Music at Mars Hill: Future of Forestry's Newest Shoots for the Stars

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Future of Forestry has always been promising new direction for Christian music. Not that it was a new worship methodology or a bold new genre. It wasn't even that Future of Forestry was a pioneering new sound or lyrical style in Christian music. It was more of a promise that the band—more specifically, multi-instrumentalist Eric Owyoung—would alway … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Is Worship Just about Style Preferences?

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.This past week, I read an interesting article in one of Christianity Today's leadership journals called "Bieber Fever and the Worship Wars." The article talks about how the "worship wars" that churches have been engaged in have ultimately been fighting the wrong battles.Quoting research done about what "familiar, favorite music" does to our … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Why Frank Ocean's Rise to Fame Matters

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.No doubt you may have seen the name Frank Ocean in the past week or two going through your Twitter and Facebook feeds. But before we dive into why this 24-year-old singer-songwriter's quick rise to fame matters, let me set up the context.Fans have been anticipating Frank Ocean's solo career debut for quite some time. First there was his guest … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: The Welcome Wagon's Precious Remedies of Healing and Reconciliation

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.The Welcome Wagon is a husband-wife duo whose rise to indie fame seems peculiar at first glance. Aside from their association with indie superstar Sufjan Stevens, there is very little about The Welcome Wagon that seems cool or hip. Frontman Vito Autio is the senior pastor of a Presbyterian church in Brooklyn and writes pretty off-handedly about the … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: The Mars Hill Record Label and the Great Revolving Door

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.One thing that God has been teaching me recently is to get along with other well-intentioned people whose opinions differ from mine. Take Mark Driscoll, for example. I mean, honestly, the guy has said enough offensive things that I can't imagine ever having a desire to attend a Mars Hill–related church or event.But having never attended Mars Hi … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Is Justin Bieber 'Safe' for Children?

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.An article went up yesterday that was being passed around various entertainment blogs and publications. It created a stir in both Christian and non-Christian circles for parents who are concerned about their children. The article spotlights a primary school's decision to replace the patriotic country song "God Bless the USA" with the Justin Bieber … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: John Mayer and the Weight of Celebrity

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.John Mayer has been presented as the savior of pop music for quite sometime now. He is the "serious" musician—the guy who can actually play an instrument and write a tune himself. And to be totally honest, at the height of boy band, Britney-mania, Mayer's 2001 debut album Room for Squares felt like a refreshing new way to do pop. Because, despite hi … [Read more...]

The Televangelists: Game of Thrones and the Postmagic World

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television.It was no surprise that I really liked Game of Thrones when I first started watching it. In fact, I knew I was going to like it before I had even seen the pilot episode. I was, after all, the kid who had read a certain trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien time upon time -- getting into the thick backstory and looking at old maps of a place that never existed. I would later, of course, go on to see … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: mewithoutYou and Why We Should Tell More Stories

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.One of my favorite things I get to do in this column is highlight Christian artists who have been able to defy the odds by creating music that is both unique and challenging. Unfortunately, from within the bubble of the Christian subculture, artists like these seem to be few and far between. But that's when we get to the band under spotlight this … [Read more...]


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