The Power of Music with Dr. Michael L. Brown (Season 5, Ep. 25)

The Power of Music with Dr. Michael L. Brown (Season 5, Ep. 25)

What kind of theology is being taught through music?

Find out as Dr. Michael L. Brown discusses the impact music has on our lives and in the Gospels from his new book, "The Power of Music." Dr. Brown reveals how music affects our brain, culture, and spirit. He tells his own story of going from the Jimi Hendrix Experience to the Joy of the Lord. Listen to find out more about the revolution of music and challenge yourself to change the world one song at a time.

37 Minutes • 5 months ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Dr. Michael Brown

 

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: Before I introduce my guest for today's show, I'd like to speak with you about creating a time abundance in your life. This is that time of year when most of us are considering our ways and making plans for self-improvement. The one topic that seems to be on most of our minds at this time of year at least is time management. I've read about every book and attended multiple training seminars, too many to tell you, about on this topic. I've tried many of the apps for that. Yet I'm still enticed by every new book or blog or podcast on the topic. I just can't resist a new time management tool. But it seems that time management is focused on books like David Allen's Getting Things Done. It's a great book. It offers solid information on time management, but after reading it several times, I felt I was missing something. I still do. The book helped me with filing and desk organization and managing to-do lists and calendars. But like most books and seminars, it misses the importance of time management at home. And where is it more important than managing time at home? We have day planners and digital tools for planning our work. But for many, the details of home life are never really written and detailed in the same way as our work projects. That doesn't mean our work life is more important than our homes. But it does mean that we put less emphasis on planning the hours we share with people who matter most in our lives. I want to make sure that my family knows that I plan my home life strongly or even better than I planned at work. I remember when my children were in junior high school. I bought them the Franklin Planner System. Most of you probably know about that one. You've probably flopped the page and have done things that Franklin planner users did. And yes, Mom and Dad had some, too. So, we're a little family and for each with our Franklin planners, we went off to lunch or dinner together. Basically, if we were going out, we had our planners with us. So, I remember once when we were asked whether or not we carried our Bibles with us everywhere we went. And I kind of said, yeah, something like that. Maybe it wasn't at all. But it gave people the impression that we were glued to this notebook-looking thing for time management. When I came home from work, I had a deal where I opened my planner. I just set it up on our little island counter and my family knew that they could add anything they needed to my calendar. If they wanted me to attend a function, they wrote it on my calendar that I left in front of them on the calendar pad. If they had a band concert or a golf tournament, or my daughter was cheerleading, she wrote it on my calendar and then I attended it. Whatever it was, they wanted of my time, they scheduled it. That means it was important to them and therefore it was important to me. Sure, I attended things that weren't scheduled, but I missed a lot too. I didn't miss it, though, if it was on my calendar. It was a contract. I'm not proposing that we make our family time rigid and inflexible, but I do suggest that if we are intentional about making evening and weekend plans, we might find ourselves getting more things done with them and capturing important moments that pass way too quickly. I'd love to have any of those junior high school days back just to live it again and live it better. But we don't get that chance. I just have to teach that. Instead of simply getting things done, we should focus on getting the right things done. And when we add the word right, we certainly petition the Lord to help us with our priorities. The first verse of Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us there is an appointed time for everything and there is a time for every event under Heaven. So, let's pray for God's help in managing our time.

 

The Line of Fire on Charisma

·         North Korea, America and the Media: How Different are We?

·         How Dare Karen Pence be Christian!

·         Is it Harder to be a Man or Woman in America Today?

·         The Self-Destruction of LGBT Activism

·         Is it Too Late for America?

·         Why Should the Devil Have all the Good Music?

·         What Am I Missing When it Comes to Immigration?

 

Introduction to Dr. Michael Brown

Dr. Steve Greene: Now I get to introduce our guest that I'm so excited about. Our guest today is Dr. Michael Brown. Dr. Brown is prolific. He's written a lot of good stuff. And he's the host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show called The Line of Fire. You also may remember that Dr. Brown was a leader in the Brownsville Revival from 1996 to 2000. That Fire School that he started was the birth of many mission trips and many ministries, as a matter of fact. He's written a book that I want to talk about today that you're not going to expect came from Dr. Brown. If you know him, though, you know that it would come right directly from his heart. The Power of Music is a book that leads us by the power of Holy Spirit through music. So, let's see, I've got this little challenge I've got working with my producer, Atalie, and other friends in the company. I want to see if I can get him to do some Christian rap. So, let's welcome Dr. Michael Brown to the show. I'm so glad you're here. It's very unusual when I pick this book up. I did not expect to see by Michael Brown PhD beneath it.

