Jennifer Knapp Reveals She Is Gay

jennifer knapp 2009

EXCERPT:
But if you remove the social problem that homosexuality brings to the church—and the debate as to whether or not it should be called a “struggle,” because there are proponents on both sides—you remove the notion that I am living my life with a great deal of joy. It never occurred to me that I was in something that should be labeled as a “struggle.” The struggle I’ve had has been with the church, acknowledging me as a human being, trying to live the spiritual life that I’ve been called to, in whatever ramshackled, broken, frustrated way that I’ve always approached my faith. I still consider my hope to be a whole human being, to be a person of love and grace. So it’s difficult for me to say that I’ve struggled within myself, because I haven’t. I’ve struggled with other people. I’ve struggled with what that means in my own faith. I have struggled with how that perception of me will affect the way I feel about myself.

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I would be really sad if people thought this was a sword trying to cut up something I’ve been deeply moved by. Christian music has been a great surprise for me, but I didn’t aspire to be a Christian music artist. I aspired to be a Christian in my private life, and I think it’s a wonderful side effect that can happen with music—that you can get a lot of people to share in that specific experience. So it would be a tragedy if people couldn’t see the forest for the trees, to see the connectivity between Kansas and Letting Go. It’s there for me, gratefully, with a big, huge, massive sigh of relief. It’s not like I left Christian music because Christian music was bad, or that I’m not participating in church because the church is evil. It’s none of those things. For me, it’s the journey that I’m on, trying to figure things about as best I can.
-Jennifer Knapp

Read Christianity Today article with Jennifer Knapp concerning her sexuality

Stuff From All Over

It has been a little while since the last post or so. Travel and sickness has detracted from regular updates, but we are back on track!  Every Friday we try to keep you up to date on what is happening in the world of Christian music, and so without delay here are this week’s goings ons:

Indievisionmusic.com just threw up a huge music sampler for the holidays.  There are a few Christmas-like songs in there, but for the most part it is just a rockin’ sampler. Its called A Very Indie Christmas.

Ronnie from Joy Electric has issued an update on his recent recording process and the future of the band on his myspace.

Syntax Records talks about their new golden boy Kaboose and all of his recent good fortune.

Aaron from Copeland talks about his contribution to the Save The Music Foundation.

Showbread frontman Josh Dies is about to embark on a solo tour, and has posted the dates and a poster for it in anticipation.

Gnashing Of Teeth update everyone on their plans for shows, recordings, and the band’s status.

Christian metal pioneers Believer have signed to Metal Blade Records, and will release a CD in 2009.

Spoken is currently writing their new album, and Matt took some time to update everyone.

My Epic will be featured in the latest issue of AMP Magazine, go pick it up.

Indie Folkers Bodies Of Water contributed a version of “O Come O Come Emmanuel” for the Its Hard To Find A Friend- Peace On Earth: Vol II. You can download the track, and then buy the album.

The Afters new video for the song “Never Going Back To OK”, made its way onto the web this week.

The Glorious Unseen have a video of a recent interview on their myspace, although it dosent look like much got done.

The Becoming‘s new video for their song “I Cry” debuted this week.

Todd Agnew recently gave a interview for YES FM, and you can listen to it!

Christianity Today‘s Reader’s Choice awards were announced this week,  with Jeremy Camp and Skillet coming out as the big winners. Congrats!

Indie innovators Danielson give the details to their A Familyre Christmas Vol.II collection. Free Christmas music from crazy people will alwyas bring a smile to our faces.

Doomcore giants With Blood Comes Cleansing have finally given fans an update as to the future of the band.

Sixpence None The Richer have posted their video for “Silent Night”, which features vocals from Jars Of Clay frontman Dan Haseltine.

Underoath gave an interview to Metal Hammer this week, detailing their struggle over the last few years.

Addison Road‘s got robbed while they were on tour this week, read their blog to see how to help them out.

Blessed By A Broken Heart is going on tour!

Skillet video blogged some updates.

Destroy The Runner have parted way with their drummer this week, but have already replaced him.

Hearitfirst.com are celebrating 25 years in operation by giving away a bunch of tracks, 25 to be exact. You have to sign up, then you can download their massive sampler.