Sunday, April 18, 2010

Casting Crowns: If We Are The Body

The other night, my youngest daughter and I had the opportunity to see Casting Crowns in concert in Charleston, West Virginia. The show started out with a set by Caleb and Will Chapman, sons of Steven Curtis Chapman. Caleb, who is the main performer, played guitar and Will accompanied him on a variety of instruments.

The second act was Tenth Avenue North who also did a yeoman’s job in opening up for Casting Crowns. When Casting Crowns hit their first note onstage, it was obvious that the sound system was theirs and the sound techs were familiar with their music as the performance was powerful. One of the songs the band did was “If We are the Body.”

The song speaks of the church being the body of Christ; however, the body may not be performing in the manner that it should. This is a very powerful message that is accented by the delivery of this contemporary Christian group. I was not only impressed by the strong vocal talent of Mark Hall, but I was especially pleased with Melodee DeVevo’s violin work – it really added to the overall performance.

One thing I learned about this band is that all of its members are involved in youth work at local churches and they have set their tour schedule to be at home on as many Sundays as possible. What a great witness to all of us, because

“If we are the body, Why aren't His arms reaching?
Why aren't His hands healing?
Why aren't His words teaching?
And if we are the Body , why aren't His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way? – There is a way.”

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