Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fri 07/25/2008 The Cleveland Museum Of Art


Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan
The Cleveland Museum Of Art
Lecture Hall 7:00 PM

This Friday 7/25


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bob Dylan Song #13: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

I'm not exactly what you'd call a theologian by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't think that there's any mystery as to why a) people in abject poverty, like most bluesmen, would write songs dedicated to death and the everlasting beyond, and b) why people in abject poverty often turn to Christianity as inspiration for their lives. CLICK HERE to read more

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Which musician inspires you?

Dylan has consistently channeled American religious idioms through biblical allusion. Among scores of examples: “All Along the Watchtower” essentially paraphrases Isaiah 21:5-9; “The Times They Are A-Changin,’” “Slow Train A-Comin,’” Other words and music are eschatological, about “last things”; and apocalyptic imagery, alluding to the end of world history, fills “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” “Desolation Row,” “Angelina” and more. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thirty years late-Bob Dylan’s Christian music

I am aware that I am thirty years late for discussion concerning Bob Dylan and the Christian faith. I remember some years back my partner in the ministry David listening to a cassette of of Dylan’s “Slow Train Coming” and his comment that it was some of the best Christian music he knew of. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Church hopes U2 can help orphanage Fundraising worship service Saturday at First Presbyterian

This Saturday First Presbyterian Church will be rocking out to U2, raising money for charity and worshipping while they’re at it. First Presbyterian plans its third U2 Eucharist starting at 6 p.m. to raise money for the Olof Palme Orphanage in Tanzania, Africa. CLICK HERE to read more

Sunday, July 13, 2008

'Bigger than Jesus? The Beatles were a Christian band'

John Lennon claimed the Beatles were a Christian band

But 28 years after his death, in an interview being broadcast for the first time, he claims that on the contrary, he hoped to encourage people to focus on the Christian faith. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, July 11, 2008

Dylan and Bunyan on Faith vs. Unbelief

Q: What is the opposite of faith? It’s unbelief. CLICK HERE to read more.

Joe Cocker: Hymn 4 My Soul

Cocker covers George Harrison’s “Beware of Darkness”, Bob Dylan’s “Ring Them Bells”, Stevie Wonder’s “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” and songs by soul luminaries Solomon Burke and Percy Mayfield. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

“Even Jesus could never forgive what you do.” – Bob Dylan

I was listening to Pearl Jam today and it got me to thinking. Pearl Jam is a grunge rock and roll group from Seattle which was very popular about a decade ago and still enjoys some following. They were singing a song entitled “Masters of War” which was written and sung by Bob Dylan back in the sixties. In the song Eddie Vedder (lead singer for Pearl Jam) rails against all those who are responsible for the travesty of war. He gets kind of worked up toward then end of the song and croons this telling lyric. “Even Jesus would never forgive what you do.” CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Freewheelin' Robert Zimmerman

Bob Dylan's lyrics never explicitly invoke his Jewish roots, but Jewish influences are never far from the surface. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, July 3, 2008

It's Unbelievable

Below, you will find an article by David Cloud of something called The Fundamental Baptist Information Service. As a Christian and fan of the music of Bob Dylan, I find this piece of 'writing' extremely disturbing. Not only is it ill-informed and factually inaccurate, it spills the sort of utter crap that gives Christianity a bad name. This does no service to Christ or to the Truth. CLICK HERE to read more

See also
Bob Dylan's "Conversion" - (Lighting The Way Worldwide)

The Gospel According to the Beatles

Forty years ago, John Lennon famously commented that he believed that the Beatles had become "more popular than Jesus." At the time the comparison seemed absurd. The Beatles were a pop group. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dylan 1983 Kotel

We have finally found a reasonable-quality image of Bob Dylan during his famous tefillin-wearin' appearance at the Kotel. Here is an amazing and totally-Israeli eyewitness: "In the summer of 1983, Dylan visited Israel and was famously photographed wearing tefilin -- leather straps and boxes worn during Jewish prayer -- at the Western Wall. CLICK HERE to read more and see the photo
“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