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Writer-Musician Leads Spiritual Life Week at EMU

Posted on January 20th, 2004

The message hasn’t changed, but much of the audience clearly has, John Fischer, a pioneer in the contemporary Christian music field, declared in a chapel address at Eastern Mennonite University.

“In the 1970’s through early 1980’s, it was non-Christians and new Christians who came to the music festivals that were part of the ‘Jesus Movement,'” he said. “But what began as a good thing has become part of a Christian subculture.

John Fischer singing with guitar
Musician-author John Fischer gives a concert of his original music, old and new, in a concert during spiritual life week.
Photo by Jim Bishop
“Today, we have Christians only doing business with other Christians, Christian books, radio and TV stations, movies, music, even a Christian Yellow Pages. It’s become a self-contained sub-unit within the larger culture.”

Fischer spent Jan. 12-14 at EMU as part of spiritual life week activities built around the theme, “Fearless Faith: Stepping Out.” He has been mixing his unique combination of singing, speaking and humor for a variety of audiences for more than 30 years.

student acappella group
An EMU student ensemble sings hymns acappella during all-day worship in the Campus Center on the final day of spiritual life week. Photos by Jim Bishop

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