October 19, 2017

The Incomparable Ken Medema

In 1974, my youth pastor invited an amazingly gifted pianist and singer to visit our youth group and perform at our church. His name was Ken Medema. Despite blindness, he had remarkable talent as an instrumentalist, vocalist, and creative songwriter. His enthusiasm was infectious, his humor hilarious, the depth of feeling by which he communicated his faith profound.

Ken is still making wonderful music, and perhaps we’ll talk more about him in days ahead. For today, enjoy this little story and performance about church music.

 

Comments

  1. Personally I’m amazed as to how the most gifted and talented people have some type of disability. It amazes me as to how talented those who have a dsiability can be. Blindness, lack of a limb at times, and yet they still do amazing things that takes away my breath.

  2. I met Ken Medema about that same time and have always been a fan. His piano improv is amazing, but his ballads are so full of pathos, spiritual truth, and insight into the human condition. I think he has sacrificed his popularity among conservative evangelicals to stand up for his principles on women’s rights, peace, and the environment. What a great communicator.

  3. Incomparable. I remember hearing Ken in person several times as a new Christian and budding songwriter back in the mid-late 1970s. So great to see, and hear, that he’s still at it. I lost track of him since he didn’t fit the mold of the new CCM of those days, but if Ichabod is right about why he fell off the evangelical radar I’d probably resonate with him even more now.

  4. Dana Ames says:

    I attended 4 Zondervan Pastors’ Conferences in San Diego in the 2000s. Other than getting to meet N.T. Wright, my favorite part of them very quickly became Ken’s nightly song. What a gift he has been to Christians. Agree wholeheartedly with Clay and Ichabod above.

    Dana

    • Chip Shephed says:

      Ditto one of the two musicals that I enjoyed as a young Christian growing up in the 70’s John Fisher New Covenant his Evangelical Vail Productions and Ken Medema’s Moses.

  5. I like his conclusion, and I wish we would take it to heart more in our judgments over other Christians: Family matters more than style!