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Israel Houghton and New Breed, Singapore Expo

February 18, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Israel Houghton and New Breed Band in Singapore, Singapore ExpoIn the cheap seats for Israel Houghton and New Breed‘s concert at the Singapore Expo, presented by Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC).

Unlike many Contemporary Christian Music concerts, what this gig had going for it was:
1. solid musicianship – the folks on stage weren’t depending on mere volume to carry them through, the medleys were excellent, and the segues and transitions almost impossibly smooth. I guess he didn’t win four Grammy® Awards for nothin’;

Israel Houghton and New Breed Band in Singapore, Singapore Expo2. not emotionally manipulative – the hand-raising started from the first song. Then quite a few megachurch fans were rather disappointed that they weren’t whipped into frenzied jumping by the music as they had been conditioned to expect at “worship”. But biblically, one is driven to worship God not by powerful chord progressions, or driving and insistent beats, but by the objective acts of God in human history for which we can truly praise him. A chap (FCBC pastor?) who came on at the end of the concert tried to give the crowd what they wanted when he seemed to ask for something resembling a mosh (Singapore concert version, without any sort of surfing);

Israel Houghton and New Breed Band in Singapore, Singapore Expo3. no false declaration of the hall as holy ground where we would meet God, no closing of eyes in flamboyant display of prayerfulness;

Israel Houghton and New Breed Band in Singapore, Singapore Expoit was a performance and there was no attempt to hide that as Israel Houghton danced between the guitar, the keyboard, and then the drums;

Israel Houghton and New Breed Band in Singapore, Singapore Expo4. no speaking in tongues which the Bible discourages (in public at least) on account of people not understanding what they themselves are saying and no one else being edified by such babbling;

5. the lyrics to the songs, though vague, did not contain any false promises or gross misinterpretation of Scripture;

Israel Houghton and New Breed Band in Singapore, Singapore Expo6. despite the attraction of the “mosh pit” and adoring, eager faces, Israel Houghton ended the concert well IMHO by leading the audience in “Jesus at the Center of It All” and then leaving them to sing it for themselves before going out with a whimper, so that with the lights out, you were not clapping and cheering for the performers but were reminded who was the center of it all, the real headlining act. No one got forced into an emotive high – a good thing in this context, but alas, some people were actually disappointed.

Song list (though the instrumentation, arrangements etc in these recordings seem quite inferior to what i recall of the Singapore concert:

Chris Tomlin’s Our God + Awesome God (from 2:30 onwards with an out-of-tune kid, songs not inter-twined like at concert)

Everywhere That I Go

You Are Good

All Around

Yes Lord

I Am A Friend of God

I Will Search

Hillsong United’s Mighty To Save

Jesus At The Center of It All


To Worship You I Live

Holy You Are

Alpha and Omega

Moving Forward

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

I Am Not Forgotten

  1. February 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Super like. This blog post from Kevin DeYoung (great name!) over at the Gospel Coalition is pretty relevant, if you haven’t already read it: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2012/02/14/the-freedom-of-the-regulative-principle/

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