On Sunday we — “we” here meaning “the global, historical, and future Christian Church” — celebrated Pentecost! And to keep the party going, I have Pentecost Playlist that I’d love to share with you.
I shared some of my thoughts on a few songs here. Today, I thought I’d share a few more.
The Pentecost Playlist: Because We (Keep On) Celebrate(ing) with Music
If you haven’t already, get access to the entire playlist here. Below are 5 songs from the playlist and a few words on why I love listening to it during Pentecost (and over here are thoughts on 5 different Pentecost-ey songs).
1. “Light My Fire” by The Doors. Especially in conversation with Jesus’s words that the Church will do “much greater things” than he did (which is a pretty lofty standard for going higher).
2. “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel. Because of course. The Spirit did, and then Billy lists all the people and places that the Spirit works in and through, including people who did terrible things. Because even what was intended for evil, God will use for good.
3. “Burn Me” by Naomi Wachira. (If you don’t know Naomi, her self-titled album makes my heart sing.) This song speaks to some of the ambivalence about relationship with God — God is sweet like honey, a great companion, but you might get burnt.
4. “This Fire” by Franz Ferdinand. The building energy of the rhythm and lyrics of spreading fire from the individual (“fire in me”) to the city (“I’m gonna burn this city”) feels like a perfect summary for the explosive growth of the early Church — and its effect on the empire’s power.
5. “Burn” by Ellie Goulding. Cause yeah we’ve got the fire, and we gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn.
I’m struck by how many of these play with the line between creative passion and destructive passion. What do you make of that?