Christian Worldview 101: The Playlist

One of my favorite traditions with my husband is to make themed mix-CDs whenever we go on a road trip. 

The themes can be about anything, but many of the most meaningful have been spiritual themes. The great thing about the “spiritual” mixes is that we don’t always have enough “Christian” songs to complete the theme, so we end up using “secular” songs in ways we wouldn’t have imagined, and we see both those songs and our faith in a new way. Some of my favorites have included a different CD for each week of Advent, CDs for Holy Week, one called “notes from God,” which comprised a collection of songs that sounded like they were written from God’s point of view, and, my personal favorite, “Christian Worldview 101,” which told the Christian story of Creation, Fall, and Redemption through songs. Here are the track listings:

Creation 
(and its implications: Creation is good, God had a plan before time began, nature reveals God, and humanity is made in God’s image as fellow creators)

1. “Good Day Sunshine” by The Beatles
2. “Before There Was Time” by Caedmon’s Call
3. “God of Creation” by David Crowder Band
4. “Let There Be Light” by Andrew Peterson
5. “Calling Out Your Name” by Rich Mullins

The Fall
(Edenic fall into sin and representations of its effects)

6. “Adam” by The Bittersweets
7. “Revenge” by Jon Foreman
8. “Not California” by Hem
9. “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles

Longing for the Messiah:

10. “Meant to Live” by Switchfoot
11. “Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer
12. “Peace Child (O Come Emmanuel)” by The Normals

Life of Christ — incarnation and death on cross (okay, I know the Sufjan song is about Santa and stuff, but, as I wrote last Christmas, nothing else expresses Christmas joy quite as well as this song, for me):

13. “Come On! Let’s Boogie to the Elf Dance” by Sufjan Stephens.
14. “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” by Stewart Townsend, as performed live by Skillet

Redemption — from individual conversion to the general defeat of death to the eternal reign of Christ:

15. “Remedy” by David Crowder Band
16. “I Saw the Light” by Hank Williams (and others), as performed by David Crowder Band
17. “Baptize my Mind” by Jon Foreman
18. “Death Shall Have No Dominion” by The Bittersweets
19. “Raise Up the Crown (All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name)” by Chris Tomlin
20. “In the House of God Forever” by Jon Foreman

Aside from revealing some obvious biases in my music taste (you have to like folk-rock to enjoy this playlist), these songs, for me, tell the story of Christianity in a unique and moving way. I could explain each of the choices, but I think the songs speak better than I could. So, I made a Youtube playlist with all the songs. The only one I couldn’t find is
“Death Shall Have No Dominion” by The Bittersweets, so here’s the Grooveshark link for that. Also, while writing this, I realized that I forgot to include Eleanor Rigby, by the Beatles, but you all know that one already, right? — Right? — I mean, if you don’t, for the love of everything good and beautiful, go buy the Beatles Number 1 hits CD right now to start your education!


Enjoy!

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