Classic Rock And The Eternal Rock

With Easter Week upon us, let's take a look at some rock penthouse favorites in a different light. The eternal light of the love of Christ.

Music is the most precise form of communication, the closest thing we have to a perfect way of transferring and experiencing emotion. Since long before the Psalms, music and worship have been side by side. 

Rock & Roll and religion haven't been at odds with each other as often as we've been led to believe. Elvis Presley learned to sing in the gospel choir, and brought that emotion and fever to his performing. John Lennon and Paul McCartney met not in some crowded nightclub or racous party, but at a church fair. 

So here, for reverent thought, or for curious fun, are some glimpses into a side of rock we don't often see.

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He goes to Bible study regularly when he is not on tour because he wants to understand God better and because he wants to know more about what God has to say to his life. He isn't interested in being a "celebrity-for-Christ". He wants to be a typical church-going Christian who is learning to love God and love his neighbor. It just so happens that he is Alice Cooper and this brings an interesting twist to the whole process. FULL STORY

“I feel the older I get, the more I’m learning to handle life." says Ringo Starr. "Being on this quest for a long time, it’s all about finding yourself. For me, God is in my life. I don’t hide from that. I think the search has been on since the 1960s.” FULL STORY"

Rick Wakeman of Yes is well known for his love of golf and his outrageous sense of humour, yet his life has not been laughter all the way. "Despite being baptized at 19, I pushed God further and further away..." explains Rick. It wasn`t until he met model Nina Carter that he was drawn closer to a God they had both abandoned many years before. "The decision was to put my life back into God`s hands. I asked Him then and there to forgive me for all that I had done and to give me the strength to start again." FULL STORY

"I have come to believe that my Father in Heaven has once again shown us His kind mercies. I have may times been the recipient of His mercies before. Throughout this whole ordeal, I felt the presence of Christ, telling me that I need not fear. I pray that I be fully recovered but if not, then whatever the Lord gives me is enough." Kerry Livgren of Kansas, Christmas Eve, 2009 FULL STORY

U2 has a tenuous relationship with Christianity. The band's members came of age amid a bloody religious conflict in their native Ireland. Three members of the band — Bono, guitarist the Edge and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. — were members of a Christian community in Dublin that led them to believe a life in rock and a life in that faith were not reconcilable. FULL STORY

"I grew up through an evangelical church," says John Lodge of The Moody Blues, who credits his faith for making it possibile for him to avoid the drugs and other temptations of the rock lifestyle. "The more I talked to people, the more I realized all the things I'd learned at church were relevant--and what everyone was looking for. I was thinking, Just a moment, I think I've got that! That's really when I started to find an inner strength. The '60s was a crazy time in rock 'n' roll, and you could have really gone to extremes in everything. But I found I had this inner strength that seemed to see me through a lot of things." FULL STORY

Happy Easter,

StevenK

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