In 1 John chapter 3 verse 1, the apostle John writes, "see what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of
God; and so we are."
This phrase, what kind of love, literally translates “unearthly, foreign, other-worldly.” This
love the Father gives us is so unparalleled, and John so astonished that he wonders
aloud “where did this come from?”
Adam Thomason is the Pastor of Damascus Road Church in Flint, Michigan and CEO of Collision Records.
Urban ministry and urban contexts are often treated like a zoo—people come, visit for a short
time, take pictures of animals in their cages, leave, and do a show and tell with some of their
friends back home. For many people that’s where it ends.
In a rare first for Rapzilla we decided to interview a different type of Christian Hip Hop influencer. Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Texas and head of the Acts 29 church planting network, sat down with us in a candid interview where we discussed hip hop's role in the local church, his heart for the young black male, and even talked a little about white privilege. Watch the video and share your comments below.
Propaganda talks about his upcoming album 'Excellent' which he reveals is dropping end of September 2012. He also talks about the Gospel viral video, his song on Lecrae's Church Clothes, and his involvement in the upcoming Unashamed Tour.
Earlier this summer Nas, one of mainstream hip hop's most critically acclaimed rappers, released a new album called Life is Good. Despite how long this Queens, New York-bred emcee has been in the rap game, his album was surprisingly relevant, debuting at #1 on the Billboard charts. This week, however, his "street cred" took a hit amid allegations that he used a ghostwriter for his 2008 Untitled album. For other artists (dare I say, most artists?), this wouldn't be a big shock. But Nas is one of hip hop's favorite sons and is believed to represent the pureness of poetic art form. So, everyone went crazy.
1. People with different theologies collide and unite for one purpose:
Artists like shai linne and Rhema Soul can both enjoy fellowship at Flavor Fest. Pastor Rick Warren and Pastor Eric Mason have both been speakers at the conference. Flavor Fest doesn’t have a double standard and promote one type of artist over the other. This may be a taboo analysis but those with Calvinist content meet face to face with those who have Arminian content in their music. That’s rare in most events. Christian Hip-Hop is a beautiful melting pot and without the Fest we would probably never see its true potential on a consistent basis.
The Restoration is your first album in seven years. Tell us how you decided to record a project with this theme.
The last seven years have been a bittersweet time of learning my deep need for Christ's grace, but also a glorious time of Christ making clear he already accomplished my restoration with the finished work of his life, death, and resurrection. In the midst of being overwhelmed by my sinfulness, my restoration occurred as I looked away from my performance to what Jesus has done in restoring me to the Father. The encouragement, hope, and joyful strength I found in feeding on my positional right-standing---secured by Christ's blood and righteousness (i.e., justification)---further empowered his ongoing restoration (i.e., sanctification) in my life.