I've just been to a Delirious concert. They are a great band. I must admit that I don't listen to their music all that often (I had mainly gone along to their concert to accompany
my sister on her birthday), however they should take no offense to this as I rarely listen to music full stop!
What I really liked was that their whole concert was a time of worship to God. They had the words up for most of their songs (which was great for me as I'm hopeless at learning song words) and their media presentation was the best I have ever seen. They weren't showy in their appearance and their words could not be sung without guiding your mind to our Majestic Lord.
It was ironic that while listening to a small man in tight jeans with an incredible voice I was struck by the importance of making our worship relevant to men. I've listened to Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill in the States talk about how churches tend to 'chick-ify' the men. A friend has also mentioned John Eldredge's book 'Wild at Heart' that looks into a man's soul longing for adventure.
And yet, when I was trying to imagine a worship service suitable for men, I struggled to move away from the style of worship I have always experienced which is a far cry from being adventurous and manly. But when you look at our God you can not miss the adventure. When God created all the mountains was He not begging for the adventure of discovery and triumph? When we look at the life of Jesus do we skip over the stories of stating his mind and turning over the tables with brute aggression?
Are there men out there who follow God but maintain their manliness?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.