ELSEWHERE: Defining Beauty in a Postmodern World

What is beauty? How do we define it? What does it look like? The Transpositions blog and Ted Radio Hour both recently explored the complexity of beauty coming to some surprising conclusions. … [Read more...]

Music Matters: Naming Names in Shai Linne’s “Fal$e Teacher$”

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith.Exploring the controversy over Shai Linne's "Fal$e Teacher$".http://youtu.be/pl4WevY-GPUWhen Shai Linne’s Lyrical Theology Part 1 dropped at the beginning of April one song stood out, “Fal$e Teacher$”. In the final hook of the song, Shai does the unthinkable; naming the names of twelve different pastors (Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Fred P … [Read more...]

CaPC Playlist: Kacey Musgraves, Sho Baraka, Woodkid, Page CXVI, Jamie N. Commons and Deer Tick

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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://open.spotify.com/user/121240373/playlist/7vjl0ednXeOdzcTUzyBedOhttp://youtu.be/iJjeWDvh6J0"Merry Go 'Round" - Kacey MusgravesAmy Lepine Peterson had these thoughts on this catchy song: "I like the idea of 'same hurt in every heart... same trailer, different park' and the way the song explores all the ways we seek to 'buy a little more distraction' from the hurt. … [Read more...]

Music Matters: What Can Metal Tell Us About the Importance of the Resurrection?

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith. "Metal bands understand the importance of the resurrection because if it is true it changes everything."The resurrection of Christ. Not only does all of history hinge on that event but without it the gospel crumbles apart. While every aspect of the gospel is important, the resurrection in particular is what makes all the rest of gospel matter. The New Testament writers u … [Read more...]

Music Matters: In Search of 90’s CCM that Doesn’t Suck

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith.A search for Contemporary Christian Music from the 1990's that is aesthetically pleasing and theologically rich.Flavorwire recently provided their list of “In Search of Christian Music that Doesn’t Suck” which includes U2, Sufjan Stevens, Pedro the Lion and Faith + 1 (that's right, a fake band from an episode of South Park). Not to be outdone, I completed my own search but specifi … [Read more...]

Music Matters: Death, The End of All Things and Hope Laid Up in the Heavens in Muse’s “Exogenesis Symphony”

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith."Our wonder will become realigned to God’s grace and our hope is not in escaping this earth but making our stand here as the God of the universe one day will bring heaven down to us."From the day we are born, all of us are spiraling towards one thing—death. Yet in most Western cultures we rarely think about death on a personal level. Not many of us wake up in the morning struggling “wi … [Read more...]

Music Matters: David Bowie, Still Not Quite an Atheist

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith."All clichés are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is. And there really is a God--so do I buy that one? If all the other clichés are true..." David Bowie Last week, Jimi Hendrix reigned in the number two spot on the Billboard 200 and this week that position is filled by David Bowie's new album The Next Day. It is only fitting that one of Bowie's s … [Read more...]

Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway, Their Brutal Detractors, and the Struggle for Identity

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Taylor Swift. Anne Hathaway. Two women at the heights of their respective careers. One is love obsessed with a revolving door of men and the other -- well, how do I say this nicely? -- no one likes her, everyone finds her annoying, and she's Hollywood's least popular actress. But the problem is that none of that is true. At least not completely true. The media has exaggerated the personal narratives of both Swift and Hathaway, turning them into characters that are not actually a true reflection … [Read more...]

Music Matters: The 21st Century Return of Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Church Music

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith.“It’s funny how most people love the dead, once you’re dead you’re made for life.” – Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels, the final posthumously released album from Jimi Hendrix, debuted on the Billboard 200 at the number two spot. Hendrix died over 40 years ago, yet surprisingly, he is still able to garner enough attention to land him on the top of the charts beating out Bruno Mars, M … [Read more...]

Marcus Mumford: Big Fan of Jesus, But Not Christianity

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Young evangelicals love Mumford & Sons for their catchy songs and heart piercing lyrics. I would count myself as one of that group. It is probably cliché and over-referenced by now but it doesn't really get any better than the line from their song Roll Away Your Stone: "It seems that all my bridges have been burnt/ But you say that's exactly how this grace thing works." Lyrics like this have led to speculation about Marcus Mumford's faith and for the first time he answered that question in a  … [Read more...]


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