Oct 18th saw the passing of the one month mark of the Occupy Wall St.  movement.   30 days, 82 countries, 1500 cities and thousands upon thousands of people have made one thing abundantly clear:  at the very least, people are not satisfied with the status quo. Prior to offering...
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...
We often think that popular culture is all about mindless entertainment. But we shouldn’t. In many ways, musicians and filmmakers are the philosophers of our day. Whether or not we realize it or care, they guide us in thinking through some of life’s most important issues. This week I’ve been...
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...
In his recent book, The Theater of God's Glory: Calvin, Creation, and the Liturgical Arts, David Taylor chooses John Calvin as a conversation partner to discuss what role the arts might play in the worship of the church. Calvin is an interesting choice of dialogue partner for this discussion, not...
When Francis Schaeffer looked at our modern society, he saw a lot of apathy. He would trace the ebb and flow of Western Civilization, highlighting achievements, revolutions, and the longings of mankind. Many idealists, revolutionaries, and power-hungry people have changed the course of history—some for better, some for worse....
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,...

JesUSAves?

Disclaimer: I know not all our readers are from the US.  I trust you can apply this in your context or you can just laugh at us. Walk into a typical conservative evangelical church over a 4th of July weekend and you’re guaranteed to see one: a t-shirt declaring “JesUSAves,”...
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...
I cried on the way to the office this morning. Believe me, that’s not typical (it’s probably typical only amongst teenage girls, but then again, teenage girls don’t typically drive to the office in the morning). I couldn’t help it. I was listening to a song that I’d heard...
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