Admittedly, Jars of Clay is about the only band I still listen to from my Protestant days. I especially enjoy Much Afraid. I find many of the songs in this album theologically quite accurate (a rarity among Protestant music)--especially "Overjoyed" and "Tea and Sympathy."
I always kind of held my nose, so to speak, in terms of the lyrics of most CCM, even when I was a protestant, especially because so much of that music was coming out of charasmatic churches and communities.
One who was not from that background, but rather was from a conservative, reformed presbyterian background, was James Ward. Most of his lyrics were paraphrases of scripture passages. I could still listen to most of his stuff today.
I'm glad to hear about Jars of Clay though. I think they got their start here in Pittsburgh in the mid-90's. But I may be wrong, maybe they just played here alot, because I knew someone who went to see them alot here.