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ABOVE ALL - LENNY LEBLANC

A familiar (tender) mood as far as contemporary Christian music goes but, rather than a wholesome picture of our Christ and his doctrine, we have here a lyric that dubiously detaches the love of Jesus for his fellow men (reconciled or not) from his love for, and subjection to, the eternal Father and His throne (headship) - where even the martyred apostles may not be given to sit - thereby muddling the two great commandments; which may not seem a significant doctrinal matter but is certainly a spiritual danger.

FAITH ENOUGH - JARS OF CLAY

A poignant piece that fails to deliver it's Christian potential by being neither sacred (particularly in not preaching the name of the object of saving faith, who saves not 'the world' but persons - out of this fallen world) nor secular (in that earthly trials and experience are addressed, but without putting critical difference between these matters and the cruces - and realms - of the vaguely expressed faith).

HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD - CHRIS TOMLIN

A great devotional (no pun intended). Praise be to our glorious God ! The strength of this creditable song however, is substantially given over to the glory of (worldly) conventional rock techniques (appealing to the natural ear) rather than the power and glory of God's spirit - given his place by more modest (or classical) musical forms, or a resounding traditional choir for example.