Jeremy Camp [Beyond Measure]
Posted November 25, 2008
Not another watered down, mushy, lets-hold-hands-and-feel-good CD” I said to myself as I opened Jeremy Camp’s newest album. I reluctantly put the CD into my laptop to load onto my mp3 player. As the CD downloaded I sat there drinking a glass of sweet tea. Finally the CD downloaded and Jeremy Camp took his place in the mp3 player among others like the O.C. Supertones, Disciple, Demon Hunter, Five Iron Frenzy, and so on.
As you can see Jeremy Camp was the goose in my row of ducks. Nevertheless I put on my headphones and pressed play. Right from the beginning of the CD, within the first couple songs, I heard the same message being talked about. Faith and sacrifice I kept hearing in the lyrics. I would hear things like “…show me what it means to live my life a sacrifice…I always leave everything to You…” Just that line alone could sum up the CD. As I cycled through the songs I kept hearing “faith and sacrifice” being talked about.
Finally I reached the end of the album and began to think. “Faith and sacrifice” were running through my head over and over again. I thought to myself, these two things are what all, if not most, Christians struggle with every day of their lives. Two simple concepts on their own, but when coupled together, seem impossible to live by, because without one you can not have the other.
This album, even though it lacked the musical aggression I enjoy, challenged my walk and made me think. I will end this review with two Bible verses and a quote. Look up Hebrews 11:1 and Romans 12:1. I would just write them out for you but I like to know that you are using your Bible for something besides a lint catcher.
Here is a quote from a man who inspires me to study and learn the Bible more, his name is Matt Morginsky the former lead singer for the O.C. Supertones, “I agree with having faith, but its faith in Christ we need not some blind leap into irrationality.”
Rating: 9.0 out of 10 (90%, A-)
Review written by: Mike Strubie | Review can also be found here.
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