The nearly 40,000 people at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium raised their hands toward the sky, enduring triple-digit heat to receive a message of hope delivered by thunderous drums and amplified guitars.

In the stands, children swayed alongside the elderly, while teenagers wearing T-shirts emblazoned with Bible passages danced with abandon.

“Time has faded and we see him face to face,” sang Bart Millard, the ruddy-faced frontman of MercyMe, as fans nodded their assent. “Every doubt erased, forever we will worship the King.”

The jubilance at this recent two-day Harvest Crusade is just one indication that Christian rock is experiencing a resurrection. The others? Increasing prominence in the mainstream pop charts, a robust and growing tour business and, most important, a surge in creativity.

For three weeks in a row last month, the Billboard 200 included a Christian album debuting in the Top 10. Lecrae’s “Gravity” entered at No. 3, and TobyMac’s “Eye on It” did even better, soaring straight to No. 1 in its first week of release. Until TobyMac, a Christian album hadn’t debuted at No. 1 since 1997.

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