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October 26, 2010

Owl City Covers 'In Christ Alone'

Adam Young says "something about this song makes me bawl like a baby"

Adam Young, best known as the pop sensation Owl City, was up late Sunday night recording a cover of the modern hymn, "In Christ Alone," by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. On his blog, Young said it wasn't for any particular album or project: "Not for anything special, just for fun."

"Something about this song makes me bawl like a baby," Young wrote. "If I were to count on one hand, the number of songs that have ever deeply moved me, this one would take the cake. Last night I probably spent more time actually crying at the piano than I did recording it. Such are the secret confessions of a shy boy from Minnesota . . .

"As I’m so often reminded what a priceless gift my life is, I ache with everything in me to make it count, so that when I finally cross the finish line, I’ll hear the words, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'"

Young also noted that the spiritual meat of the song is not "intended to be 'crammed down the throat,' if you will. That is not my intention. This is what I wholeheartedly believe, and to that belief, I remain steadfast until He returns or calls me home."

Click here to listen.


Via Denny Burk, note that Young omits the second verse, the one dealing specifically with Christ's substitutionary death on the cross. I have no idea if this was intentional, but it is worth noting.

I love his version... It's awesome to know that someone like Mr. Young is a believer, may the Lord use him to bless and inspire more young people today...

Though we are in a world where addiction, suicide and violence is widespread and devious ways are more appealing to youth, indeed we have One God, and in Him we have hope...

Go against the ways of the world... I salute you Owl City...

God bless you

@ Denny Burk Just enjoy the song, dude. It's not worth noting...it's criticizing.

It has the same effect on me. It's because it is so reminscent of the Wesley hymns & On Christ the Sold Rock I Stand. Also the chords are slightly melancholy & the song has 'lift off' in the chorus. In a season of weak worship songs being written, 'the 7 - 11' type, this is so moving. Perhaps most important, like old hymns the entire gospel is in the verses & it's totally SINGABLE. Something pretty rare now a days in church. Unless you attend Brooklyn Tabernacle. Worship there and you will cry thru the WHOLE worship time.

Loved this-does this mean he is recording a christian album?

Via Denny Burk:::::Really???I mean seriously the guy sings an absoultely uplifting song and you find the one critisism about it and note it for all...This is the reason more folks don't come to Christ and church because there are always supposed Christians there to critize every move they make. I can't wait to live in a word were we can ALL walk hand in hand glorifying his holy name and not nitpick if a person has a tattoo or baggy jeans or leaves a verse out of a song.

If it wouldn't have been the first comment here it wouldn't have been a big deal. I don't think it's that crazy to wonder about the missing verse. This song actually builds verse by verse; that's one of it's strengths. I found it interesting that he jumped right to the resurrection without the cross too. It's not some meaningless verse that was left out, and wondering if there is any significance to leaving a verse out of a song is not equivalent at all to nitpicking about tattoos and clothing. The guy that left that comment linked to the song with no criticism on his own blog so cut him some slack.

@ sus... no such thing as a "christian" album. He's a Christian, he made an album.

@ Denny and Berry.... maybe he left out a couple of verses for time's sake.

i was a belive, but i became truly religious when hearing many of adam's work. im 16, and im a belive


I think anytime the Cross is left out it is significant! The Cross is offensive because it condemns all as sinners who cannot save themselves! The Cross is offensive because it says that all mankind deserves the eternal wrath of God to be poured out on them! And those outside of Christ, who die outside of Christ, will experience the eternal wrath of God!

The Cross demonstrates the righteousness of God and the total depravity of man. If you remove the Cross, you remove Christ. If you remove the Cross, you remove salvation. If you proclaim a Savior without the Cross, you become a false prophet to which hordes will flock. Not a small matter.

@ Michael K...

He didn't "remove the cross", he just chose to sing a few verses of a song... that, in it's entirety, is very long. It's a song... it's not "the Cross".

So Adam Young is now solely responsible for leading others astray because he didn't sing the verse about the cross? Wow, he certainly yields a lot of power!

@morganfreemansfreckles (lol @ the name)...

My comment was not so much about the song, but directed towards people who think criticism is always bad, or is nitpicking, especially in regards to biblical matters. There is a generation who thinks no one should ever speak anything other than flattery. That's why you have people filling up large venues to hear people like Joel Osteen, that devil, who flatters the lusts of corrupt men in their greediness for gain.

If you so much as mention sin or that blood shedding is required to take away sin, because God hates it that much, then all of a sudden you have an uproar. If you want to hold people to the biblical doctrines and correct false doctrines, people think you're being divisive and unloving. But the children of the devil murdered the prophets of God which God sent, because they testified against their evil deeds. And Jesus Christ was hated by the world because He testified of the world that its works are evil. So it is in this day towards the children of God.

Proverbs 10:17 "He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth."

Via Denny Burk:
He may have omitted that verse, but he DID include the more important verse regarding the glorious victory over death. After all, what do we Christians celebrate more, his death or his resurrection?

It's easy to believe that Christ died on the cross, but does everyone as easily believe that He rose from the grave? We may never know Adam Young's reasoning for clipping the verse out. Did it have a purpose? Only he knows! In my opinion, I believe that the resurrection of Christ is more of a risque topic in light of our times, but ultimately, we should rejoice that someone of such stature in the secular realm of music is bringing his faith to the light!

You know the saddest part of this? The fact that he simply recorded a song that he liked and that moved him, and there are those who claim Christ, yet choose to attack him. I guess to some the love of Christ is more words on stone than a relationship of heart.

Well, it looks like Adam did exactly what God wanted him to. By the looks of it, he is being that good and faithful servant...just look at how much sharpening of the sword is happening by these comments alone. All about that one little song he chose to record and share with us. I hope and pray that everyone who reads these comments, will seek through prayer what it is that our loving and Holy Father is teaching each of us from it. Thank you Adam Young, for all of your work as His servant! I can't wait to see how He uses you next...

One of the things I enjoy about going to church here in China is that the congregation sings every single verse of every hymn they sing. I guess Denny Burk would come down pretty hard on the Christian and Missionary Alliance church I attended growing up. If a hymn had more than three verses in it, we almost always left some out. I wonder if Denny's church has ever done that? I challenge every person here who's complained about Owl City leaving a verse out to make exactly the same complaint to their worship leader the next time they hear something like, "We'll sing verses 1,2,3, and 7". It would seem to me that if they didn't, that would make them hypocrites, and the world doesn't need any more of those.

There are very valid points being made on both sides of the debate about the missing verse, which I too missed when listening to the song as I think all the verses together give the song its power, but did anyone actually read what he wrote about this song & his experience recording it? He stated how emotional this song makes him & how he spent more time weeping at the piano than he did actually singing the song, so did anyone think that maybe that verse was just too emotional for him to make it through & he just simply couldn't get it recorded?

I am so blessed to know that there's someone in Hollywood who's standing for Christ and praising His name. You go Owl City! Adam, don't let anyone turn you from God, I want to meet you in Heaven (LOL). Keep up your faith, God's got your back!
May He bless you in your music,

this needs to be on itunes

d bible says God did not come to condemn d world. He came to give us life that we may have it more abundantly.
Its terribly saddening to hear a fellow christian condemning the song because of a missing verse. It makes me wonder who you are emulating.
I am ecstatic finding out that Adam is a christian and is bold to show it. Keep it up bro.
When we omit a verse in a hymn and repeat others, it does not mean that the verse has lost its potency. It means we should reflect on the one we sang and listen to what God is saying through them. Not all parts of the bible speaks to you at once, does it?