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« on: June 28, 2014, 11:07:58 PM »

I'm curious, any other Michael Card fans here? I know he's not Orthodox, but his particular style of theology-as-story, and his Biblical basis for all his songs seems to fit very well with Orthodox faith in my opinion. His poetics also in many ways helped me to mesh well with the poetics of Orthodox liturgy.
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2014, 01:20:00 AM »

I enjoy his music too; it puts me in a worshipful mood and I appreciate the depth of his lyrics. (I'm a Presby on a journey toward Orthodoxy).
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2014, 06:36:12 PM »

No way! Me too. How long has your journey been going on?
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2014, 07:47:48 PM »

I think he's a talented individual, but his music never resonated with me. It comes off as a little pretentious. Not soulful enough for my tastes. But not much contemporary Christian music is. Just my opinion.

I had a good friend who played in Michael Card's band for a while. My friend was a Christian, but he was a very broken and hurt person (he died from alcoholism a few years ago). He was so excited when he joined Michael Card's band. I'd never seen him so happy. He looked up to Michael Card and thought touring with him would be a wonderful experience that would benefit him spiritually. But he said that Michael Card was very cold and aloof, and my friend became disillusioned with the whole experience.

I have no idea what kind of person Michael Card really is, and my friend's experience is in no way an objective indictment of Michael Card's character. But I confess that my love for my friend soured me a bit on Michael Card. Although my opinion about his music has nothing to do with that.


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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2014, 09:36:41 PM »

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. May his memory be eternal.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2014, 11:14:31 PM »

No way! Me too. How long has your journey been going on?

Initially started around 2006 or so but my inquiry into Orthodoxy wasn't consistent through the years.  Over the last number of months I have been more on fire and hungry to know the truth. I attend liturgy when I’m able. We have a GOA church here in town and that’s where I’ve been visiting.  (An hour’s drive and further distances there are more GOA’s and churches under other jurisdictions in my area) Have been reading some books on my own and recently Father suggested a book on prayer for me to read.  I am following a simple prayer rule, using the little red Prayerbook for Orthodox Christians every day. 

Where are you in your journey?
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2014, 11:29:59 PM »


I had a good friend who played in Michael Card's band for a while. My friend was a Christian, but he was a very broken and hurt person (he died from alcoholism a few years ago).

Sorry to hear about your friend.  He must have had many struggles in this life.  May he be at peace now.
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2014, 12:46:05 AM »

Thank you littlepilgrim and Charalambis.


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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2014, 02:41:02 PM »

No way! Me too. How long has your journey been going on?

Initially started around 2006 or so but my inquiry into Orthodoxy wasn't consistent through the years.  Over the last number of months I have been more on fire and hungry to know the truth. I attend liturgy when I’m able. We have a GOA church here in town and that’s where I’ve been visiting.  (An hour’s drive and further distances there are more GOA’s and churches under other jurisdictions in my area) Have been reading some books on my own and recently Father suggested a book on prayer for me to read.  I am following a simple prayer rule, using the little red Prayerbook for Orthodox Christians every day. 

Where are you in your journey?


I started probably 2 years ago now, so 2012. I also attend liturgy when I'm able. I'm most interested in Syriac Orthodoxy for its Middle Eastern/Semitic connections, but those churches are hard to find outside of major urban centers. In the meantime, I've been attending Greek Orthodox churches and reading lots of literature on the subject. I've also connected with some Orthodox Christians on my college campus. I don't have a consistent prayer rule, but I do often pray parts the Syriac Divine Office in the morning and evening, along with frequent use of the Jesus Prayer.
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2014, 08:16:15 PM »

I'm curious, any other Michael Card fans here? I know he's not Orthodox,

Well I am shocked!

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Seriously, though, you just made me think of a conversation I had in the late 90s with a fellow Catholic. We were discussion Michael Card and John Michael Talbot's "One Faith", and he said that he liked it in some ways, but didn't like a protestant singing it because non-Catholics cannot pray for Christian unity. (That's not an exact quote, but I'm sure it's pretty close to his words.) And this wasn't a hard-core traditionalist.
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