What Are We Singing? Nov14

What Are We Singing?

A few days ago while driving, I was listening to a few hymns I hadn’t listened to in quite some time.  I was singing along to the songs, trying to remember which words went with which verse.  My mind was drifting and I wasn’t really thinking about the music until I heard myself...

How a Brian McKnight Concert Expanded My World Oct27

How a Brian McKnight...

I am a creature of habit. I like routine, rhythm, and familiarity. Change and transitions are difficult for me. Sometimes my desire for routine makes me less open to trying new things. I’m also a music elitist, and I think there are certain types of music that are far superior than others. I...

Behold the Lamb Aug21

Behold the Lamb

Gather ‘round ye children, come Listen to the old, old story Of the pow’r of death undone By an infant born of glory Son of God, Son of Man   The world seems really, really messed up right now. The truth surely is that it’s always been this messed up, but we just have media outlets...

Follow Your Arrow? Apr10

Follow Your Arrow?

“Follow Your Arrow,” the catchy tune by singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, has found a home on country music radio and is getting love from those who embrace its message: be who you are, live for the moment, stop caring what people think. Like many of today’s chart-toppers, it tends to...

Switchfoot and Karl Barth Mar21

Switchfoot and Karl ...

Switchfoot is one of my favorite bands of all time.  Each of their albums is like meeting a new friend – at first, I’m not sure if we’re going to connect like I hoped we would, but over time my appreciation deepens to the point that my life is different because of our...

The Brilliance Lenten Reflections Mar03

The Brilliance Lente...

This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, as it is Ash Wednesday. As we enter into this season of Lent to prepare our hearts in reflection on the passion week of Christ and Easter, I think about the value of this season of lament that is found in the liturgical calendar. In recent years,...

Sunday  School  Songs,  Hardcore  Shows,  and  the  Psalms Feb03

Sunday School Song...

Music is a powerful vehicle for memory and expression. I remember learning the order of the books of the Bible through songs I learned in AWANA as a kid. I can still sing these songs, and many songs that I learned in Sunday School. Song lyrics like, “Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me...

Megadeth: God’s Metal Band? Jun18

Megadeth: God’...

Megadeth has recently released their fourteenth album, Super Collider.  An event like this is a big deal for me because Megadeth is my all-time favorite band. I’ve seen them live three times; I even caught both a guitar pick and an arm band from Dave Mustiane at one show. Classic metal...

Hummingbird – Local Natives (Guest Post) Feb02

Hummingbird – ...

As I’m sure any enthusiastic fan can relate, waiting for the sophomore effort from a band is full of hopes and fears. You pray in some way that it is more of the same, and yet you want them to be EVEN better. In this way, the band, Local Natives, did not disappoint. Their second album,...

Lecrae’s ‘Gravity’ Reviewed and Analogized (Guest Post) Sep12

Lecrae’s ̵...

Incapable of fully communicating the nuances of a fine wine with mere words, connoisseurs have at times resorted to using analogous terms like “tastes like a meadow” or even “tastes like a damp sock” (uh?) to describe its elusive and difficult-to-pinpoint qualities. Along similar...

Album Review: ‘Weight & Glory’ Aug01

Album Review: ‘...

Rapper KB dropped a killer debut last month with Weight & Glory, an album that puts to rest all debates on whether hip-hop is good or bad. If we’re judging by music, lyrics, theology and phat beats, the verdict is in: behold, it was very good. Weight & Glory is a musical sermon that...