A few years ago, I was doing a lot of driving, and I wanted to get more time in God’s word, but I didn’t want to spend any money on an audio Bible. So, what do I do? I go online of course, for the world’s largest collection of downloadable mp3s ever! In my searching, I came across the work of John and Nicole Mahshie, the founders and artists behind Relevant Revolution and Sermon Jams, a collection of mp3s amounting to much more than an audio Bible.
I downloaded a few tracts and was instantly hooked. So, of course, I had to go get more. John views his work as a ministry and, like Keith Green before him, offers his music for a donation, even if that means he never makes a cent for it.
So, what kind of music does he make? It’s hip-hop… but with a twist. The artists at Relevant Revolution take great sermons and re-mix the audio to a backdrop of some innovative, creative, and emotive (ooh… lots of “-ive” words…) hip-hop beats. It’s really great for meditating on the things of God. I was an instant fan, and I’m not even big on hip-hop.
Not only is this great music, but check out their mission (taken off the website at www.relevantrevolution.com):
“Our desire is to promote a reverence and passion for the supremacy of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom and our focus is on the foundational truths of the Christian faith…. The verse we have picked to represent this ministry is Romans 10:14 which states ‘But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?'”
Later, their website states: “Our goal is to flood city streets, universities, and other public places with the Gospel message.”
The focus is bringing Jesus’ good news to those who haven’t yet payed it any attention. I love it!
John Mahshie began the ministry (according to an interview with Jeannie Choi found on page 120 of Outreach Magazine, May/June 2007, volume 6, issue 3) during a time in his life when he was searching for God’s guidance and direction. He was listening to sermons given by such preachers as John Piper and Ravi Zacharias while playing wordless hip-hop tracks in the background. He noticed how the beats and the preaching seemed to flow together naturally, and that started him with an idea and a ministry that would come to impact hundreds and perhaps thousands.
And this is just some guy who makes good beats and wants to love God with all his heart. Awesome!
You may not be a big fan of hip-hop, but I would encourage you to check out the mp3’s below. If you like them, head on over to his site at www.relevantrevolution.com for more sermon jams and a link to send in your donation.
Here are two of my favorite tracks:
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