We run into problems when we try to define Christian music as either “music made by Christians” or “music with Christian subject matter.” Perhaps a third definition will give us better results. Maybe Christian music is music directed at Christian audiences. This one sounds a bit more plausible. After all,...
Everyone likes beauty. Why hang an ugly painting on your wall when you can hang a beautiful painting instead? But for many Christians, there is a question that nags more deeply: Why hang any painting at all? I mean, the money spent on that painting could have been used to...
Ever since we started Eternity Bible College in 2004, we have been training students to understand deeply the biblical view of the world and to apply that truth in every area of their lives. And we mean every area. While we have proudly sent many of our graduates into the...
As Christians, we are to be “in the world but not of it.” But what does that mean exactly? It can actually be a pretty confusing concept if we don’t give it some careful thought. Does being “in the world” mean that we hang out at bars and watch...
Everything comes with a warning these days. Open ditches might cause injuries and hot coffee is liable to burn you—good thing they’re warning us! Commercials for prescription drugs (which should make us wonder why these companies are advertising to us instead of our doctors) are almost comical in the...
Most Christians go through life with an uneasy truce with the media. We can’t avoid the media altogether. (Maybe we can, but nobody really does.) But we also distrust it. We find music, movies, and tv shows compelling, but we also sense that we are being asked to believe...
I bet you weren’t expecting that title. Here’s the thing: I’ve always “enjoyed” hardcore/screamo/rapcore/metal music, but it’s always been a guilty pleasure. You’re not likely to finish a Tool album feeling uplifted. More recently, however, I have done some reflecting on why I resonate with hardcore music, and I’m convinced...
Gordon Spykman said, “Nothing matters but the kingdom. But because of the kingdom, everything matters.” Jesus taught us to pray that his kingdom would come, which essentially means that God’s will be “done on earth as it is in heaven.” Too many Christians spend their lives building their own kingdoms....
Over the years (the past two weeks included) I have had the opportunity to interact with many different cultures in many places around the world.   In early 2006 I started keeping a list of all of the things that transcend culture I thought I might share parts of that...
I recently came across an incredible poem by Edwin Muir called “The Transfiguration,” first published in 1949. Muir describes a moment in which the earth was transfigured before his eyes, and he saw everything as it was intended to be. The following are a couple of excerpts from the...
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