When John Newton first penned the words for “Amazing Grace,” the hymn was really more of a poem: It didn’t come with music at all. And when others later set it to music, they co-opted more than 20 different tunes . It wasn’t until the 1840s that “Amazing Grace” was, apparently, first paired with a secular ditty called “New Britain,” creating the hymn we know and love today.
Over the centuries, Christians have proved remarkably adept at finding trends in popular culture and giving them a sacred twist. Take, for instance, rap and hip-hop, arguably today’s most malleable and popular music genre. While many may associate rap with all sorts of bad behavior—glorifying sex and drug use and sometimes encouraging violence—many Christian musical artists have found the genre a fertile field to explore and a great platform for the Gospel.
Our Plugged In team raps about rap on the latest episode of The Plugged In Show. We talk about some of the best and most popular Christian rappers today, and we discuss the influence that rap has had on their own lives. Join us, won’t you, and listen to this great, provocative discussion by clicking here.
Once you’re done listening and want to dig a little deeper, look at the links below. They’ll send you to everything our Plugged In panel discussed on the show, along with a few extra goodies.
Gift of any amount offer: Burning Bush 2.0 by Paul Asay
Plugged In Review: Lecrae, “Blessings”
Plugged In Review: Lecrae, Gravity
Plugged In Review: Lecrae, Restoration
Plugged In Review: Lecrae, Church Clothes
Plugged In Review: Lecrae, Anomoly
Plugged In Review: Tori Kelly, Hiding Place
Plugged In Review: Believe Me
Plugged In Review: NF, “No Name”
Plugged In Review: NF, The Search
Plugged In Review: Switchfoot, “Love Alone is Worth the Fight”
Plugged In Review: Andy Mineo, Heroes For Sale
Plugged In Review: Kanye West, Jesus is King
- Focus on the Family: Setting Media Standards
- Focus on the Family: Making Wise Entertainment Choices
- Plugged In: Tech Guide
- Focus on the Family: How to Develop Media Intelligence in Your Home