Rock Formation

What I Saw & Heard at the ICHTHUS Christian Music Festival

by Christopher Jackson

On a warm Kentucky night, a young mother stands with an infant in her arms, swaying to music performed to the praise of God. The child sleeps, despite the fact that a contemporary rock ensemble is playing loud enough to damage the hearing of a grown man. This scene plays out hundreds of times a year throughout the United States at Christian rock festivals.

Christian rock festivals such as ICHTHUS, Creation Festival, Cornerstone Festival, Rock the Universe, and Kingdom Bound attract tens of thousands of fans—ICHTHUS, not the largest, attracted 14,000 in 2009. Along with radio stations . . .

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Christopher Jackson is Associate Pastor at Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, in Lexington, Kentucky. He and his wife Mary have three children.

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