Dr. Michael Brown: People, even friends of mine are surprised when they see my latest book is on the power of music. If it had been like a wake-up call, repentance for America or a book about revival, or if it had been Jewish outreach or Jewish apologetics or if there's been some doctrinal controversy, those kind of books people expect from me. But this was a surprise. I tell you, I felt really supernaturally burdened to write this. Every day when I write my latest article doing news issues, be it a book that I'm working on, I always have a sense of burden inspiration But sometimes I get unusually gripped. I get deeply gripped. I feel like something just comes pouring out of me in a certain way when I write. And that's what happened with this book. I truly believe that music is unique in its power. In the book, I even explain the effect of music on the brain and why it's so powerful. I give all kinds of examples from society and go through a lot of music history to talk about its impact on society to get the church to recognize the power of music even more.

Music in Dr. Brown’s Life

But my own life was really heavily impacted by music. The Beatles came to the United States in 1964, so I was nine years old. I had just started playing drums. I saw my first rock concert at the age of 13, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. That really opened me up to the whole world of drugs and rebellion, which shaped my life in ages of 14 to 16. I went to one rock concert after another. All the biggest groups I saw. Basically, my life was going to school, getting high, playing with a rock band, practice, going to rock concerts, listening to rock music. That was it. And then, when I got radically saved it was in a little Italian Pentecostal church and the pastor's wife playing piano. But something about those little hymns, the joy of the Lord, touched me, and I was supernaturally overcome. I don’t want to use the word supernaturally that much, but I experienced and encountered the love of God singing these little hymns in this church. One way with this destructive power music, I experienced another way with this life-giving power. I've seen it, I've lived it. I've used music in my life over the years and I feel that it is many ways the most powerful revolutionary tool we have for good or for bad depending on the message associated with it. And that's why I wrote the power of music. I was called to the change the world one song at a time.

 

Some of Dr. Brown’s Books

·         The Power of Music: God’s Call to Change the World One Song at a Time (Charisma House, 2019)

·         Breaking the Stronghold of Food: How We Conquered Food Addictions and Discovered a New Way of Living (Charisma House, 2017)

·         Go and Sin No More: A Call to Holiness

·         Love is the Way: Ten Steps to Personal Happiness

·         Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So for anyone who knows you it's really not a surprise that you've written about music. Because it’s such an integral part of your life, and it has been.

Dr. Michael Brown: In fact, in my Revolution book, I have a whole chapter on music. That of course has resonated with many a music lover, many a worshiper, many a worship leader, songwriter, musician, lyricist, that's resonated. My call has always been where are the prophetic voices in music today? Where are the Keith Green’s today? It's not to say there aren't any, but where are they? What kind of theology are we learning through our worship? Are we using music to touch the world and reach the world? I teach a class every year at Fire School of Ministry called Revolution and it's one of my core classes where I talk about how Jesus calls us to leave everything follow Him and through the gospel go change the world; the ultimate revolutionary message. One class I’ll get into the 1960s and we'll look at the counterculture revolution of the 60s. We'll see how society shifted so dramatically. There were some positive things like civil rights movement and some positive aspects of equality for women. But most of it was very destructive from radical homosexual activism to the sexual revolution to drugs and rock and Eastern religion, to radical feminism, etc. Most of it had a very negative impact on society. I'll go through the cultural shifts, then I'll go through the major events that took place from the legalizing or developing of the birth control pill to the assassination of JFK and the Civil Rights March and other assassinations. Then the rock festivals. I kind of go through the 60s and people are listening and they're taking notes. And then I say, now let me show you. I go from the Beatles on Ed Sullivan in ‘64 to Woodstock in ‘69 or to the Isle of White in 1970 showing clips from each of these events. By the time I'm done, the students are devastated. Some are crying, many are teary eyed. Almost all of them are shaken and they see through music how the society changed and how music was a vehicle for that change. I'm convinced that God-anointed Jesus-exalting truth-bearing music can have an even greater impact on society.

For the rest of Dr. Greene’s interview with Dr. Brown, click here.

