The Periodic Musings of Matt Davis

September 17, 2009

I hate all your show

Filed under: American Church — kcillini77 @ 2:06 am

Jon Foreman’s song about says it all, and it’s the reason we are very close to pulling the trigger on leaving our church.  The final straw came this week when, after a rousing rendition of “Living On a Prayer” our pastor asked us how many churches in Kansas City we thought started off the day with Bon Jovi.  I wanted to shout out, “Probably a lot, since singing formerly popular songs in church is the latest trend!”

Here’s the thing – I’m not prudish on music by a long shot.  I love rock and I find many “secular” songs to be more Jesus-centric than many “Christian” songs, so the use of any music that can help us glorify God in worship is alright by me.  What bothers me to no end is the fact that “worship” in most churches is truly a concert, with all eyes on a celebrity.  Our church of thousands spent almost TWO YEARS scouring the country for the “best” worship leader they could find.  The people who ably filled in during that time were obviously not quite good enough to cut the mustard long term.

Trust me, our dissent is not with the people or personalities involved.  It is the very soul of the church that is seeker and growth focused.  The trend is making our collective American church shallow and predictable – a regurgitation of our culture in the name of reaching others.  We’re done with it.  We know it’s going to be hard – we don’t want to flee back to tradition for tradition’s sake and start attending a church where families have their own pews.  But the church-growth paradigm has run its course in our family.  Please be praying for us as we make our slow transition.



  1. There is no god. The faster you realize that the happier you can be in life. Love your brother and be kind to your neighbor. You can do these things without the crutch of religion.

    Comment by dd — September 19, 2009 @ 12:44 am

    • That’s a very convincing argument. The thought process you put into it is very apparent. Thanks!

      Comment by kcillini77 — September 19, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

      • DD- I find it interesting that you ended up quoting the Bible in your response to not believe in God. “Love your brother and be kind to your neighbor” is a direct command to a Christian given in the Bible.

        Comment by Heather — September 28, 2009 @ 2:52 am

  2. Matt,
    We ARE and will continue to pray for you regarding this decision. We know this isn’t something to be taken lightly. Changing churches is HARD– we know. We love you. Mom

    Comment by Mom — September 19, 2009 @ 7:14 am

  3. I am sorry Matt.

    Comment by kristiapplesauce — September 22, 2009 @ 8:50 am

  4. Matt,
    I think this is the right decision for your family. I know you guys have wrestled with it for a long time. We feel your pain as we are wrestling with the same decisions. I know you are seeking Christ as a family and we pray God shows you were to land.

    Comment by Heather — September 28, 2009 @ 2:50 am

  5. I don’t know If I said it already but …Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

    Comment by JimmyBean — October 1, 2009 @ 9:08 am

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