No ‘Gangsta’ In This Rap


When David called for the singers and instrumentalists to make a joyful noise to the Lord in the Temple, I’m not so sure he had in mind the rapping and scratching of hip-hop in the House Band. For that matter, I’m not sure Paul envisioned the felt-needs-based, market-driven, seeker-friendly ministries emerging all over the modern landscape either. But, hey, I’ve been wrong before.

Which is why this post: when I happened upon this jaw-dropping testimony of a modern-day Christian rap artist, I had to rethink the David thing. The sweet singer of Israel may have given this guy a go on his worship team after all. Believe it or not, one of today’s most respected conservative pastors did.

Curtis (a.k.a., “Voice”) Allen, itinerant preacher and rapper, has found a way to propagate his Calvinist theology with the thumping baselines of hip-hop. One of the lyrics he belts is, “I been exposed to bright lights, the doctrines of grace, I’m elected, imputed perfected, becuz of the power of God resurrected and his gift of faith, that when we see his face we’re not rejected.”

And you thought you’d heard it all…

Don’t judge a book and all that, because Mr. Allen’s (‘scuse me: Voice) true heart for Christ is seen all over this article he wrote for Boundless Webzine. I may just become a fan of the rap genre after this. “I’m a get-down preacher and a true God seeker, rollin’ with my wife cuz you know that I need her, been paralyzed for twenty-five years but ain’t no lie that He’s always been here…”

Am I white, or what?

Okay, okay, I won’t give up my day job…or maybe I’ll tackle the Arminio-Calvin genre of heavy metal, or bluegrass…yeah, bluegrass…

(if you want to see some of the actual performance at Piper’s church, with a cameo of Piper introducing Voice, go here)



9 thoughts on “No ‘Gangsta’ In This Rap

  1. J.Thomas says:

    What can I say?
    The gospel is being shared.

    Praise the Lord!


  2. Byron says:

    Terminally honky, dude. Scrap the beat-box and go for the fiddle and steel guitar, and you might have a future, kid…


  3. pasturescott says:

    Ah, Byron, my fellow follically-challenged friend…care to make it a duet? Grab a washboard…


  4. Kim Obermeyer says:


    I’m emailing you a rap video. I wanted to make sure you watch it. Melissa Turman sent it to me last week and it is GREAT! You’ll love it!



  5. April says:

    “you rollin with the wife”, that little rhyme just cracked me up!-Thanks I needed a good giggle :o)


  6. pasturescott says:

    I shall look for it, Kimmo! Will you be ready to do it for special music this Sunday?


  7. pasturescott says:

    Glad to be of service, my dear little Sis, April…I got more but I’ll wait for the dust to settle before unveiling it.


  8. pasturescott says:

    Hey Kimmo, I just watched it, and, uh, maybe you, uh, shouldn’t do the song after all?


    (actually, I liked it but don’t tell nobody, er, anybody…’specially the elders)


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