Hi, my name is Scott Martz and I have been a parish pastor for the last seventeen years. I am a member of the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) which is a confessional and conservative Lutheran church body headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. In our circles there is a lot of criticism and skepticism over songs in the genre of Christian Contemporary. Often songs in this genre are labeled shallow and lacking in substance compared to the ancient hymns of the Christian Church which have outlived their original composers by hundreds of years. The purpose of this blog is to provide readers (many of whom will be worship leaders and pastors) a list of Christian Contemporary songs or “current” songs that I personally find particularly strong in content, teaching, and substance. My list is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it is my own. There are, of course, hundreds of general praise songs that are lighter in content but still acceptable and praise worthy in Christian Worship. The general praise songs, however will not be a part of my blog. Featured songs will be songs the have exceptionally strong lyrics that can be used in contemporary or blended Christian worship without hesitation as far as content is concerned.