'What would Jesus rap about': Mentor man shares voice of black Christian rapper in book
He began exploring the possibility of getting his dissertation published about four years ago.
It really only required tweaking, he said, to turn it from a scholarly focus to a work more open to a broader audience.
And while Moody’s focus is on the black Christian rapper, his work does provoke thoughts regarding the tools any church uses to reach out.
“Churches are using these tools to reach the masses,” he said. And yet, “in a lot of churches, doors are not open to this type of music.
“It’s too closely tied to secular rap music.”
Because rap music is often associated with things like guns and drugs and a “gangsta” lifestyle, there’s “a lot of baggage when you use the term,” he said.
That’s a lot for the black Christian rapper to overcome in his quest to reach youth of today.
Yet artists like Kirk Franklin have done just that.
Like the secular rap artist, Franklin uses the poetic language of rap to express his own personal trials and tribulations; his adulation of Jesus Christ is spiritually choreographed internally and expressed outwardly through rap and hip hop music.