About Matthew Linder

Matthew Linder is a music professor at National University, married and father of a 2-year-old daughter. He loves Jesus, the Church, biblical theology, and of course, music but despises ketchup. While he appreciates a wide variety of musical styles, he prefers hip-hop, metal, and classical but could live without 90s Christian music. Follow Matthew on Twitter @TheRetuned.

CaPC Playlist: Icona Pop, Gentlemen Hall, Postal Service, San Cisco, and Kanye West

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Brief thoughts on songs that are on CaPC writers’ playlists. You can check out this week’s playlist on Spotify here. http://youtu.be/xj4yOWLT5U4 "I Love It" by Icona Pop feat. Charlie XCX This song expresses a love for youthful reckless abandon with no sense of mortality. One who cannot see beyond the fleeting emotions of the moment and connect to the infinite through a God who promises eternity. I got this feeling on the summer day when you were gone. I crashed my car into the … [Read more...]

Independence Day Staple, the “1812 Overture” is a Story of God’s Sovereignty Over Human History

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Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture is a staple of Fourth of July celebrations around the United States, yet many of us might not be aware of the narrative that unfolds in the music. You might think that it recounts a pivotal battle between the United States and Great Britain during the War of 1812 but you would be wrong. You might be really intelligent and know that the piece is actually about Russia driving Napoleon out of Moscow in early fall of 1812, as heard with the competing musical … [Read more...]

CaPC Playlist: Deafheaven, Sigur Ros, The National, Brooke Waggoner, and A$AP Ferg

Brief thoughts on songs that are on CaPC writers' playlists. You can check out this week’s playlist on Spotify here. http://youtu.be/HyUcRH4iRS8 "Dream House" —Deafheaven "Dream House" is nine minutes of sizzling colorful sparkle and robust compact guitars that drown out the almost inaudible screams of the vocalist. The poetic lyrics are as impenetrable as the guitars as they discuss the inseparable intermarriage of love and death. Hindered by sober restlessness. Submitting to … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Seeking Validation through Social Media

Mockingbird Ministries had this nice write up on our constant need for validation through social media and why that detracts us from the indwelling of the gospel. … [Read more...]

Music Matters: Feeding the Poor with Beauty in Music

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture, and faith. In a recent article ("Worship and Identity: The Role of Beauty in the Church") at Transpositions, I was struck by this assertion by Holly Ordway, chair of the Department of Apologetics and director of the MA in Cultural Apologetics at Houston Baptist University: “Certainly, all the money used to build a church and make it beautiful could be given to the poor instead—but that would not … [Read more...]

CaPC Playlist: Lauryn Hill, Brand New, Agent Ribbons, Brett Dennen, and Vespers

Brief thoughts on songs that are on CaPC writers' playlists. You can check out this week’s playlist on Spotify here. http://youtu.be/jBBxFKCAaCo "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)" —Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill's fierce raps look to fight against a litany of the world's problems stemming from what is stated in the penultimate line "this godless neurotic society." We're living in a joke time, metaphorical coke time Commerce and guru men, run the whole world man Old drunken … [Read more...]

Music Matters: Sweetly Singing over the Pain in Iron & Wine’s ‘Ghost on Ghost’

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture, and faith. Iron & Wine's new album explores pain and vulnerability within the context of a relationship's many stages. Listen to the entire album on Spotify here. Listening to Iron & Wine is like wrapping yourself in a warm, soft, and cuddly blanket and drinking espresso while a poet recites stories of love from a coffee-shop stage. Reminiscent of the lush and intricately … [Read more...]

Play Relaxing Music: A Simple Way to Reduce Bullying

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One of the things that make the bullying epidemic different from bullying in previous generations is that bullying is no longer confined to the playground or the walk home from school. The internet (particularly, social media) has extended the reach of bullies into the homes of their victims, so that no longer does a child have a respite from bullying. This can have profound effects on children who are the receivers of this abuse, but there is some hope as a recent study from Israel showed, at … [Read more...]

CaPC Playlist: Killswitch Engage, Beyonce, Shai Linne, MS MR, and Brad Paisley/LL Cool J

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Brief thoughts on songs that are on CaPC writer's playlists. You can check out this week’s playlist on Spotify here. http://youtu.be/256xNjMgBVs "Always" - Killswitch Engage From their latest Disarm the Descent, “Always” is a picture of love through suffering, an acknowledgement of the momentary nature of human love and our fading legacy after we die. In these moments of loss and torment When the vast skies don't seem to call to you When the weight of this world bears … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Iconic Star Wars Composer Likely on Board for “Star Wars: Episode VII”

Good news! Looks like J.J. Abrams will be enlisting the iconic John Williams to compose the soundtrack for "Star Wars: Episode VII," due out in the summer 2015. … [Read more...]