While at Eden Theological Seminary’s Spring Convocation I got a real backlog of ideas for this blog (but a shortage of time for other reasons). While I was a student I got a reputation for finding sacred songs in unlikely places, and for singing them in chapel.
There’s enough process theologian in me that I wince at the notion of separating sacred and secular – I truly believe that God is imminent as well as transcendent, and is in and through all things. (I feel the same way about natural vs. supernatural, which is another blog post altogether). But for the purposes of this discussion let’s call it Secular Hymnody – songs of faith found on albums not targeted at specifically Christian audiences.
Anyway, a good pal suggested that I put together a list of secular hymns and post it as an iMix. I’d really like to do just that, but I would like to have some suggestions from you as well. If you’ve picked up a CD and found a song of faith or prayer, please let me know in the comments.
Here are some of my favorites off the top of my head:
- Power of the Gospel – Ben Harper
- Nothing But The Water (Parts 1 & 2) – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
- Someday – Los Lobos
- Heaven – Los Lonely Boys
- Jesus Was an Only Son – Bruce Springsteen
- That Was Me – Todd Snider (a Matthew 25 song in disguise!)
- Somebody’s Comin’ – Todd Snider
- In The Lord’s Arms – Ben Harper
- Jesus on the Mainline – Ry Cooder
- God Was In The Water – Bonnie Raitt
- Lord Protect My Child – Susan Tedeschi (Bob Dylan)
- Judas ‘Scariot Blues – The Band of Heathens
- Mercy Now – Mary Gauthier
I plan on updating this grooveshark playlist periodically as the songs become available.