October 20th, 2013
05:00 AM ET

CNN exclusive: Chris Tomlin's new music video

By the CNN Belief Blog Editors
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(CNN)– One of the most popular artists on the planet, Chris Tomlin, is about to release a new music video, and CNN's Belief Blog has an exclusive first look.

Next week Tomlin is releasing a deluxe CD/DVD edition of his chart-topping album "Burning Lights."

The CNN Belief Blog is the only place you can see Tomlin's new video, "God's Great Dance Floor," filmed live at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

In March, we profiled the popular Christian singer, whose songs are sung by as many as 30 million people each week at churches across the country.

CNN Belief – Chris Tomlin, king of the sing-along

As lively as (Tomlin's) shows are, the point is not to get you inside the doors. The point is to get you singing in church.

“I strive for trying to write something that people can sing, that people want to sing, and that people need to sing,” Tomlin explained before the show.

Tomlin is the undisputed king of worship music, a genre of Christian music sung on Sunday mornings all across the world and increasingly played on Christian radio stations. The music is simple, devotional and easy on the ears.

“We would say that Chris is the most prolific songwriter in the United States now, in this past decade,” said Howard Rachinski, CEO of Christian Copyright Licensing International, the company that tracks what music is used in churches around the world.

In 2012, CCLI paid out $40 million to artists and musicians, and Tomlin got a healthy slice of that pie. Churches around the world used 128 songs he wrote or co-wrote last year, Rachinski said.

CCLI estimates that every Sunday in the United States, between 60,000 and 120,000 churches are singing Tomlin’s songs. By extrapolating that data, Rachinski says, “our best guess would be in the United States on any given Sunday, 20 to 30 million people would be singing Chris Tomlin's songs.”

Chris Tomlin's "God's Great Dance Floor" video from "Burning Lights" Deluxe Edition CD/DVD appears here courtesy of Capitol Christian music group.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson - The Perimeter of Ignorance

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRitr8RYsh4 version=3&w=640&h=390]

    November 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
  2. test


    October 29, 2013 at 11:18 am |
  3. Matt


    October 29, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  4. aldewacs2

    Jeebus may have been an early version of David Copperfield....?

    October 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
  5. Rett

    G to the T.....actually I was quoting Josh McDowell but he could have gotten it from Lewis. BTW what is the accurate record of the teachings of the historical Jesus?

    October 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
  6. Atheism is the natural state of children and every living thing

    Their lies couldn't change things

    October 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
  7. ME II

    "With tons of water on top of them? Pressure changes the sediment into rock. Then, with the plates shifted, the rock would fracture creating the crack. Last, water draining away and subsequent rains would smooth it out."

    Ok, now you're just making stuff up.
    What evidence is there that the various types of rock, mind you limestone above sandstone above shale above limestone above shale above sandstone etc., involving various mechanisms of lithification could all have been completed in less than a year?

    What fracture?

    "So, what faults existed 4000 years ago in that area?"

    Accourding to the USGS only two faults, the Hurricane and the Sevier/Toroweap, are less than 15,000 years old and they cut across the Grand Canyon not along it. Most faults in the area are older than 130,000 years and still don't support a rift valley. If you want a rift valley, just look a few hundred(?) miles east at the Rio Grand Rift Valley and compare.

    "How do you explain the difference in height between the same strata layer of the two rims?"

    Umm... things don't happen evenly in nature. I think the term is 'differential uplift', but there have been many forces acting on the area over a huge amount of time. "Elevations on the plateau range from 3,000 to 14,000 feet with an average of 5,200 feet." (http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/education/foos/plateau.pdf)
    A few hundred feet in a ~10 mile strech across the canyon doesn't seem that wild.

    Here's a few questions for you.

    How do you explain the layers of limestone that generally take millenia to form from shells of tiny organisms?

    How do you explain those layers with both shale and sandstone above and below them?

    How do you explain raindrop and ripple "fossils" within the Canyon strata?

    October 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • Crom

      I saw this bloke make a planet just the other day. It only takes about a minute. You should try it. It looks like fun.

