his helpful Biblical Christianity blog, featured a song by the rapper-theologian and pastor-in-training Shai Linne.
I was intrigued, so I did a little detective work and, lo and behold, Shai Linne is the real deal. He demonstrates a deep understanding of God, and he presents it reverently and beautifully … in the form of hip-hop (rap).
For about the price of two large lattes ($9.99 on iTunes to be exact), I purchased Shai Linne’s “The Attributes of God” album. To hear the character and nature of God, (as revealed in the Bible), put to music in such an accurate way brought tears to my eyes. And I’m not even a fan of hip-hop!
From the very first recording on the album, the listener is immersed in lyrics such as: “True beauty is spiritual.” … “Our God is in the heavens, He does whatever He pleases.” … “Christ took the curse in my place. Praise God for His mercy and grace.” … “In salvation there is perfect love.” … “To know Him is the life we were made for.” … The album concludes with a remix that praises the trinity, (Father, Son & Spirit in One), in all of its divine mystery.
I’m not sure I have ever encountered anything quite so solidly theological and at the same contemporary. Are you curious to know more? Here’s a sampling of Shai Linne’s “lyrical theology” from his 2008 album entitled, The Atonement. Enjoy!
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