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Goodness Precedes Greatness
17 November 2009, 2:15 pm
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Jon Foreman is one of my favourite songwriters. I’ve not only enjoyed his music but his deep lyrics for the last few years. Although I am a huge Switchfoot fan, my favourite tracks are from Jon Foreman’s solo projects.

I came across an article by Foreman today written for The Huffington Post. It was a beautiful piece, much like his songwriting, called Goodness Precedes Greatness. As he describes his struggle to write songs in these present days of despair, he identifies our need for a hero, and not the superficial heroes with which our society provides us, but we need something deeper. He suggests that what we’re after is rooted in “sacrifice and surrender”.

It’s a wonderfully crafted article. Truly beautiful writing.

I don’t want to critique the article, but it’s interesting, as with his songwriting, Foreman does not point to Jesus as the hero who emulates this life of sacrifice and surrender. But still, the beauty of the gospel weaves its way through his life and writing. And the gospel is the ultimate display of beauty – beauty through pain, hope through suffering, glory through surrender, life through death.

We need to recapture the beauty while holding onto Christ.


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