Crowder on 'The Exile' Album and Christians Living Faithfully in Dark Times

Michael Foust

Crosswalk Headlines Contributor
Updated Jun 20, 2024

Grammy-nominated artist Crowder says the message on his latest album is simple yet necessary for Christians living in a dark culture: “Everything’s gonna be alright.” The cover of the album, The Exile, features a picture of a dry, desolate land. The 30-second intro to the album includes an eerie voice warning: “In the case of nuclear or radiological fallout, seek shelter.” The core of the album, though, includes hope-filled messages for Christians who feel like they are a “stranger in a strange land,” as one of the tracks says.

The Exile is currently the No. 1 album on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart and is the second release in a trilogy of albums, the first being Milk and Honey and the final The Return, scheduled for a future release, he said. The theme of the trilogy, he said, mirrors the arc of the Old Testament Israelites, who were given a Promised Land but then booted from the land before they were allowed by God to return. 

“Everything’s gonna be alright,” Crowder said of the album’s primary messages. “He’s still in control. He’s still sovereign.”

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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

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