Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Larry Norman, 'Father of Christian Rock,' Dies at 60

Christian music legend Larry Norman died Sunday of heart failure, according to his brother Charles Norman. He was 60.

Norman, a blonde, long-haired rocker who is often called the father of Christian rock music, was a giant in the Christian music industry, said Chris Willman, senior music writer for Entertainment Weekly. CLICK HERE to read more

Notes on Larry Norman and Bob Dylan

I'd like to offer a few comments re. the connection between Larry Norman and Bob Dylan.

My Introduction to Bob Dylan's poetry began with a Larry Norman record in 1978 - although I did not know that at the time - ONLY VISITING THIS PLANET. (Which was actually recorded in 1972.) CLICK HERE to read more

African American Culture and Bob Dylan: Why He Matters (1997)

Where black is the color, none is the number."

These are the words of songwriter and musician Bob Dylan, written when he was just twenty-one years old. They are from his haunting and beautiful song A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall, released in 1963. CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, February 25, 2008

Preaching the gospel

On his most recent “Theme Time Radio Hour” show ( “DOCTORS”), Bob Dylan made some comments that I think are worth highlighting outside of the usual summaries of that program that appear here. It was right after he played You Done What The Doctor Couldn’t Do by the Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi. He said the following: CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, February 22, 2008

Bob Dylan, Iconoclastically Faithful

In the 1980s, the iconclastic Bob Dylan dared convert to Christianity. His fans panicked because he was no longer preaching to their choirs songs they already knew. CLICK HERE TO read more

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Host of church singers serves music of a born-again icon : The gospel truth about Dylan (2003)

Some years later, when I asked him if he still stood by his line: "It's easy to see without looking very far that not much is really sacred," Dylan replied: "'Flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark.' Yes, I stand by that. I find all of that still pretty much true." CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Popular Culture: The Ballad of John and Jesus (2000)

Two books tell the story behind John Lennon's short-lived conversion. CLICK HERE to read more

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pastor by day, rocker by night

Hearing God speak through lyrics of popular music

Call him a renegade or call him enlightened, Rev. Toby Jones of Harbor Springs feels he's onto something mainstream Christianity has overlooked. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"Pete Seeger: The Power of Song," Feb. 27, PBS

"If I Had a Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" All three of these familiar folk tunes, together with a host of others, were first popularized by veteran singer-songwriter Pete Seeger. CLICK HERE to read more

You Gotta Serve Someone, Right?

I’ve been working on a message that I’ll be giving at a local university’s “InterVarsity” group towards the end of this month. The topic is “Jesus and Justice,” and the text is outta Luke (chapter 16—vv. 19-31). CLICK HERE to read more

To tell the truth... - Gotta Serve Somebody

It’s not every day that I begin The Source by quoting Bob Dylan, but today it seems appropriate, so let me quote a few lines from his song Gotta Serve Somebody. It’s a simple song in which the chorus is broken up by poetically parallel verses. Here are some of the verses: CLICK HERE to read more

God Said to Abraham,....

This past Sunday, the Sunday School class my wife and I attended had a lesson on the "testing of Abraham" found in Genesis 22. The English Standard Version reads: CLICK HERE to read more

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Shared Song, Communal Memory

THEY meet on the first Monday of the month at the Universalist Unitarian Church here, not to worship but to sing. Just to sing. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, February 8, 2008

Should a Christian listen to Bob Dylan?

I recently received an email from a Christian who read a blog I wrote about a Dylan song. He was previously a Dylan fan, but he stopped listening to Dylan after he became a Christian. He felt that his new found faith in Christ was incompatible with Dylan. Here is a portion of his email: CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Bob Dylan and Christianity, with a passing dismissal of power evangelism

Having just seen the Bob Dylan film I’m Not There and reading John Wimber’s Power Evangelism, Bob Dylan and John Wimber have been on my mind a lot this week. So it was interesting to find a very interesting comment on Wimber in an article about Bob Dylan. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Dylan Eucharist: Come Gather 'Round People Wherever You Roam

The Dylan Eucharist was a gathering force - bringing together people who love Dylan's music, people interested in a musical liturgy, and people who were curious about hearing the folk/rock tunes of this legend prayed in church. CLICK HERE to read more

Christian Music Groups

Gospel music has often crossed over into the mainstream and many artists, such as Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan, have explored their Christian beliefs. CLICK HERE to read more


Barry Beckett, who co-produced Slow Train Coming and Saved with Jerry Wexler, is 65 today. Here's his entry from The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia: CLICK HERE to read more

Church uses Dylan tunes to share God's message

They reflected, prayed and sang to music that had them gently rocking.

Whether thirsting for spiritual renewal or merely inquisitive, 140 worshipers listened to the gospel songs of legendary rock-poet Bob Dylan at Sunday's i-Witness alternative service at United Methodist Church of Geneva. CLICK HERE to read more

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Dylan Service Peaks Interest

Thanks in large part to the Dylan Devotional Blog, I have been getting quite a few e-mails from all around the world regarding our service tomorrow, so I thought it would make sense to give some background and clarification here. CLICK HERE to read more

PBS aired a 3 part, 6 hour special on American Jewry, and THERE WAS NOT A SINGLE MENTION OF BOB DYLAN.

They did a lengthy bit on Jews in the civil rights struggle, and NOT A SINGLE MENTION OF BOB DYLAN. ClICK HERE to read more

Friday, February 1, 2008

Dylan Eucharist Service

United Methodist Church of Geneva
Sunday February 3, 2008
211 Hamilton St.
Geneva, Illinois 60134

Prelude -- Gotta Serve Somebody
Help us to remember, God, that we who gather today may all be different, but you are what unites us in service to you and the world.

Call to Worship
-- A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
We - your children - have been many places, doing and seeing many things which draw us to be cleaned in the waters of baptism and transformed.

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“The highest form of song is prayer.”
-Bob Dylan

STOCKHOLM 04.05.2002

Just a few days after performing at the 2002 Grammy's, Bob Dylan recorded a new re-write of "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" for "Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan" with longtime friend Mavis Staples. One month later he would kick off a new tour in Stockholm Sweden and perform Solid Rock (what many consider the theme song to his gospel era concerts) for the first time in 20 years. Dylan would continue to perform this rousing song as well as other gospel era songs at numerous concerts across Europe and beyond. The two-time Grammy nominated compilation would be released on Sony/Columbia one year later on April 1, 2003.

Sinead O'Connor - Property Of Jesus