 

Connect with Dr. Brown

·         Askdrbrown.org

·         Dr. Brown’s digital library

·         On Twitter @DrMichaelLBrown

·         On Facebook at AskDrBrown

·         The Line of Fire Podcast

·         By Email: info@askdrbrown.org

 

Subscribe to Dr. Brown’s newsletter, The Line of Fire.

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Dr. Michael Brown

 

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: Before I introduce my guest for today's show, I'd like to speak with you about creating a time abundance in your life. This is that time of year when most of us are considering our ways and making plans for self-improvement. The one topic that seems to be on most of our minds at this time of year at least is time management. I've read about every book and attended multiple training seminars, too many to tell you, about on this topic. I've tried many of the apps for that. Yet I'm still enticed by every new book or blog or podcast on the topic. I just can't resist a new time management tool. But it seems that time management is focused on books like David Allen's Getting Things Done. It's a great book. It offers solid information on time management, but after reading it several times, I felt I was missing something. I still do. The book helped me with filing and desk organization and managing to-do lists and calendars. But like most books and seminars, it misses the importance of time management at home. And where is it more important than managing time at home? We have day planners and digital tools for planning our work. But for many, the details of home life are never really written and detailed in the same way as our work projects. That doesn't mean our work life is more important than our homes. But it does mean that we put less emphasis on planning the hours we share with people who matter most in our lives. I want to make sure that my family knows that I plan my home life strongly or even better than I planned at work. I remember when my children were in junior high school. I bought them the Franklin Planner System. Most of you probably know about that one. You've probably flopped the page and have done things that Franklin planner users did. And yes, Mom and Dad had some, too. So, we're a little family and for each with our Franklin planners, we went off to lunch or dinner together. Basically, if we were going out, we had our planners with us. So, I remember once when we were asked whether or not we carried our Bibles with us everywhere we went. And I kind of said, yeah, something like that. Maybe it wasn't at all. But it gave people the impression that we were glued to this notebook-looking thing for time management. When I came home from work, I had a deal where I opened my planner. I just set it up on our little island counter and my family knew that they could add anything they needed to my calendar. If they wanted me to attend a function, they wrote it on my calendar that I left in front of them on the calendar pad. If they had a band concert or a golf tournament, or my daughter was cheerleading, she wrote it on my calendar and then I attended it. Whatever it was, they wanted of my time, they scheduled it. That means it was important to them and therefore it was important to me. Sure, I attended things that weren't scheduled, but I missed a lot too. I didn't miss it, though, if it was on my calendar. It was a contract. I'm not proposing that we make our family time rigid and inflexible, but I do suggest that if we are intentional about making evening and weekend plans, we might find ourselves getting more things done with them and capturing important moments that pass way too quickly. I'd love to have any of those junior high school days back just to live it again and live it better. But we don't get that chance. I just have to teach that. Instead of simply getting things done, we should focus on getting the right things done. And when we add the word right, we certainly petition the Lord to help us with our priorities. The first verse of Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us there is an appointed time for everything and there is a time for every event under Heaven. So, let's pray for God's help in managing our time.

 

The Line of Fire on Charisma

·         North Korea, America and the Media: How Different are We?

·         How Dare Karen Pence be Christian!

·         Is it Harder to be a Man or Woman in America Today?

·         The Self-Destruction of LGBT Activism

·         Is it Too Late for America?

·         Why Should the Devil Have all the Good Music?

·         What Am I Missing When it Comes to Immigration?

 

Introduction to Dr. Michael Brown

Dr. Steve Greene: Now I get to introduce our guest that I'm so excited about. Our guest today is Dr. Michael Brown. Dr. Brown is prolific. He's written a lot of good stuff. And he's the host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show called The Line of Fire. You also may remember that Dr. Brown was a leader in the Brownsville Revival from 1996 to 2000. That Fire School that he started was the birth of many mission trips and many ministries, as a matter of fact. He's written a book that I want to talk about today that you're not going to expect came from Dr. Brown. If you know him, though, you know that it would come right directly from his heart. The Power of Music is a book that leads us by the power of Holy Spirit through music. So, let's see, I've got this little challenge I've got working with my producer, Atalie, and other friends in the company. I want to see if I can get him to do some Christian rap. So, let's welcome Dr. Michael Brown to the show. I'm so glad you're here. It's very unusual when I pick this book up. I did not expect to see by Michael Brown PhD beneath it.

