About Stephen Hale

Pop Stars, The Israelites & The Necessity of Lament

Some say the blues were originally gospel music that talked about what you couldn't talk about in church. All music that has stemmed from the blues (i.e., most forms of American popular music) has carried on this tradition, giving us musical forms which are particularly well-suited to singing sad songs. Your woman left you? Any blues singer could sing about that — and so can any rock band or hip-hop artist. However, you can be sure the issue will never be addressed in church. As Kanye raps on h … [Read more...]

Lady Gaga's "Judas": A Surprising Statement of Faith

Guest writer, Stephen Hale is wrapping up a MA in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and volunteers with undergraduate commuters at Biola University. He blogs at pushofpikes.wordpress.com. Sooner or later, he will start a program in International Security and Economic Policy at the University of Maryland.Lady Gaga’s “Judas” is a surprising statement of faith. You may be skeptical, since Gaga has a reputation for scandal. Many assume that any mention she makes of religion must be sland … [Read more...]