Sometimes it’s helpful to look at a familiar passage in an unfamiliar way: “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving...
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...
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...
The world is a vampire sent to drain; secret destroyers hold you up to the flames. So says Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, and it’s not easy to prove him wrong. Every human being simply shows up on earth. No orientation, no training. We just find ourselves here and have...
If Christian music is not the same thing as music made by Christians, then what is it? I’d say the next most obvious candidate for a definition of Christian music is this: music with Christian subject matter. So if the song is about Jesus, salvation, faith, love, etc., then...
Over the 4th of July weekend, I spoke at the Audio Feed Festival in Champaign, Illinois. I was invited last year and was excited to speak again this year. The fact that I agreed to come back shows what I think about the festival. Yeah, it pretty much rocks. The...
U2 has been extremely influential for a very long time. Not many bands have been major players in the music world for 30 years. And they have earned every bit of their notoriety—not through pop gimmicks, but through dedication to creating inventive and genuine music. Bring up U2 in Christian...
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...
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...
My parents’ church is relatively small. As you travel north through California, their little town is nestled right at the end of wine country and the beginning of the Redwoods. It’s both beautiful and sparsely populated (both great reasons to live there!). But this also creates unique challenges for leading...
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