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...

“There Is A Ri...

I have just recently returned from Scotland and there have been a lot of interesting adjustments in the process, like a reverse culture-shock. But one of the things that has particularly stood out is the fact that I haven’t known any of the worship songs at the chapel and church services...

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...

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...

Musings from the Bal...

“Your love never fails. It never gives up. It never runs out on me.”* I stood, watching a gym full of hundreds of college students, singing these words of praise and truth. Arms-raised, dancing, clapping, and shouting – I admired their passion. The pulsing drums, the rocking guitars,...

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,...

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder…Or is it? Jan31

Beauty is in the Eye...

Today’s culture, we as Christians can agree, is riveted by postmodern thought. Morals and truths are relative to experience and perception, one would claim. And in response, Christians, historically, have made efforts to combat this kind of thinking (although even this is now a subject of...

God in the Mosh-Pit

I’m not sure what I thought I would find when I stepped inside the gymnasium the last Saturday night in March. I know that I was hoping to find my sister and enjoy the show–but I considered neither of those very likely given the crowd of people crammed inside the gym and the fact...

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...

The Gospel and Les M...

Most of the readers of this blog will be familiar with the Law/Gospel distinction that is present in the New Testament. While this distinction grew out of a particular set of controversies involving a particular law code and its relevance to a particular cultural situation (something that we...