There has been some discussion in recent weeks among several members within our church body regarding music. Not just music that we sing in our worship service, but music that we listen to throughout the week at home, work, or in the car. There seems to be an underlying theme in many of these conversations: what are the good, biblically sound, theologically rich music artists, songs, or albums that you recommend? 

If you’ve attended Kootenai Church for any period of time, you know that the music we sing during our worship service is theologically rich and doctrinally sound. We often go through our song list and weed out songs that aren’t necessarily bad to sing, but just don’t offer the depth that we are looking for in our music. This is an ongoing process that we continue to fine-tune and refine.

The new music we add to our list is put through a series of checks for proper theology, authorship, and other relevant reference points. Perhaps more on this in a different blog post later. As you can imagine, there are probably more songs and artists that we choose not to sing, than ones we do. 

I have come to appreciate the hard work that artists such as Bob Kauflin, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Andrew Peterson, Stuart Townend, and others have put into their songwriting efforts. The church has benefited greatly from their God-given musical talents. 

Many of you use Spotify or Apple Music quite often for your music choices. Both platforms give the ability to create and share playlists with others. I have created five playlists filled with trusted songs designed for those who are looking for good, wholesome music to listen to. 

They are broken down as follows: 

  1. Kootenai Christmas – Self-explanatory, and hopefully you don’t start listening to this playlist until the day after Thanksgiving.
  2. Kootenai Instrumental – Music from artists like Fernando Ortega, Jeff Lippencott, R.C. Sproul, and others. 
  3. Kootenai Kids – Tailored for children by artists like Sovereign Grace, Keith & Kristyn Getty, and The Corner Room.
  4. Kootenai Worship – Songs that we sing during the music portion of our morning worship.
  5. Kootenai Music – Albums by artists such as Keith & Kristyn Getty, Sovereign Grace, Norton Hall Band, CityAlight, and more.

These playlists will change over time as songs, albums, and artists will be added or deleted. I have added links below to both the Spotify and Apple Music playlists. While Apple Music requires a subscription of $9.99/mo., Spotify does have a free option, but you will hear a brief ad approximately every few songs. If you want to go ad-free, Spotify does have a premium option to remove ads starting at $9.99/mo., similar to Apple Music. Both offer free trials of their ad-free subscriptions. May the music found on these playlists deepen your love for God, exalt the name of Christ, and edify His church! Happy listening!

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