A few years ago I heard about a church in Philadelphia that was clearly proclaiming the gospel in the midst of the city, right near my alma mater, Temple University. It was called Epiphany Fellowship, and Eric Mason was the senior pastor. It excited me to think that the “city of brotherly love” was benefiting from one more solidly evangelical, gospel-preaching, servant-hearted church.
It wasn’t until later that I heard about the music they were singing and producing. It was theologically informed but combined elements from gospel, jazz, neo-soul, R&B, and CCM (Contemporary Christian Music). That got me interested.
While I’d love to see Sovereign Grace Music writing and producing the praises of the Lamb in a variety of tongues and musical styles, I’m grateful when God raises up others with a similar heart whose background, experiences, and musical cultures differ dramatically from my own middle-class, white upbringing. Epiphany Fellowship is one of those “others.”
Over the past few years I’ve been Skyping with Aaron Johnson, the musical mind and leader of DOXA, to learn more about their history and vision. It’s been a joy to hear experience his humility, passion for serving the church, and love for the Savior. As a result of our conversations, I invited Aaron to bring some of the members of DOXA, which includes his wife, Tiffany, to lead us at WorshipGod: TRIUNE, July 29-Aug. 1, in Louisville, KY. They’ll be leading on Friday morning right before Ray Ortlund, Jr. and H.B. Charles, Jr. speak. Should be an exciting time, in the best sense of the word!
As it turns out, DOXA released their first album, Centered, this past January. It’s energetic, brilliantly arranged, and most importantly, filled with biblical truths, gospel richness, and faith-filled aspirations. It contains a few originals (You Alone Are God, Our Treasure is Christ, etc.), some well known songs (Hosanna, To Him Who Sits on the Throne), hymns (Oh The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus, The Power of the Cross), spoken word (Trinity), and even a Sovereign Grace song, Nail My Glory. Which, I might add, is slightly different from our version. I appreciate that the album also features comments from Epiphany’s pastor, Eric Mason, grounding us in the meaning of the songs and pointing our affections to Christ.
I’d encourage you to check out DOXA’s album, Centered in iTunes of Amazon. And if you can, I’d love for you to join us at WorshipGod: TRIUNE. Online registration ends this Sunday July 12. If you can’t come for the whole time day and session passes will be available at the door. Hope you can make it!
And here’s a video that introduces the group and the album: