Jason Isbell’s Decoration Day and Stories of Truth

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A Jason Isbell song is not just a song; it’s a 3-5 minute novel. His 2013 album Southeastern is being regarded as one of the best (and my personal favorite) albums of the year—primarily because of its beautiful songwriting. Isbell’s whole career has been marked by exceptional storytelling, songs like “Danko/Manuel”, “Chicago Promenade”, and “Codeine” hit me in the same way as the powerful short stories of Flannery O’Connor, Elmore Leonard, or Harry Crews.Like O’Connor, Leonard, and Crews, Isb … [Read more...]

I Am Not Abraham’s Mistake

I Am Not Abraham's Mistake

Arabs are not the result of Abraham's mistake: Derek Rishmawy explains how popular evangelical theology about Arab contradicts the Gospel. 9/11 was a weird day for me. I was a sophomore in high school at the time and I distinctly remember thinking to myself, "Oh God, I hope it wasn't Arabs," as soon as I heard that a plane had been crashed into the first tower. I'm 3/4 Palestinian and at times have a distinctly Arab cast to me. My last name is Rishmawy. Admittedly it was a selfish thought, but … [Read more...]


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