Dr. Michael Brown: People, even friends of mine are surprised when they see my latest book is on the power of music. If it had been like a wake-up call, repentance for America or a book about revival, or if it had been Jewish outreach or Jewish apologetics or if there's been some doctrinal controversy, those kind of books people expect from me. But this was a surprise. I tell you, I felt really supernaturally burdened to write this. Every day when I write my latest article doing news issues, be it a book that I'm working on, I always have a sense of burden inspiration But sometimes I get unusually gripped. I get deeply gripped. I feel like something just comes pouring out of me in a certain way when I write. And that's what happened with this book. I truly believe that music is unique in its power. In the book, I even explain the effect of music on the brain and why it's so powerful. I give all kinds of examples from society and go through a lot of music history to talk about its impact on society to get the church to recognize the power of music even more.

Music in Dr. Brown’s Life

But my own life was really heavily impacted by music. The Beatles came to the United States in 1964, so I was nine years old. I had just started playing drums. I saw my first rock concert at the age of 13, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. That really opened me up to the whole world of drugs and rebellion, which shaped my life in ages of 14 to 16. I went to one rock concert after another. All the biggest groups I saw. Basically, my life was going to school, getting high, playing with a rock band, practice, going to rock concerts, listening to rock music. That was it. And then, when I got radically saved it was in a little Italian Pentecostal church and the pastor's wife playing piano. But something about those little hymns, the joy of the Lord, touched me, and I was supernaturally overcome. I don’t want to use the word supernaturally that much, but I experienced and encountered the love of God singing these little hymns in this church. One way with this destructive power music, I experienced another way with this life-giving power. I've seen it, I've lived it. I've used music in my life over the years and I feel that it is many ways the most powerful revolutionary tool we have for good or for bad depending on the message associated with it. And that's why I wrote the power of music. I was called to the change the world one song at a time.

 

Some of Dr. Brown’s Books

·         The Power of Music: God’s Call to Change the World One Song at a Time (Charisma House, 2019)

·         Breaking the Stronghold of Food: How We Conquered Food Addictions and Discovered a New Way of Living (Charisma House, 2017)

·         Go and Sin No More: A Call to Holiness

·         Love is the Way: Ten Steps to Personal Happiness

·         Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So for anyone who knows you it's really not a surprise that you've written about music. Because it’s such an integral part of your life, and it has been.

Dr. Michael Brown: In fact, in my Revolution book, I have a whole chapter on music. That of course has resonated with many a music lover, many a worshiper, many a worship leader, songwriter, musician, lyricist, that's resonated. My call has always been where are the prophetic voices in music today? Where are the Keith Green’s today? It's not to say there aren't any, but where are they? What kind of theology are we learning through our worship? Are we using music to touch the world and reach the world? I teach a class every year at Fire School of Ministry called Revolution and it's one of my core classes where I talk about how Jesus calls us to leave everything follow Him and through the gospel go change the world; the ultimate revolutionary message. One class I’ll get into the 1960s and we'll look at the counterculture revolution of the 60s. We'll see how society shifted so dramatically. There were some positive things like civil rights movement and some positive aspects of equality for women. But most of it was very destructive from radical homosexual activism to the sexual revolution to drugs and rock and Eastern religion, to radical feminism, etc. Most of it had a very negative impact on society. I'll go through the cultural shifts, then I'll go through the major events that took place from the legalizing or developing of the birth control pill to the assassination of JFK and the Civil Rights March and other assassinations. Then the rock festivals. I kind of go through the 60s and people are listening and they're taking notes. And then I say, now let me show you. I go from the Beatles on Ed Sullivan in ‘64 to Woodstock in ‘69 or to the Isle of White in 1970 showing clips from each of these events. By the time I'm done, the students are devastated. Some are crying, many are teary eyed. Almost all of them are shaken and they see through music how the society changed and how music was a vehicle for that change. I'm convinced that God-anointed Jesus-exalting truth-bearing music can have an even greater impact on society.

For the rest of Dr. Greene’s interview with Dr. Brown, click here.

 

Connect with Dr. Brown

·         Askdrbrown.org

·         Dr. Brown’s digital library

·         On Twitter @DrMichaelLBrown

·         On Facebook at AskDrBrown

·         The Line of Fire Podcast

·         By Email: info@askdrbrown.org

 

Subscribe to Dr. Brown’s newsletter, The Line of Fire.

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

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The Power of Music with Dr. Michael L. Brown (Season 5, Ep. 25)