      October 23, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
      • john d. herring

        have you heard of e.l.s.a. my invention a device that make`s energy from gravity save the world I live in Hillsborough n.h.

        October 29, 2013 at 6:39 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      L4H doesn't believe that the universe has existed for millions of years.
      If you point to something like radioactive isotope decay as a means of dating, L4H will just ask how you know that the decay rate has always been constant. Oh sure, it's been constant since science discovered it, but maybe radioactivity acted differently before the Curies – Schrodinger's isotope, if you will.
      Point to ice cores as a means of showing an Earth older than 6000 years and L4H will deny that the antarctic climate and is light/dark cycle has been consistent.
      After all, were YOU there 20,000 years ago to experience it?

      They'll reluctantly admit that 1 apple plus 1 apple equals 2 apples, but if you then extrapolate that 1 million apples plus 1 million apples equals 2 million apples, L4H will insist you're wrong until you both count all 2 million apples.

      October 24, 2013 at 8:59 am |
      • Science

        Hey Doc L4H does believe in a LIST though.

        October 24, 2013 at 10:07 am |
    • Science

      Something for L4H to add to list.

      Astronomers have found a galaxy far, far away—13.1 billion light-years from Earth, to be exact.


      October 24, 2013 at 11:56 am |
      • Born2BModerated

        God made the light just before he made those stars.
        So it proves nothing that the light seems to have been traveling for a long time to get here.

        If this is all you have to show the bible is crap, you don't know the bible very well.

        October 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
        • Science

          Hey Born2BModerated

          The talking snake and sin ..............to funny.

          October 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
        • *

          * too

          October 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
        • Born2BModerated

          No married virgin?
          No flood?
          No flat earth?
          No miracles?
          What were jusus's last words?

          October 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
        • Science

          Oops on the too.

          Do not forget the talking donkey!

          By the way......

          Darwin's Dilemma Resolved: Evolution's 'Big Bang' Explained by Five Times Faster Rates of Evolution


          October 25, 2013 at 8:43 am |
  8. Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

    Musical collaborations involving religious themes often involve performers, lyrics and music that easily traverse differing religions. Take the following case – Russian Orthodoxy, Judaism and Mormonism:

    Tchaikovsky wrote the 1812 Overture in in 1880 to commemorate Russia's defense of its motherland against Napoleon's invading Grande Armée in 1812. The piece has no connection to the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain, but was personally conducted by Tchaikovsky in 1891 at the opening of Carnegie Hall in New York City.

    Although Tchaikovsky allowed for "open instrumentation" regarding brass/organ, the opening Russian Orthodox Troparion of the Holy Cross was always slated for four cellos and two violas. (First ~2 1/2 minutes of the piece.) That is, until Jewish Hungarian Eugene Ormandy, a conductor and violinist, at the height of his 44-year tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra, asked Igor Buketoff, another American conductor, to arrange the opening for a cappella chorus. This eventually led to one of the most interesting recordings of the piece, already known for its optional inclusion of live cannons and carillon. Recorded in 1970, this is Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Eugene Ormandy, where Ormandy utilized the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to perform the opening chant in just the first few minutes accompanied by organ. There's only one way to listen to this – volume way up! (I still get goosebumps from the tenor swell at 1:30.)


    One thing about this recording I've always wondered about is whether the choir and orchestra parts were recorded together or separately and then merged.

    October 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • Vic

      The same year (1812) that Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner where the first version of "In God We Trust" appeared!

      October 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
      • Science

        Hey Vic what do you say about this ....................75 million years ago. Not a dragon.

        High School Student Discovers Skeleton of Baby Dinosaur

        Oct. 22, 2013 — A chance find by a high school student led to the youngest, smallest and most complete fossil skeleton yet known from the iconic tube-crested dinosaur Parasaurolophus.


        October 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
      • Science Assistant


        The 46-million-year-old meal: Scientists discover mosquito fossil so well-preserved that it still has blood in its stomach.
        ... the mosquito proves certain complex organic molecules such as haem can be preserved.


