Baba Yetu

It’s Saturday! And that puts me in a “Baba Yetu” kind of mood.

“Baba Yetu” is the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili, composed by Christopher Tin. It was used as the theme music for the computer game Civilization IV.

This is an a cappella version from a Christian group at U Cal Berkeley, very nicely done.

This is the original, with lyrics and translation —

There are a zillion versions on YouTube, some are done very well and would be suitable as a video to illustrate a lesson.

But here’s the really cool thing. The Lord’s Prayer is being used as the defining theme for a game called “Civilization.” Ponder that one for a while.

And as I start a series of lessons on renewing our worship, maybe this will illustrate just how much creativity is possible, even within the a cappella tradition.

PS — The original may be downloaded from Tin’s website at

About Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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2 Responses to Baba Yetu

  1. Bob Brandon says:

    The Civilization series have been my favorite computer games for a long time. I had never realized what I was listening to until now, but I have left the menu up just to listen to the music.

  2. Jay Guin says:


    Civ IV is far too addictive for unsupervised use. I had to give it up in order to start blogging. From one addiction to another …

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