The Internet is a place where unanticipated things happen all the time. An example of this coming to the blog you’re reading is the growing traffic from places like baidu.com, the Chinese search engine.
There isn’t much in Chinese on this site, although China has been an interest of mine for the last quarter century. But one of the more rewarding things I’ve done is to act as "digital disc jockey" for the mostly forgotten "Jesus Music" that’s posted here and in places such as The Ancient Star Song, Heavenly Grooves, and even the occasional secular site such as Time Has Told Me. The podcast has resulted in some needed publicity for this great music, a reminder that Christianity has been both evangelistic and countercultural before and is certainly capable of both again.
But this "old" music also makes its way into search engines such as baidu.com, which ferrets out mp3 files of all kinds. Think about it: the Jesus Music of the 1960’s and 1970’s making its way into the iPods and other mp3 players on the streets of Shanghai and Beijing. Who knows, strains of Steubenville’s Emmanuel may be echoing in the many nooks, crannies and churches of the Middle Kingdom.
In the midst of all the discouraging things going on these days, it’s great to see happenings such as this.