The Police - The message in their music - John Van Sloten

May 20, 2007

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to talk about God’s message using The Police as our discernment lens.

“Music has always been a refuge from sadness...”
Sting, Page 79, Sting: Broken Music

“I too am in need of some kind of reassuring experience or ritual that will help me to accept that perhaps there is something beyond the tragedy of death, some greater meaning that I can conjure for myself”
Sting, Page 7, Sting, Broken Music

“Where does the answer lie? Living from day to day If it's something we can't buy There must be another way. We are spirits in the material world”
The Police in ‘Spirits in the Material World

“How did I arrive here? My life... seems to have been made up piecemeal, as if it were an aggregate of small choices and inconsequential decisions. And yet these small adjustments to the compass of my life have somehow led me... I ponder that one small alteration, one tiny deviation in the course, would have set an entirely different set of wheels in motion in this complex machinery of fate...”
Sting, page 287

“I begin to fantasize that I will no longer seek my father’s attention, and yet, a lot of my life has been nothing but a vain attempt to find approval, to find acceptance. And no matter how full my belly, I wonder will I always feel hungry?”
Sting, Page 87, Sting, Broken Music

“Must I always be alone?”
Sting in Every Little Thing She does is Magic

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.”
Psalm 24:1 NLT

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January 01, 2008
very intelligent sermon, really moving for a police and sting fan. people look for solace and hope like castaways must surely do to survive
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May 15, 2007
Personally speaking I do not care much for the Police. I worked a big festival with them one time and Sting was terribly arrogantand thought rather too much of himself and his stardom (this was when Message in a Bottle was in the charts). Stewart Copeland was a great guy, and Andy Summers was a pretty quiet chap. But it is their music you are interested in speaking about and one song I think says a lot and that is "Every Breath You Take". Sting really has no interest in Christianity and so I think that trying to find a sermon from their songs will be like strying suck blood from a stone! This is my personal view John and I hope that it does not discourage you from doing what you need to do.

Doug, Thanks for the thoughts - no discouragement taken. I just finished Sting's bio and did see the arrogance you cite (my default way of seeing it in others is by noticing it well up in me! :) )

But thank God character flaws don't stop the Spirit from authoring good and truth and beauty through us. I just got back from 2 hours of cycling, listening to a "best of" album... Every breath you take did strike me... I know some have seen it as a 'stalker' kind of song... if you hear it another way, it can point to a pretty big God watching over us.

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