My favorite podcast—since the day it launched—is Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History. I'm always excited when a new episode auto-downloads on my phone, and I rarely let an episode sit an entire day. This week's episode is entitled "The King of Tears," and Gladwell's premise is that country music is the...
What makes so-called Christian music, “Christian?” The answer that comes to mind—and one that I’m sure most readers of this blog would give—is that it sings about Christ. It praises God; it exalts Christ; it sings of his beauty, glory, salvation, and grace. Christian music is Christ centered through...
Christians sometimes think that if we could just get someone rich, powerful, and influential to turn to Christ, then the rest of the world will follow. Most of us have had these thoughts from time to time. If the right movie star or rock star or athlete or politician...

The Composer

I have written a lot about music, both on this blog and in Resonate. And while I don’t want to always ride my own hobby horse, we can always stand to be re-awakened to amazing aspects of the world God made—like music. I recently came across this wonderful poem...
This is dangerous. Writing about what constitutes Christian music is tricky enough. But when you start talking about the Christian Music Industry, things get a bit more awkward. Good people have devoted their lives to the success of this venture. In general, people tend to feel strongly one way...
Music matters. Though we tend to think of music as simple entertainment, we should actually think critically about our music. Why? Because people believe what they sing. Because of this, I’m going to share my thoughts on a particular band. I am accustomed to writing reviews for academic books not...
I can remember looking forward to the day when I would have kids with whom I could have theological conversations. Not that this was the reason I wanted kids, I just thought it would be exciting to teach my heirs some amazing theology. My daughters are now three and five...

How Music Works

Today Resonate releases. If you’ve missed my almost subtle promotion of the book this month, the book is entitled Resonate: Enjoying God’s Gift of Music, and it’s essentially a theological look at and a appreciative exploration of music: what it is, what it does, how it works, what the...
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,...
Yesterday I shared a couple of critiques of the Christian Music Industry. But let’s not try to do away with the Christian Music Industry just yet. More needs to be said. There are some positive aspects to having a Christian Music Industry.   On the Positive Side A couple of good musician...
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