Here are some further thoughts and clarifications (as much to my own thinking as anything). Stephen Kneale has posted here a response. There are some useful points in there and I’ll come to them in a second. The article if it is a response seems primarily to focus on the spirit of this point from my earlier article “But overall, what we sing in church seems along way away from what people are listening to outside.” Stephen’s response is:
- That our primary focus with congregational singing should be whether or not something is appropriate in terms of is it singable and because they help us to remember the truths contained.
- That we should not assume that rap reflects all urban contexts.
- That if music is not culturally neutral then we have to consider whether or not the background and associations of a genre bring other connotations into church life.
- That there are a whole host of other preferences that have not been considered.