Here we are with another post for the Worship Wars!
I’m not gonna be able to do justice to Keith Green with this post. I was up working late last night and accidently slept in this morning, so I’m running late. I’ll have to do a quick little post, when I should do something much bigger and better.
If you don’t know Keith Green, then read up on him here at Wikipedia, but I assume that most of you have heard of him.
In case you were wondering, Keith’s awesome hair is not the only reason I decided to name The Blah Blah after the coffeehouse where Keith Green first began playing music, but it is an important one (see here). Just feel the Bob Ross influence. Mmmm… happy little trees.
The short version of Keith’s story, for those who don’t know, is that he was a hippy who was searching for truth and found God in the midst of the Jesus People Movement of the 70s. And when he finally did find God, everything changed. He started leading Bible studies. He opened his home to hippy burnouts. He started creating music for God instead of for himself, and giving it away for free (even having his friend Bob Dylan play harmonica on “Pledge My Head to Heaven”). He began speaking out against hypocrisy and sin in the church. When he started following Jesus, Keith gave Him everything. You can read more about him and his inspiring life in the biography No Compromise.
When Keith was 28 years old, he died in a plane crash (in 1982) along with two of his children. He’s become a modern martyr of sorts in the Christian world, especially among musicians.
For most of Keith’s recording life, he wanted to do a secular album produced on a secular label, to tell the world about how he had gone from frustrated hippy burnout to passionate ministry leader, husband, and father, yet he said that God kept closing that door and telling him to make worship albums.
To close off this post, here are some cool quotes I found from him:
“It’s time to quit playing church and start being the Church”
“I repent of ever having recorded one single song, and ever having performed one concert, if my music, and more importantly, my life has not provoked you into Godly jealousy or to sell out more completely to Jesus!”
“In a day when believers seem to be trying to please both the world and the Lord (which is an impossible thing), when people are far more concerned about offending their friends than offending God, there is only one answer…Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him!”
Below are two of my favorite Keith Green worship songs:
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