Sojourn Worship & Arts Pastor Mike Cosper on Indian band Aradnha, who will be in Louisville this Tuesday the 29th for a lecture and concert at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:
A few years ago, Jesse Eubanks handed me a stack of CD’s by a group called Aradnha, and I was blown away. A group of missionaries had created a distinct and beautiful blend of western and Indian folk music. The texts were rich with the gospel, and the music was gorgeous.
Aradnha represents the kind of contextualization that all of us should be doing. These are musicians who have come to love and serve the context they live in, which only happens when hours are spent listening, learning, and appreciating. In response to that immersion, they can respond and point the way to Jesus in the language and style of the people they serve with the Gospel. It’s something that I hope we continually do at Sojourn. I hope we never assume that what we’re saying – both musically and lyrically – is properly contextualized. I hope that we’re continually listening and learning to speak the musical and heart language of Louisville, Kentucky.
Aradhna is visiting Louisville at Southern Seminary Tuesday, and I encourage anyone who can to attend:
10:00am — Chapel leadership (Free)
11:30am — (Free) Lecture: “Stories from a Christ-Centered Worship Pilgrimage: Heart Songs of North India and the Kingdom of Christ”
7:30pm — Academy of Sacred Music Concert (Tickets are $5/$3 for students. Call 897-4115 or Event Productions.)
All events in Alumni Chapel
Here is ARADHNA’s site.
See the Aradhna ICW Lecture Flyer
Take a look and join us on Tuesday, September 29.