Christ is My Only Comfort In Feast or Fallow

in-feast-or-fallow.jpg

Today, I was looking at a few reviews in the iTunes Store. One review stood out making the point that so much of contemporary Christian music sounds the same. Along With this unified sound the reviewer also mentioned the flowery generalities that make it sound like Jesus is a vending machine just waiting to give you an abundant life.

Sandra McCracken recently released her new album In Feast or Fallow. The album features a collection of historic and self-penned hymns. McCracken, in collaboration with her producer and husband, Derek Webb, have done a great job of making a unified album built upon the title song In Feast or Fallow. The album tells a story like a good movie or book. That story reminds us that whatever life brings our way our only comfort in life or death is Christ. The album begins in prayer with Petition, centers on This is the Christ, and ends with Faith’s Review and Expectation.

We’ve got enough modern worship that preaches man and not Christ. We need Christian musicians like Sandra McCracken who are committed to sharing these historic hymns in a fresh way. We need these hymns to teach theology, sing about the ups and the downs of life, and honor God alone.

This is a beautiful, must have, God-honoring, album. I look forward to hearing the hymns in our churches, small groups, and homes in years to come.

In addition to her own site, In Feast Or Fallow is also available via iTunes and Amazon MP3.

PS If you want a little bit of the back story on the album dive through Sandra’s twitter archive (@sandramccracken) and listen to the Question and Answer mp3.

PPS Sandra will be in Houston next week, May 12, performing at Holy Trinity. See this tweet for more!

FTC required disclosure, I received a review copy of this album from MIXTUS MEDIA.

Derek Webb. Stockholm Syndrome.

Stockholm Syndrome Derek Webb

Today is September 1 and that means that Derek Webb‘s new album “Stockholm Syndrome” is finally available.

There has been a buzz about the album on the web for months now. Ever since Derek’s first cryptic email/tweet/web site update back in May. Here is just a sample of what followed from this marketing genius. Who knows, maybe Derek will team up with Chris Anderson to write a follow up to Free.

As the stems were collected and story played out. Most of the buzz/controversy surrounds one song What Matters More and a few choice words. Hear for yourself on YouTube, because you won’t hear it on Christian radio and it is not on the album. Have a problem with the explicit words? The Bible doesn’t.

Some reviews you can use:

Stockholm Syndrome

So what about my thoughts you ask. I really like Derek’s new work (just look at Last.fm) . It is very different from his past work. I really enjoy The Spirit Vs. The Kick Drum, What Matters More, and What You Give Up To Get It. Truth be told, there isn’t a song I don’t like.

Yes, the album is heavy on the Law (in the same vain as Jeremiah, to borrow from iMonk) and we all could stand to knocked down a bit. We are not righteous on our own. We are Crooked Deep Down. We all go astray, each and everyday.

So here is the remedy. We have a Savior who took our place and paid the price for our sins and our bondage to them. We need to repent and receive the forgiveness for sins that He alone offers. I am Thankful for the salvation I received.

Get Stockholm Syndrome today: