Nudge Experiment Week 2: Hearing

Week 2 we have the privilege of ‘hearing’ from Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Stephen Petree.  Stephen shares about how he hears from God as well as how he creates music to connect others to God.  Watch the video and let me know what you think!

Nudge Week 2: Hearing

About Bob Hudson

In many ways, I see myself as a hobbit. I have this innate desire for adventure and danger and yet I live most of my life in the comfort of the Shire. I am a student of life and theology and seek to bring peace and reconciliation wherever God leads me. I am blessed to walk this life with my beautiful wife Mimi and our two teenaged daughters, Natalie and Rebecca.
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8 Responses to Nudge Experiment Week 2: Hearing

  1. Michelle says:

    Love this! Great job, Bob!

    Worship music has to be all about Jesus, not at all about us. It’s a shift in thinking for us performers turned worship leaders. It’s about laying down your pride and allowing your God-given gift to be used to help others see, hear, and feel His presence more clearly. God uses us as a liaison to guide others to engage, and we should never take that calling lightly.

  2. Bob Hudson says:

    Thanks Michelle. It’s great to see/hear from you. What are some ways you connect with God through hearing?

    • Michelle says:

      I think I primarily connect with Him through music, but unlike Stephen, I feel that connection with Him musically through the lyrics more than the instrumentation. :)

  3. Nicky says:

    As a listener and not a singer (not my gifting :)…) I could totally relate with what Stephen said about the melody being a powerful connecting force. When I am worshipping, it’s the instruments and the sound of the music first that affect me and give me that connection with God. The actual lyrics are secondary, interestingly. I remember being at a Beth Moore convention several years ago and singing “In Christ Alone” in the stadium with thousands of people and hearing the instruments get gradually louder and louder as it led to the climax of the song- the drums especially were just pounding. I got goose bumps and started to cry at that point in the song- not because of the lyrics, but because of how the instruments and the melody of the song impacted me at that moment. In church, I often stand and close my eyes during worship because I can connect with God better when my eyes are closed and I am not distracted by the room and the people. Sometimes I know the lyrics and sing along, but sometimes the lyrics escape me when my eyes are closed and I find myself getting caught up in the sound of the music and that in and of itself brings me closer to God.

    • Bob Hudson says:

      Those moments like you mention when it seems the Spirit (via the music) takes over and washes us into something transcendent is an amazing experience. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Douglas says:

    My connection with God is more of a rational, truth thing for me. So I naturally focus on the lyrics. But, lyrics are often really general, non-specific and sometimes they need to rhyme with the last word of the last stanza. That limits the words you can choose, which makes the message even more general. So, in music I plug into the emotion that the melody/song/whatever the term is, keeping in mind the truths I know about God. But, sometimes I can’t. Some of the more contemporary lyrics won’t let me. A number of worship songs seem as though they were written by teenage girls just back from a Justin Beiber concert. They have phrases that men just don’t use and don’t associate with their relationship to the Lord. I don’t want Jesus to hold me tight, or wrap his arms of love around me! I can’t even say or sing that in a literal or figurative way without laughing.
    Additionally, I believe the style of the music conveys other things too. More traditional hymns convey a sense of duty, honor, history, sobriety, and connection with past generations of Believers. The more contemporay ones seem to be more emotional and focus on love and a personal relationship with God. Both are good and appropriate: as long as they avoid that “Jesus is my boyfriend” thing!

    • Bob Hudson says:

      Doug, I love that you’re more rational. Are there ways outside of worship music that sonically move you towards God. Perhaps a stimulating conversation with a buddy over coffee? Just saying! Not trying to put words in your mouth, but I know that is one way that I’m drawn to God. Thoughts?

      And love the “Jesus is my boyfriend” thing!

  5. Jeff says:

    Hey Bob, thanks for including me in this… he obviously is a great worship leader. My connection with God now is more through my connection with the local poor, but I think worship is so important for others.

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