Monday, 28 June 2010

What I Really Think of Paul Baloche (& Bob Kauflin)

…Just to clarify. Most people got the joke, but Friday’s post was meant to be humorous.

I do not really think Paul Baloche is a “ruthless multimillionaire."

When I originally wrote the post it contained the name of another Christian musician, but it dawned on me that, as this person is an award winning multi-platinum recording artist, there may just be someone out there dumb enough to think I really meant it when I said they might steal your songs.

So I tried to think of the most ridiculously unlikely people in Christian music to be multimillionaire song thieves. I picked Paul Baloche and Bob Kauflin. I thought the concept would be so outrageous as to signal loud and clear THIS IS A JOKE! Maybe I should have thrown in an army of flying monkey henchmen and a secret hideout in the Bavarian mountains ‘cos it obviously wasn’t clear enough. And I upset someone who I respect a lot.

So, without irony, sarcasm, hyperbole or any other literary judo, here’s what I think of Paul Baloche.

The Truth About Paul

Paul is one of the best songwriters and teachers on the art of worship leading alive today. He has written classics like Open The Eyes Of My Heart Lord, Your Name, What Can I Do & Praise Is Rising & I have loved his writing ever since hearing the ‘He Is Faithful’ CD 18 years.

He wrote the book God Songs which I have read 3 times from cover to cover & recommended (and sometimes even given away) to just about everyone who’s ever asked my advice on songwriting.

He’s displayed diligence, working hard to master the craft of writing songs for the local church, humility in the face of criticism of his song “Above All”, been a model of faithfulness in serving one congregation for over 20 years and an example of cross cultural ministry in recording a French language worship album. Lastly there is an unfailing generosity that he displays through all his training resources.

And now you can add the graciousness he managed to display when commenting on my blog even when he felt he was being personally attacked.

So he’s a good guy. And if you changed the book and song titles pretty much everything I’ve said could apply to Bob Kauflin too. Even if he does sit on a golden throne.*

Today's Lesson

Being a Christian blog, and having apologised personally & publically, recanted, retracted, corrected & repented, it only remains for me to explain what lesson I’ve learned from this experience.

It’s this. A sense of humour sometimes gets lost in translation, but regardless of that, every man has the right to have no sense of humour at all where his own reputation and good name is concerned.

Now excuse me while I patch things up with Lady Gaga.

* Yes this is a joke. But at least it’s not MY joke.

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  1. Paul Baloche29/6/10 4:03 am

    Thanks Matt. You didn't have to go overboard with your kind words, but I'll pass them through the filter of the Holy Spirit to keep them from inflating my ego. Thanks for being a good sport and for cutting me some slack in the "can't take a joke" category. I'll have to brush up on some old Monty Python or Ricky Gervais to toughen up my skin.
    Keep up the great work on your site. I'm a fan.



  2. Intense. Man, I learned a while ago that if you call someone "fatty", no matter how skinny they are they never seem to realise you're joking.

    And now I need to go and edit one of my posts where I was mean about Martin Layzell. Just in case he reads it...

  3. @Paul -

    If you think some praise is due him
    now's the time to slip it to him,
    For he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead.

    Fan? I'd settle for being able to walk the streets of Lindale without being harrassed by your flying monkey henchmen...(this is a joke)

    Good luck with your studies - here's something to get you started

    “My brother`s been really ill in hospital for weeks after the fire at his house. He was doing well until they covered his burns in grease. Now he`s going downhill fast”

    @Andy - being a good evangelical I believe in the sufficiency of scripture but if we could pick and choose I'd vote for sneaking "if you call someone "fatty", no matter how skinny they are they never seem to realise you're joking. somewhere into Proverbs.

    Wisdom to live by my friend.

    BTW Aren't you the guy who said Martin stole bicycle seats and treated terrapins in a cruel and unusual manner?

    Shame on you! I would never do anything like that...


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