Sep 292010

“Thank You, O my Father
For giving us Your Son,
And leaving Your Spirit till
The work on earth is done.”

Over at Scriptorium Daily, theologian Fred Sanders (author of the new Crossway book I’m still itching to read, The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything) treats us to an exploration of the trinitarian themes found in the songs and spiritual journey of the musical dynamo Keith Green. If you think this sounds boring, you clearly haven’t read much by Fred Sanders, so now’s a good time to fix that. Here’s the link:

The Trinitarian Theology of Keith Green

Though the influence may not be the most immediately obvious (most people get Ken Medema right away), Keith’s music and passion for Jesus affected me tremendously in my formative teenage years. Sanders’ thesis, in part, is that most Christians already believe in the Trinity more strongly than they realize, and it is great to see the connection between passionate worship music and heavy-duty theological thought.

Sanders has some similar articles on the Trinity in the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” (which, significantly, Keith covered on his final album) and the worship chorus “Father/Jesus/Spirit, I Adore You,” which are also among the best studies I’ve read on the subject.

And here’s some music:

  • Thanks for posting that, Eric. Keith Green was a big part of my early years as a believer, too. I was a teenager in California when the Jesus Movement was in its heyday there. Jesus-freak theology was sometimes a little, um, freaky, but the lyrics that got it right were a boon to young believers like me. We tend to absorb what we sing, whether it’s good or bad. I’m glad Keith’s lyrics were basically good, because they were certainly influential. I still love his music, lo these many years later.

    • Indeed. Somehow I found his biography before I found his music. Just the thought that somebody could be that passionate for Jesus was encouraging beyond belief in the middle of some bewildering church situations. The music only made things better; of course I’m a sucker for a good piano player at the best of times…