According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for
this world to recreate, reclaim, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of
explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. - anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. - anon
... Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument.
There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is
irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a
power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table
to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace,
reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants
us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. - anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Worshipping with Irish Band Bluetree

 
Bluetree is a Northern Irish contemporary Christian band. The band is best known for its song "God of This City", which received international exposure when it was covered by Chris Tomlin on the Passion: God of This City and Hello Love albums. As an independent artist, Bluetree signed distribution agreements with Lucid Entertainment in the USA and Kingsway in the UK & Europe for their album, God of this City.
 
  
Bluetree's MySpace Website
 
 
 
 
 
 
God Of This City by Bluetree in HD with Lyrics
 
 
 
 
Bluetree - Jesus Healer (Kingdom)
 
 
 
 
God's Plan Bluetree HQ With Lyrics
 
 
 
 
BlueTree - Burn me up
 
 
 
 
 
Review
 
 
The debut album of Irish worship band Bluetree hit No. 1 on the Christian Retail and Praise & Worship charts this week and No. 125 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart.
“With the album sales and growing success of the radio single, ‘God Of This City,’ I believe a new breakout band is on the horizon,” reported Greg Lucid, CEO of Lucid Artist, the label under which Bluetree released God Of This City in the United States on Tuesday.
 
“As the lyrics to the album’s title song say, ‘Greater things are yet to come…,’” he added after calling this week’s success an “Irish-invasion.”
 
As an independent band from Belfast, Ireland, Bluetree had recorded their debut album at the Windmill Lane Studios, the preferred studio of Irish rock group U2. The record was eventually released in September 2007 and picked up on January 24, 2008, by Fierce! Records for U.K. distribution.
 
What vaulted the band into international popularity was the hit song “God Of This City,” which was covered by worship leader Chris Tomlin on two albums and became the name and theme for the latest project and world tour of the Passion movement led by Louie Giglio.
 
Today, aside from being sung in church services around the globe, “God Of This City” has become an R&R Most Added hit single in the United States as scores of stations nationally begin playing the song.
 
“Since writing [‘God Of This City’], the band’s momentum has been nothing but fast and furious,” remarked Gospel Music Channel.
 
Though the band's name may not be drawn from Scripture, as many worship groups' tend to be, the name reveals what the band "is all about" and what they believe Christians should be doing - standing out.
 
“If you’re in a forest and there’s nothing but green trees — everything being as you’d normally see it — but then you see a blue tree with blue bark, blue leaves, blue branches, well, it would catch your eye,” explains lead singer Aaron Boyd.
 
“And as Christians we’re called to stand out, to be different—like blue trees,” he adds.
 
The band’s music style has been described as a convergence of worship, rock, and technology that crosses Chris Tomlin, Delirious, and the David Crowder Band with “the alternative aura of Oasis,” as ChristianMusicToday.com put it.
 
Since its inception, Bluetree has desired to create an atmosphere of worship where people could encounter the Spirit of God through music – “a climate where the complete expression was greater than a singular attitude of the heart and music a secondary compliment.”
 
In May 2009 the band plans to launch their charity "Stand Out International," which directly rescues kids out of the sex industry.