This year’s Grammy Awards (the 56th) has caused quite a stir. On some level, the Grammys are always a big deal. It’s got to be one of the most viewed, most diverse, most star-studded concerts every year. The event inherently celebrates God’s gift of music, and that aspect of...
Sufjan Stevens recently released two versions of a new single, entitled "Tonya Harding." As you might expect, the song is about the famous (and kind of infamous) figure skater Tonya Harding. My first response was to laugh at the thought that Sufjan had written a song about Tonya Harding....
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...
In 2012 I began teaching a course called “Christianity & the Arts,” and in 2014 I published a book on the same subject but directed specifically toward music, entitled Resonate: Enjoying God’s Gift of Music. In the process of researching for both the class and the book, I ended...
I recently saw Wilco play at the Hollywood Bowl. It’s fascinating to hear the way other people respond to music that has become meaningful to me over the years. I typically listen to Wilco through headphones, so my experience with their music has been fairly individualized. I’m not sure what...
Do you ever find it odd that we have worship celebrities? I’m not suggesting that guys like Chris Tomlin or David Crowder are odd (okay, Crowder is a bit odd, but in a cool way), I’m just saying that the concept of a celebrity worshiper is strange. In some...
I’ve written a fair amount about Christian music, and also about the Christian Music Industry (both the positive and the negative). One of the major weaknesses of “Christian Music” as an industry is that it can’t account for all of the solid music being created by solid Christians. It’s...
Mumford & Sons is attracting huge crowds and selling a lot of records. They are thoroughly compelling, and I think this stems from their passionate exploration of life, love, loss, disappointment, and a number of other concepts fundamental to the human experience. And here’s the thing. They are framing these...
Yesterday I wrote about U2. I said that they stand amongst the most influential Christians in the world. If that statement bothers you, at least read yesterday’s post to see why I say that. In any case, I have a lot of respect for U2, and I see a lot...
Summer is traditionally vacation time, and if you haven’t already been there and back (as we have), you probably have your plans made. Tickets bought, itineraries confirmed, reservations made, packing lists checked. Vacations are wonderful times, or at least they can be, and needed breaks from the relentless pace...
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