Retuned was established to explore music of all genres and cultures, through the grid of the gospel. The following five points make up our foundational framework.
1. The Gospel
The gospel is the story of how Jesus lived and what he did by dying on the cross, rising out of the grave and overcoming sin, death and hell. It is not the story of what we have done or what we will do for God. The entire bible reveals to us the redemptive plan of history through Jesus, set in motion by God from the beginning of time.
We love music of all kinds. From Bach to hip-hop, our tastes are varied and eclectic. We also realize that not all music is good for us to listen to, so when we first encounter a piece of music we follow the Mark Driscoll framework of “receive, reject, redeem.” Can we receive and listen to this music without any harm? Do we need to reject this music because of its message? Can this music be redeemed and used in such a way as to communicate the message of the gospel?
3. Music as Worship
Music was created to glorify God and not to glorify ourselves. In the Bible, God is worshiped through song beginning with Jubal (Gen. 4:21) and ending with the Song of the Redeemed (Rev. 14:1-5). The bible is filled with songs glorifying God, from the Psalms, to Mary’s Magnficat (Luke 1:46-55), to the hymn the disciples sang after eating their last meal with Jesus (Matt. 26:30 and Luke 14:26), to the early hymns of the church (Eph. 5:14, Col. 1:15-20, 1 Tim. 6:15-16, 1 Tim. 3:16, 2 Tim. 2:11-13, Hebrews 1:3, Philippians 2:5-11).
4. Music as Mission
All cultures around the world create and listen to music and music can be used as an entry point to start a discussion about the gospel. Like Paul at Mars Hill who was familiar with their “poets” (Acts 17:28), we want to be familiar with the “poets” of our day (i.e. musicians, songwriters, etc). With this knowledge we can communicate the gospel in such a way that the people of a particular culture can understand it.
5. Theology Through Music
Not only do we approach music with a gospel-centered worldview but we also think that music can be used to explain the gospel. Duke University professor and classical pianist Jeremy Begbie states, “…the power of music can help us unlock the great truths of the Christian gospel.” We agree.