The Cold and Broken ‘Hallelujah’ of the Evangelical Subculture

It’s not a secret that there is a lot of bad, bad art being made by Christians. Art that, like a senator’s campaign ad, disposes of quality and creativity to allow for an airtight theological agenda. And to be fair, this is not just a “Christian” problem. Turn on the radio and Lady Gaga and her really, really, really rich producers will tell you that you were “Born This Way”.But the sad trend that I see within American evangelicalism isn’t simply to make art that isn’t “good”, but the act of … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Lessons From Leonard Cohen

Like fellow celebrated songwriters Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen has always had a simple and poignant way of addressing spiritual themes in his music. His most famous song, "Hallelujah", manages to take the life of King David and make it sound like he's singing about his own. His new album, Old Ideas, continues with a lot of those personally narrated and spiritually dense themes, but they've all been filtered through Cohen's 77 years of age.Cohen's voice has been worn down to a … [Read more...]