Doxa Theo is a liturgically-based band made up of creatives spread across the country, writing songs & cultivating community. According to their website, Doxa Theo is simply a friendship with Jesus bleeding over into a friendship between the artists, & having these tracks wash over me for the past few weeks I can hear just that.
Having already heard of some of the band members, & even reviewed one of their albums, this project is set apart. It’s simply amazing – true art. I grew up in the liturgical church & have spent most of my life attempting to marry the ancient with modern & I love that Future Glory does just that. It is both beautiful & mysterious.
Anchoring us with “Doxology“, we are then set us adrift by “Cover Me”, a beautiful piano-driven track. There is something rich and timeless about it, like a marriage between the classic 90’s Vineyard and modern artists like Ex Nihilo, with a little Joe Day & Gungor thrown in for added flavor.
“No other Fountain” lyrically echoes the Psalms & calls on the name of Jesus, asking not only for wholeness but for the realization of what has been promised.
“I am a child of the cross, & You promised Your love.”
I have always been a fan of dragging vocals like on the song “Reliance”. It is a song that sounds like a slowed down male vocal cover of the Cardigans. If it wasn’t soothing enough already, it ends with a gorgeous string section that relaxed me as I listened.
“Grace & Peace” – This group loves to mix it up with the phrasing & makes for a more poetic worship experience. I could see this one used corporately. It interweaves theology with personal expression that makes for a nice cocktail.
Track after track we’re met with such rich sonic goodness. One song, in particular, wrecked me: the female led “Beautifully Broken”. A theme that I’ve been praying lately is “who is this King that would leave His throne of glory”… He is a “beautifully broken” king. Our king was broken & at the same time loves for all eternity, WE, who are broken. It’s a powerful song.
With anything that leans in a liturgical direction, Doxa Theo’s lyrics require careful inspection. There are some slight variations in the “non-essentials” of our faith, and it’s important to not only listen to make sure your church agrees with the content before you lead these, but also to listen & worship along with an open Spirit, ready to be challenged.
This album that will seem familiar, yet at the same time breaks new ground, & I love Doxa Theo for it. Well worth picking up a copy!
Joel Klampert is a Married father of 4. Pastor of Ember Church. Photographer. Designer. Admirer of Beauty. Worshiper. Innovator. Visionary steeped in the ancient and drawn to the future. Hopelessly flawed. Defined by grace. Joel blogs at Klampert.com