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Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Don’t Give Up On Me

October 22, 2021

If I fall short, if I don’t make the grades’If your expectations aren’t met in me today’There is always tomorrow, or tomorrow night’Please, don’t give up on me’ – Solomon Burke Solomon Burke may not be a name you know. He was a contemporary of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Aretha Franklin but was not […]

Prayer Songs

October 8, 2021

The idea that we can categorize everything as either religious or secular is a modern notion. Throughout much of history, there was no religious-secular divide. Everything was spiritual. We are not better off for forcing all things into contemporary categories we have invented. All we have done is created new problems. We can now relegate […]

Joy and The Lovin’ Spoonful

September 24, 2021

“A joyful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22) Music can evoke many different feelings and emotions. A song may make a person feel happy, sad, angry, excited, etc. Music is powerful. God knows this, and this is why music is part of his plan. Songs are scattered throughout the Bible. The church sings when it […]

Gravel Roads and Other Little Things

September 17, 2021

Life’s mysteries unravel when my tires hit that gravelAnd I leave the paved road far behindEvery breath I breathe is one step closer to meEasing my worried mind– William Elliott Whitmore The formation of ourselves is happening all the time. Our choices shape us in one way or another. In a sense, everything we do […]

When Culture is King

September 10, 2021

“The chute opens, the bull draws blood, and the gift is accepted by God”– The Killers As the music industry continues to experience changes, I hope the album never goes away because when it is done right, it can be a beautiful work of art. Pressure Machine, the new album by The Killers, is an […]

Charlie Watts: Simple Man

August 27, 2021

Charlie Watts, the drummer for the Rolling Stones, passed away this week. Although most people know the names Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, fewer people recognize the name of the drummer for one of the greatest rock and roll bands ever, and that’s how Charlie would want it. He was a unique individual. He was […]

Mercy Now

March 7, 2021

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (Matt. 5:7) “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” (Matt. 9:13) “[The merciful] share in other people’s need, debasement, and guilt. They have an irresistible love for the lowly, the sick, for those who are in misery, for those who are demeaned […]

Preaching From the Poets: Let’s Be Still

May 11, 2020

Preaching From the Poets: Sam Stone

April 4, 2020

This week, I look at the theological message behind Sam Stone by John Prine and why this song and others like it can help reconnect us with an important Biblical practice.

Preaching From the Poets: Turn Off the News

March 27, 2020

In this new video series, I will be examining the theological message behind popular songs. This week I take a look at Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real.