CCM Classic Spotlight on Ken Medema

“Mr. Simon,” Click the youtube link

Ken Medema (born December 7, 1943 as Kenneth Peter Medema in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a composersingersongwriter who has been performing in the United States, Canada, and Europe for more than thirty years. Ken Medema was born almost blind; his eyes let him tell light from shadow and look at outlines of major objects. He began playing the piano when he was five years old, and three years later began taking lessons in classical music through braille music, playing by ear and improvising in different styles. In 1973, he began performing and recording his own songs. His lyrics generally provide social commentary on themes such as justice, hunger, poverty, homelessness, and Christian charity as it pertains to them. He has published a total of 26 albums, the first of which he recorded for Word and Shawnee Press, and then went on to found Brier Patch Music in 1985. Through Brier Patch Music he organizes and schedules his events, as well as publishes his music. Performances regularly include songs improvised both musically and lyrically by accepting audience recommendations, sermon topics, or guest speaker stories as their basis. He performs in national and worldwide (church) congregations, campuses, youth gatherings, and annual assemblies. He lives in San Francisco, California. This featured song, “Mr. Simon,” is based on the words of Jesus as found in Luke 18:10-14, ESV. 

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Bryan’s note: I guess there is a touch of sarcasm in this song, but never delving into cynicism.  He communicates the very real world of hypocrisy and acceptance in the life of the believer.  This is not a classic worship song, but is a song that starkly reveals the iniquity of our hearts as we approach the presence of God.  Perhaps this touch of sarcasm is a definite weapon of choice in exposing the hypocrisy that confuses us. The CCM Music Index on Brokenbelievers can be found at:

Author: Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alask.a (Actually I have it pretty good.)

2 thoughts on “CCM Classic Spotlight on Ken Medema”

  1. This response isn’t about the song but I just noticed the map showing the BB hits today and that is awesome!!!! I Thank God for His ministry to us Broken Ones and finally bringing comfort to the mentally ill. Awesome, awesome God!! Blessings upon you Bryan. Has that map been there very long and I only noticed it today?


    1. Yes Mary, I put it up 2 days ago. At first it only reflected a days results, and I almost took it down out of embarrassment. But is seems to accrue, as the days go one. I am tremendously blessed by all the “red” outside the continential USA!


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