The Most Popular Posts of 2010: #3 – The Age of Adz: We Can Do So Much More Together

Sufjan Stevens is striving for authenticity and encouraging us to come along.  This is perhaps why Sufjan decided to take his new album, The Age of Adz, in a new direction to the disappointment of many of his fans.  However, if you can get over the fact that this is not the California or New York version of Illinoise (don’t forget he gave us All Delighted People, which is much closer musically to Illinoise), what you will find is a coherent and personally authentic album with a consistent theme a … [Read more...]

The Most Popular Posts of 2010: #5 – $#*! My Favorite Christian Band Says

What do John Piper, Derek Webb, Mark Driscoll, and British folk band, Mumford & Sons have in common? A lot more than they would probably all admit, but at the very least each of them has used a curse word in a public setting (to be fair to Piper--he is merely quoting someone). If you are a music fan, you are probably familiar with the controversy (albeit somewhat self-inflicted) surrounding Webb's song "What Matters More" in which he uses two four letter words in an effort to expose what … [Read more...]

What is Our Place in Kanye’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy?

When I was a freshman in college, I made a big decision in my life.  I decided to get rid of all of my secular rap CDs and stop watching rated R movies.  This decision came about due to the guilt that accompanied listening to music that contained a “Parental Advisory” sticker on the cover or watching films with racy scenes and foul language while attempting to live a proper Christian life.  This new life choice lasted for the better part of two years and I still debate with myself whether this de … [Read more...]

Four Crucial Technology Landmarks in 2010

Last year a COLLIDE Magazine article once again raised in important question: “It’s 2010? Where’s my Jetpack?”. This look back at technology in 2010 starts with a similar question.Where’s my XBOX720?The PlayStation was released in the US in 1995. The PS2 and XBOX were released in 2000-01, and were followed by the XBOX360 and PS3 in ‘05-06. So where’s the next generation of consoles? There’s a simple answer: they’re not coming. The seventh generation of gaming consoles was built for growth, us … [Read more...]

When Christians Listen to Rap

I like First Things' "On The Square" blog quite a bit. Even when I disagree with an article there, I still find it well-written, nuanced, and thought-provoking. But then I come across an article like Christopher Walker's "Be Wary What You Listen To" and I just have to shake my head.Walker, a secondary school teacher, asked his students to introduce him to songs that they "deemed worthy of appreciation" (an interesting exercise and one that I think more adults ought to do from time to time). … [Read more...]

Our Ten Favorite Albums of 2010

Far from an objective declaration of the best music out there, the following is a list that we have compiled of our favorite albums of the past year. We like them because they make us feel good, because we relate to them in some strong personal way, or because, yes, we can't ignore their pure objective beauty. In some cases, as with our number one album, it may be all of the above. In any case, we like these albums, and we present them to you as humble examples of God's common grace in the form … [Read more...]

Podcast #98: Who's Reggie Bush?

Let's get this straight: Rich doesn't know all that much about sports. But he watches it. That's pretty much all you need to know about this episode, other than the fact that the following topics are addressed:President George W. Bush's new book, Decision Points and the concept of legacy Kanye West and the graceless response to his antics Cam Newton and the mid-season crisis. Waiting for Superman and the failing education system. Thanksgiving and a pressure-less holiday.Click here to … [Read more...]

"Say Goodbye" by Liz Janes: Wrestling With God

Chances are, when most people hear of Asthmatic Kitty Records they immediately think of Sufjan Stevens, and understandably so. Stevens is indie music's resident wunderkind, with a string of critically acclaimed releases to his name (two of which came out this year). What's more, Asthmatic Kitty Records is Sufjan's baby in part -- he started the label with his stepfather, Lowell Brams, in 1998.Asthmatic Kitty Records, however, boasts a wealth of talent that often gets overshadowed by the … [Read more...]

The Age of Adz: We Can Do Much More Together

Sufjan Stevens is striving for authenticity and encouraging us to come along.  This is perhaps why Sufjan decided to take his new album, The Age of Adz, in a new direction to the disappointment of many of his fans.  However, if you can get over the fact that this is not the California or New York version of Illinoise (don’t forget he gave us All Delighted People, which is much closer musically to Illinoise), what you will find is a coherent and personally authentic album with a consistent theme a … [Read more...]

I Need The Darkness

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John Donne, "A Hymn To Christ, At The Author's Last Going Into Germany" Churches are best for prayer, that have least light; To see God only, I go out of sight; And to escape stormy days, I choose An everlasting night. C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces Holy places are dark places. Thomas Merton, Dialogues With Silence Your brightness is my darkness. I know nothing of you and, by myself, I cannot even imagine how to go about knowing you. If I imagine you, I am mistaken. If I understand you, … [Read more...]


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