The Secret Kingdom

Did The Newsboys Go Emergent?

I don't know how it happened. My friend and pastor (infamously, a K-Love director) says it's Paul Coleman's influence.

Whatever it is, the new Newsboys album - Go - is in many ways a new direction for Christian pop. Sure, there are some trite and sappy lyrics, perfect for YouthGroupKitschendom ("Hands up, holler back now... wherever we go, that's where the party's at" are perfect lyrics for a bunch of middle class white kids at an all night youth slumber party - forgive the cynicism) but there are also lyrics suspiciously... well, I said it: Emergent.




Secret Kingdom
This here won’t be contained
By culture, wars and trendy names
Been there, done that, wore out the t-shirts
Don’t need free perks
Don’t need knee jerks
This here still wakes the dead
Still gets God’s people Spirit-led
Gonna put in action all we’ve read
Not all enraged, just all engaged
‘Cause that there’s still fabricating kingdoms out of boxes
We’re gonna leave that slum
This here wants faithfulness, not easy fixes
This here won’t shrink to fit no politics, yeah
This here knows whistles make for better mixes

COME HERE, A LITTLE BIT CLOSER
I WANNA TAKE YOU TO A SECRET KINGDOM

The first song on the album reveals how far the Evangelical base has moved, to tolerate and even embrace ecological "green" sensibilities... "

Wherever we go...
Bullies make nice, crooks repent,
and
the ozone layer shows improvement





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