Who’s On First (Rock and Roll Edition)

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LOST Rewatch: The Moth

Religion features prominently from early on in this episode. It is implicit when Jack and Kate talk about the possibility of rescue, Jack saying he wishes he shared Kate’s faith. But it is explicit as Charlie goes to confession, indicating that he had yielded to sexual temptation, and deciding that he needs to quit the [Read More...]

AD/BC

A rock opera about the nativity. Click the videos below to watch it on YouTube. [Read more...]

Genesis: The Cinema Show

Recently brainstorming with colleagues, I mentioned to one who teaches Classics that there are references to classical literature in really old Genesis lyrics, such as “The Cinema Show.” And since it also contains one of my favorite keyboard solos to play at the end, here it is. And if, like my colleague, you are a [Read More...]

Grace

I mentioned previously that, challenged with coming up with a list of the core beliefs of my church, the members basically only agreed on one word: grace. And so I am grateful to Dănuţ Mănăstireanu for drawing my attention to the fact that U2 have a song with the title “Grace,” which I’ve shared above. [Read more...]

Joseph, Who Understood

This is a rather distinctive Christmas song by the band The New Pornographers (HT Anthony LeDonne). Here are the lyrics:   Joseph, Who Understood   Rumors are flying All over Galilee these days And Mary, I’m trying To be cool When my friends walk by them They cannot look at me In the eye Baby, [Read More...]

Top Ten Lord’s Prayer

Rock and Theology linked to Commonweal Magazine which shared this rock version of the Lord’s Prayer, which reached No.4 on Billboard’s Top 100 chart back in 1973. Sister Janet Mead is one of a very small number of nuns to have a gold record. Enjoy! [Read more...]

Queen Jesus

One key question: How did I not know about this song by Queen until now – or did I know about it and somehow forget? Another key question: Can we do this song in church sometime? (The issue, as far as that is concerned, is less “Will this meet with approval?” and more “Do we [Read More...]

Geddy Lee on Religion, Spirituality, and “Positive Energy”

Tom Beaudoin, a theology professor at Fordham University who blogs at Rock and Theology, asked Geddy Lee of the band Rush about his thoughts on the relationship between music and spirituality. This was his answer: It is interesting to hear him articulate that a strict religious upbringing killed any love he might have had for [Read More...]

Mars Attacks Young-Earth Creationism

Ian Millington recently drew my attention to an article about NASA’s Mars rover, and pointed out to me an interesting implication for young-earth creationism. If young-earth creationism is correct, and geological strata we see on Earth result from a global flood, then why do we find such strata in rocks on Mars? Of course, one can [Read More...]

House of Mirrors

Here's a demo version the latest song I've been working on. It should be considered a rough draft, but I'd appreciate feedback on the lyrics, the theology, and the music. The “guitar solo” should be treated as a placeholder – in fact, it should be described as a “'guitar' solo” since no actual guitars feature [Read More...]


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