It’s not hard to demonstrate that Christian rock is often… even usually… cheesy, derivative, and shallow. Much of it sounds like commercials for Jesus rather than artistic endeavor.

But there are exceptions, although I’d prefer to take the modifier “Christian” off of those songs and just call them Songs… Good Songs.

On April 16, The New York Times ran a column by Daniel Radosh, who identifies himself as a secular Jew, author of Rapture Ready: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture.

Here, Radosh offers a list of 10 Christian rock songs worth hearing. And I’m very pleased by some of his choices. The comments on that page include some familiar names too, like Nick Purdy.

Can you name ten Christian rock songs that would qualify as great rock songs?

And if you were going to list five dos and don’ts for Christians who are songwriters, what would they be?

Thanks to David Buckna for the link!

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