Many people see music as an integral part of a church service. But not much is known about the actual role it plays in Christian worship. One Mercer University professor aims to find out.
Studio B inside Macon’s historic Capricorn Sound Studios — reopened as Mercer Music at Capricorn in December 2019 — provided the perfect backdrop for Dr. Nathan Myrick’s Understanding Rock ‘n’ Roll class. Dr. Myrick, assistant professor of church music, created the course last year as a new professor in Mercer’s School of Music.
There is a story in the family: when Nate was five he strummed madly on his mother’s guitar one day and pronounced to the room, “I think God is calling me to be a pastor.” At the end of 2013, Nate Myrick walked away from Fuller Theological Seminary with a guitar in one hand and a Master of Arts in Theology in the other.
What do lies consume? Do they consume the truth, replacing it instead with constructed reality? And once truth has been digested in the belly of belief and passed through the body of the lie, does it become a distortion of itself, the way a mirage distorts the sand of a barren desert?