EDM, interpretive dance, & The Message

A quick round-up of things that caught my eye this weekend.

• In the latest sign that the Apocalypse is near, a report in Christianity Today informs us that electronic dance music (EDM) has now found a place in corporate worship. It’s hard to single out the most inane quote from the piece but these two have to be in the running:

When I’m waiting for that moment of the bass to drop, I’m waiting to experience a whole bunch of things.


This could be a time of expression of worship that we haven’t really seen before, which is pretty cool.

• If reading the CT article leaves you fearful that the EDM virus has made its way into our ecclesial bloodstream, DO NOT FEAR! Tim Keller’s lab at Redeemer Presbyterian already has the antidote.

• In an interview with TOM (the other Merritt), Eugene Peterson said that his views on same-sex relationships have changed and that, if asked, he would officiate a same-sex wedding ceremony. That interview was published on June 12. On June 13 Peterson told the Washington Post that “on further reflection and prayer, I would like to retract [that statement].”

Peterson is perhaps best known for his Bible paraphrase The Message and it’s worth noting that Peterson’s rendering of key NT passages on homosexuality are more in keeping with his first statement. On these readings one would think homosexuality is only wrong when it’s lacking in love.

Rom 1:26-27 Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.

1Cor 6:9ff Don’t you realize that this is not the way to live? Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom.

1Tim 1:10 It’s obvious, isn’t it, that the law code isn’t primarily for people who live responsibly, but for the irresponsible, who defy all authority, riding roughshod over God, life, sex, truth, whatever!

Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Lead pastor at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian, theological Luddite, and long-suffering Atlanta Falcons fan. A student of one book.

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