Sounds of Harmony and Visions of Light Amidst Chicago’s Violence

The murder rate in Chicago has risen 72 percent in 2016. According to USA Today, “Police said the disturbing rise in violence is driven by gangs and mostly contained to a handful of pockets on the city’s South and West sides.” Still, there are glimmers of hope, of young people who resist the dark forces [Read More…]

Doubting and Stumbling Are Part of the Road to Salvation: An Interview with Sarah Hart

It’s not always easy to wrap our heads or hearts around the concept of God’s unconditional love, His willingness to help us carry our burdens, and His call for us to live lives grounded in faith and joy. But sometimes music can help us better absorb those truths. That’s the kind of music Grammy nominated [Read More…]

‘Stand in the Light of God’s Grace and Show People Who You Really Are’

When it aired on NBC in December 2015, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” turned out to be the highest rated TV movie since 2011. Much of its appeal had to do with the fact that it told a compelling story grounded in love of God and family. It was, of course, inspired by Dolly’s [Read More…]

Carrie Underwood Celebrates the Power of Baptism on “American Idol” Finale

(Artwork/Photo property of Fox) On last night’s series finale of “American Idol” (yes, it pains me to write that), a lot of Idol alums returned to sing and pay tribute to the show that gave them a leg up in their music careers. There were some outstanding performances, including the country segment featuring Season 10 [Read More…]


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