This quote from C.S Lewis is still bouncing around my heart and head. Probably because of the depth and relevance it has to us contemporary Christian folks.
‘There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit-immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously – no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner – no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment’
– ( 1949 The Weight of Glory and other Addresses, p.45)
Second is a video from Ed Kowalczyk (former ‘LIVE’ front-man). Some years back I purchased the album “Alive”, it’s well worth checking out if you’re looking for the gospel preached outside the C.C.M zone. This clip has the song ‘Zion’ from that album. It also includes a brief intro from him on dynamics, content and production.