About a year or so ago, I wrote a couple of blog posts expressing my concern (here and here) about the increasing prevalence of Christian Rap music in Reformed circles. Shortly after these posts I was contacted by Shai Linne, a Christian Rapper, when he was in Grand Rapids and we met for lunch. It was a helpful time and while we agreed to disagree, I believe we did so in love and with mutual respect. (It’s very hard to disagree with someone who is so Christ-centered, humble, and likeable). I followed up with a few questions and promised Shai that, after a bit of a break, we would continue the discussion – in public if we felt it would be profitable for others.
So here’s the first installment of that discussion. It’s more of a “get-to-know-you” podcast, and we plan to follow it up with a more vigorous debate on the pros and cons of using Rap to worship God, communicate the truth, evangelize, etc.