Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

From Death to Life, Not Rot to Sanitation: Part 2

Three weeks ago I wrote about Christians having to live with TV and pop culture that is frankly yucky. I said that even though pop culture is often disgusting and rotten, Christians who are moving from death to life in Christ have to engage with it because 1. there is some good in it still and 2. they...
June 11th, 2013 | Culture, Film, Gaming, Media, Music | Read More

Against Christian Music (or “Destroying the Soul One Chord at a Time”)

Yesterday, Mackenzie attempted to defend “Christian Music.” For what it is worth, I’ve listened to a lot of the bands he mentioned. I grew up with each of them, in fact, save the O.C. Supertones. I’m not even here to tell you that he’s entirely wrong. Those artists will...
May 24th, 2013 | Culture, Music, Religion | Read More

Coachella: The Next Best Thing to a Zombie Apocalypse

Imagine if you will, that you are traveling with a small and unlikely group, preparing to face the elements. You drive for hours, and then pull up into a promising-looking row of cars, tents, and sloppily hung blankets. Home sweet home, for now. Once you choose a camping spot, you try to make it as cozy...
May 8th, 2013 | Music | Read More

Folk Music as Proper Worship

The late 90’s and early 2000’s spawned a musical era of cookie-cutter pop, rap songs with the same lyrics, and a general sense of distaste with the music industry. The commercialization was insultingly blatant, the lyrics were shallow and vapid, and the music was exceedingly predictable—so much...
April 12th, 2013 | Music | Read More

Jonah and the Hipster

Music is, mostly, a non-rival good; my having it doesn’t decrease your having it. There are exceptions: if you’re going to a concert, the seats are limited (my being there makes there less room for you to be there). But, if we’re talking about being a fan, listening to music on iTunes,...
April 9th, 2013 | Music | Read More

The Good, The Bad, and the Swell: Thoughts on Modern Worship

I think that certain strains of modern worship do some things really well, and some things really poorly. I’ll be using my own church as my primary example, since this is (obviously) where I experience the most “corporate worship.” First, the good.   Freaking awesome guitar solo...
February 28th, 2013 | Music, Religion | Read More

‘The Game’ and Christianity: A Tree by its Fruit

Christianity and hip-hop seem to be converging lately. There has been a flurry of discussion surrounding a number of artists, both Christian and otherwise. We’ve seen major mainstream attention focus in on Lecrae and his releases in the last year or so, and the discussion there has centered around...
October 23rd, 2012 | Music, Religion | Read More

Why Folk Music Rocks

This is not a review of Mumford & Sons’s newest album. Ms. Alicia Prickett did a fantastic job writing a thoughtful review on Mumford & Son’s newest album a few days ago. This post seeks to understand a couple of questions. The first: where did this genre we call folk music come from? The...
October 16th, 2012 | Music | Read More

P.O.D., “I Am,” and Living in Culture

One of the most successful bands who managed to maintain popularity within Christian circles, P.O.D., released an album this last July, entitled Murdered Love. I reviewed the album with my good friend Nick, which you can listen to here. We talked a lot of about the album, and ended up spending a decent...
October 9th, 2012 | Evangelicals, Featured, Music | Read More

Propaganda Doesn’t Have an Answer, and Neither Do I

Last week, Humble Beast artist Propaganda released his latest album, Excellent. You can snag it here for free, or you can support Propaganda and the label by purchasing it on iTunes, a physical copy from their website, or at a show. The album lives up to its title, and is definitely worth a listen....
October 4th, 2012 | Featured, Music, Religion | Read More