Chris Tomlin-True Worship
One of the premier songwriters of today, Chris Tomlin is shaping the language of worship for generations present and future. And yet his gifts are rooted in one central truth, that God is the center of everything.
Even as a small town Texan boy pounding out new tunes with his rag-tag garage band, Chris Tomlin had been blessed with a passion for purpose. He wanted to be more than just another guy with a song. As he grew, he became even more aware of the fact that everything-what we do-exists only for God's glory. "God is a mystery beyond our comprehension," says Tomlin, whose most recent work includes NOT TO US, WoW Worship and Passion: Our love is Loud. "We can't figure God out. He won't be boxed in. He's bigger than all our questions and bigger than our answers. And when our lives become aligned with Him, we see life in a different light, hearts are restored and people are healed."
Tomlin's work is an organic, edgy pop blend of compelling lyrics. He is well known for his work with Passion (a ministry to college students nationwide) and for penning such classics-in-the-making as "Forever" and "We Fall Down." Tomlin's most recent recording, NOT TO US, features all original songs written or co-written by Tomlin, with a song co-written by Matt Redman (Michael W. Smith, Tree63, Passion Worship Band), perhaps the most prolific and important songwriter to come out of the UK since Graham Kendrick.
And as for the theory that this God-centered expression is a trend that will fade as quickly as it came, Tomlin disagrees. "True worship, worship in spirit and truth, has never been and will never be a trend. This style of music may be a trend, but that's because God's blowing a fresh Wind of His Spirit in so many people who are coming to realize that anything that just builds us up as people isn't worth much. What gives God the spotlight is important. And that's all we're about."