Phil Wickham performed in the Conn Center Sunday night, but not everyone was happy about it. Several students felt that the overall quality of his lyrics, the range of his voice, and his stirring chord progressions were not reflective of the Christian worship services to which they were accustomed. Many students complained that Wickham was “a little too talented” to be worshipful.
Jimmy Harper has been profusely apologizing to students for the overall excellent quality of Wickham’s performance.
Cameron Maynard, a sophomore Church Music major, said, “Phil’s chord progressions were a little too complicated. If he wants to lead people into worship, he needs to stick with a G-C-D progression, and occasionally throw in an A minor on the more mournful verses of worship songs.”
Chastity Hope, an undecided freshman major, felt that Wickham’s voice promoted lustful thoughts. “The tonality and range of his voice was just a little too sexy for a worship setting. The entire time he was singing, I just couldn’t help but imagine being his submissive wife. I even considered learning the organ so that way I could accompany him when we took our children on tour.”
Victor Banks, a freshman business major, said, “I hated the lighting. I prefer to worship under fluorescent light, but they obviously chose to be extremely worldly with their lighting choices for this particular worship service. I felt like I was at a concert.”
Several students, speaking under the condition of anonymity, expressed disappointment that Wickham’s lyrics included references to stars and galaxies. One student pointed out that people have been worshiping the sun as a god for ages, and that singing about God’s creation while praising Jesus intertwines two topics that should be left separate.
Wickham, who recently fathered a child with a woman for the first time, has been performing for between six and seven years. His songs have been performed in at least twelve churches nationwide, spanning at least three denominations.