If Jesus were a Rock Star

This is a series that explores the music Jesus might have written and sung had he been a modern-day musician.  At the bottom of this page is a list with links to the songs I (and anyone else who wishes to be included) have chosen so far. I have limited the list to secular, i.e. non-religious music.

It is suggested that you listen to the songs, noting any particular phrases that seem to jump out at you and paying attention to any emotions that are evoked. Then reflect on what, if any, eternal truths are evident, and why I have suggested Jesus would have been happy to sing this song.  If you have any ‘aha’ moments in this process, we’d love to hear about them.  Just email Rev. Bob at bobuc2@juno.com.

Rev. Bob’s comments on each song will appear at the bottom of the page of the next song on the list.

The first offering is Gerry Rafferty’s The Ark, which you can hear on YouTube by clicking on this link. 

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To read the lyrics for “The Ark”, click on the link below…

1) “The Ark” by Gerry Rafferty

2) “Have a Little Faith in Me” by John Hiatt

3) “In Every Grain of Sand” by Bob Dylan, sung by Liz Wright

4) “Jubilee” by Mary Chapin-Carpenter

5) “Riverbed” by Judy Blank

6) “The Hour that the Ship Comes In” by Bob Dylan sung by Peter, Paul and Mary

7) “All You Zombies” by The Hooters

8) “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

9) “The Times They are A-Changin'” by Bob Dylan

10) “Starman” by David Bowie

11) “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” by Bruce Springsteen

12) “Come the Day” by The Seekers

13) “Am I True to Myself” by Lobo

14) “Where is the love” by The Black-Eyed Peas

15) “Get Together” by The Youngbloods

16) “Speak to the Sky” by Rick Springfield

17) “The Light of a Clear Blue Morning” by Dolly Parton
18) “I Saw the Light” by Hank Williams, sung by Josh Turner

19) “How Can I Keep from Singing” by Enya


You will note the list is heavy with songs from the 60s and 70s, not only because these were the years of my adolescence and early adulthood, but because these chaotic years spawned more than the usual number of prophetic songs and songs about building a better society.  Music from the 80s onward tended to be more focussed on the individual – the ‘me’ generation – and so the pickings for Jesus got slimmer. This is not to say there were no appropriate songs to choose from, but I am not as familiar with the music of later generations.  Thanks to Susie Seale for helping me in this regard.  If younger visitors to this site wish to help me out, I would be most grateful.  Send suggestions to bobuc2@juno.com

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