Posted: September 13, 2009 in Music

Preacher Ken started a new sermon series today revolving around “Songs from the Agora (Marketplace).” A big part of the premise is that the songs from popular culture reveal something about the world we inhabit, and that Christians ought to be paying attention.

Ken had a great line today. He mentioned the famous quote from Willie Sutton on why he robbed banks (“Because that’s where the money is!”), and then added that the reason Jesus spent a majority of his time in the marketplace was because that’s where the people were.

Anyway, Ken is using Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the top five-hundred songs of all-time as sermon fodder, and today he used the #5 song of all time: Aretha Franklin’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.” His thesis was that the world cries out for just a little respect, and the Christian belief that we are all made in the image of God can provide the answer to that cry.

If you haven’t enjoyed Aretha in action in a while, thanks to the magic of YouTube, just follow the link below to the great Blues Brothers version of the song.


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