        October 23, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
      • Science

        Hey Vic

        Clue it was found in the USA.

        October 24, 2013 at 8:24 am |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things ,

    October 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  10. Vic

    Now, on the comments related to the topic itself, I believe this is more of a modern music to bring about "worship" than a "modern worship" music.

    October 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      A distinction without a difference.
      This guys music is bland, uninspred and formulated...not composed. It is generic paint by number music and exceptionally boring.

      October 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  11. Reddman


    October 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  12. Lawrence of Arabia

    How in the world did this conversation go from a debate on the legitimacy of some modern so-called "worship" music to a look at the Genesis flood story? Talk about a non sequitur...

    October 23, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • Cello

      What is "modern so-called worship"?

      October 23, 2013 at 11:30 am |
      • Prince Georgie was christened!

        If the self-righteous ever make it to heaven, they will be condemning every else there. 😉

        October 23, 2013 at 11:32 am |
        • Holier than thou...

          He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give t I thes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ ...

          October 23, 2013 at 11:36 am |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          1 John 4:1-2 – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

          October 23, 2013 at 11:40 am |
      • Billy

        Theism <- not that    Atheism
        music     <- not that     modern so-called worship "music"

        October 23, 2013 at 11:36 am |
      • Lawrence of Arabia

        In short, just look up the "Charismatic Movement."
        Dr. MacArthur is in the middle of a conference now called "Strange Fire" that is dealing with this very issue. There are a lot of videos on YouTube about the conference now too.

        October 23, 2013 at 11:38 am |
        • Cello

          The sooner you realize that it not about Dr. MacArthur anymore, and it's all about Jesus and focusing on Him when you worship, the better off you are.

          October 23, 2013 at 11:44 am |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          I agree with you. I only mentioned him because of the conference going on now that deals with the topic.

          October 23, 2013 at 11:47 am |
      • willy wonka

        What is modern so-called worship?

        Using electronic instruments, perhaps?!

        October 23, 2013 at 11:41 am |
        • Billy

          Yeah – now you can even correct vocal mistakes and anyone can come out sounding like Carrie Underwood.

          October 23, 2013 at 11:42 am |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          No, it's sappy emotionalism with a lack of theology. The great hymn writers took passages of scripture or theology taught in scripture and put them to music. Today, many modern writers induce hypnotic tones to get emotion, but there's no theology, and if there is, it is very shallow.

          October 23, 2013 at 11:44 am |
        • Doc Vestibule

          For every great art inspired by faith, there is an unfortunate dearth of junk and pablum, to be certain.
          As an aside, have you ever heard Mark Lanegan's music? He performs with quite a number of bands, but some of his best music is quite spiritual and very Christian.
          If you get a moment for Youtube, you should check out his song "Revival" with the Soulsavers, "On Jesus' Program" from his solo catalog and last year's "Dark Mark does Christmas" album (his rendition of "we three kings" is particularly haunting).

          October 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          "Revival" with the Soulsaversm, "On Jesus' Program"...
          See, this is the kind of thing I'm talking about... It's music and imagery that's designed to get an emotional response, but no theology... God doesn't call for revival, He calls for repentance...

          If you want to see an example of modern music that's theologically sound, YouTube "Redeemed" by Big Daddy Weave... I know it's a cheezy name, but it's a good song.

          October 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          Does this fit your criteria? Why or why not?


          October 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • Cello

      Sadly, you are so caught up in "your" theology, that you have forgotten the message of Jesus completely.

      October 23, 2013 at 11:49 am |
      • Lawrence of Arabia

        I have? Then tell me what the message is that I've missed somewhere...

        October 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
        • Cello

          Your seem to be fixated by the "doctrine according to MacArthur", that right there is your problem.

          October 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      The conversation evolved into that discussion, but since you don't believe in evolution, you'll probably think that god wanted the conversation to go there.

      October 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
      • Lawrence of Arabia

        God's providence weaves throughout all aspects of life, and the sovereignty of God (absolute rule) is clearly established by scripture... Oh, wait, you were trying to be funny...

        October 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
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