IN 1 CORINTHIANS, that party-pooping apostle Paul articulates an ongoing problem with Christian rock. "If anyone speaks in tongues he is talking with God, not with men and women," he carps. "No one understands him... it is prophesy that builds up a Christian community." Like all art designed first and foremost to attract customers/converts, Christian rock usually sidelines those who express their passion in unusual ways. It is understood that musicians have to deliver prophesy, clearly and unambiguously, or--as artists from Sam Phillips to the late Mark Heard have discovered--find themselves excommunicated from Christian music's tightly monitored... More >>>