Gleanings: April 2015
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our April issue).
1 gospel artist of the year—Billboard said most Christian rap and hip-hop titles will no longer count as “gospel” music. They'll still qualify for Christian, rap, and overall sales charts.
Morning Roundup 2/11/15
Lecrae at the Grammys; Pastors' Friends; Assuming Evangelism
After his album Anomaly rose to No. 1 in the country, Atlanta-based Lecrae scored his first Grammy nomination in the rap category. He's up against Eminem
T. D. Jakes Threatens To Sue Rappers for Sampling His Sermon
Megachurch pastor's unauthorized appearance in Jeezy’s 'Holy Ghost' remix is latest debate over intellectual property rights of pastors.
Kimmel Live last week. Rap music has a long tradition of sampling from other artists, which has led to lawsuits over copyright infringement. The 20-second
Where Are the Female Christian Rappers?
As more women top the charts, their Christian counterparts struggle to break through.
HillaryJane has a similar bent, but tends compose and perform many of the rap portions of her songs herself. Elsewhere, HeeSun Lee employs a rapid
Morning Roundup 10/1/14
Lecrae; Emerging Adulthood; 8:28
print. Lecrae: Christian Rappers, Christian Rap, and the No. That album, Anomaly, is classified as Christian rap, because he's widely thought of as a Christian rapper.
Lecrae v. Katy Perry: Christian Rappers Sue Pop Star
Christian hip-hop artists claim pop queen’s “witchcraft” hit ripped off their song.
Six years earlier, Flame's album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, and "Joyful Noise" also received a Dove Award nomination.
Does Grief Ever Go Away?
What if grief could be more like embarking on a sturdy sailboat for a journey and less like capsizing in a tsunami? A guest post by Jonalyn Fincher
Our goal was to moves beyond pat answers or theological packages to unpack the hard and dignifying work of facing our pain. Grief gets a bad rap in our culture.
Don't Be Ashamed to Listen to Your Heart
Desire gets a bad rap in Christian circles. Jen Pollock Michel explains why it shouldn’t.
Don't Be Ashamed to Listen to Your Heart. Desire gets a bad rap in Christian circles. Jen Pollock Michel explains why it shouldn't. Laura Turner/ August 8, 2014. Image: Sara Tyson.
After Turning Theological, Christian Hip-Hop Turns Critical
What Shai Linne's takedown of Joyce Meyers suggests about Reformed rap.
What Shai Linne's takedown of Joyce Meyers suggests about Reformed rap. What Shai Linne's takedown of Joyce Meyers suggests about Reformed rap. Owen Strachan/ May 30, 2013.
Hip-Hop Theologians and Preachers
The artists most shaping the movement.
Lecrae, who was raised in Houston, created a rap imprint, the 116 Clique, with fellow Texan Tedashii (a chart-storming member of the Village Church, led by Matt Chandler).
Letters to the Editor
A Good Rap. Thank you for what may be the coolest Christianity Today to date. The answer to whether the emotion in secular rap can translate into Christian rap is a resounding yes.
How Christian hip-hop could call the American church back to the gospel—and hip-hop back to its roots.
Russell Moore/ May 10, 2013. A high school in Beaver, Pennsylvania, recently went into security lockdown over a rap lyric. Actually, rap here is a stretch.