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You can download for free the album Excellent from Propaganda and  Humble Beast.

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“Precious Puritans” has gotten most of the attention, with defenders and detractors weighing in. But perhaps the most convicting song, for most of us, will be “Be Present.”

You can watch a live performance from Catalyst below.

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8 thoughts on “Propaganda’s “Be Present””

  1. JR says:

    Guess I’m the odd one out on this. I downloaded this album last month and thought it was just aweful. If I spent time, I might develop a taste for it, but I don’t really have a desire. Precious Purtians really turned me off. Finally got it deleted from my iTunes library and off my iPhone.

  2. Raymond says:

    Why doesn’t he get a hair cut? Is this no longer an issue? What kind of role model is he for young men? For African American young men? Is I Corinthians 11:14 applicable?

    1. Wesley says:

      @Raymond What’d you think of what he had to say? viz. if you’d just heard an MP3, and not seen that he had long hair, what would you think of his message? My guess is John 7:24 might be more applicable in this case.

  3. Wesley says:

    JR maybe you downloaded the wrong album? MAN, i was just crazy blessed and instructed and moved and challenged by that word. Brother gots skills and wisdom to go with it (not common). Thanks so much for posting this. Will definitely check out album and pass on this to more.

    1. JR says:

      Hey Wesley, probably the style issue more than anything. I’ve heard most of what he said there in AA meetings. Definitely common grace wisdom here.

  4. David says:

    It’s valuable as reflective performance.

    Precious Puritans shouldn’t be anything too eye-opening, and I hope no one is really going to Puritans for self-righteousness. Just check out the JSTOR article, “Black Puritan: The Negro in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts.”

    Still, regarding the Puritans, they are probably history’s most prolific writers about the very fact that they were the people Propaganda says they were.

    The edgy-angry, aggressive nature of the song, however, is a little out-of-place, imo. He could keep the hard-hitting lines without the feeling that he’s trying to belittle the listener whom he hopes to correct. Sometimes a softer rebuke plays louder and raises less defense.


    I agree about the “Be Present” performance. Time to go pray, beginning by reading my Valley of Vision penitential prayers.


  5. Matt says:

    I’m so glad this was shared yesterday- I got the album and listened to it while I was driving. I think this is probably the most thought-provoking albums I’ve ever heard. It asks questions that are not easy to answer, but so good to consider. I was definitely challenged by this album- even on the first listen…can’t wait to hear it a few more times and let it sink in.

  6. David says:


    In case you haven’t heard about this budding company, I think you and Tim (Challies) will appreciate what its development says about time management, reading on the internet, anxiety to learn and be gone, etc.

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