Michael Card to Perform in Hudsonville

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

Card Michael235Michael Card is a teacher, author, singer-songwriter, recording and performing artist, scholar and speaker. He often juggles several roles at the same time.

The Tennessee native comes to Grace Community Church in Hudsonville on Sat. March 26. The day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is ideal for a concert based on the themes of his recent album and book "A Violent Grace: Meeting Christ at the Cross."

The album draws from several of his previous songs dealing with Christ's passion, death and resurrection. Long time fans will recognize such titles as "Ride On to Die," "Love Crucified Arose" and "Known By The Scars."

But the music artist can dig deeper after putting on his writing cap. In his book "A Violent Grace" (Intervarsity Press), Card mines both Old and New Testaments for the meaning of meeting our savior at his cross, and explores the wonder of how from such a violent instrument of death can come the source of our grace.


From the beginning of his 35 year recording career (his first album came in 1981), Card proved himself a deep thinker and writer. Backed by a master's degree is biblical studies, he has taken on the difficult task of putting central truths of the biblical canon into music.

For example, his 1989 album "The Beginning" covers the Pentateuch (the Bible's first five books). "The Way of Wisdom" summarizes the scripture's wisdom literature (Psalms, Proverbs, etc.)

He's also gleaned songs from the writings of Paul, the Old Testament prophets, Hebrews, and Revelation.

Card's most recent project includes exploration of all four of the gospels in both record albums and books (with John's bearing the intriguing title, "The Misunderstood Messiah").

His acoustic, folk-pop style (he is proficient on keyboards, guitar and several other instruments) helped him to more than 20 top inspirational radio singles earlier in his career.

Card's children's book, "Sleep Sound in Jesus," was nominated for a C.S. Lewis Children's Book Award. It was titled after his surprisingly successful album of lullabies. He also released an album of Celtic-inspired music, "Starkindler."


Now 58, Card has increasingly been a speaker and presenter at various conferences, retreats and in academic settings. He takes his own "Biblical Imagination" conferences throughout the country, and regularly makes international speaking and performing trips. (He is scheduled to visit Thailand in February and Israel this spring).

The studious Card has led sessions at the bi-annual Calvin College Festival of Faith and Writing, and last summer spoke for several days on the gospel of John at Maranatha Bible Conference in Muskegon. (Among his interesting speculations: that the wedding in Cana at which Jesus performed the water-to-wine miracle was actually the marriage ceremony of the disciple Nathaniel. Cana was Nathaniel's home town (John 21:2) and it would explain why Jesus and all the disciples were invited (John 2:1-2).


Card's best known song is one recorded by another artist. Amy Grant placed her version of "El Shaddai" on her Grammy-winning, million-plus selling "Age to Age" album. Not only did the ballad (which includes lines of Hebrew language lyric) win a Dove Award as Song of the Year, but it also won Card a Dove as the year's top contemporary Christian songwriter.

The tune was later placed at No. 5 in CCM Magazine's top contemporary Christian songs of all time. Grant's version was also listed by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) as one of the top 365 songs of the 20th Century.

Concert details:

Who: Michael Card, with "A Violent Grace"
When: 7 p.m. Sat. March 26
Where: Grace Community Church, 3500 New Holland St. Hudsonville
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 day of concert. Available online  or by phone at 800-965-9324 .
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Terry DeBoer
Terry is journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and websites. His most frequented “beat” is arts and entertainment. He is married with two children and lives in Grand Rapids.

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