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The Complete 2014 Christmas Playlist

It started as a spur-of-the-moment experiment. I asked Joe Henry if he’d be willing to share his Christmas favorites playlist. I so admire the way that he listens, and I wanted to hear what he hears at Christmas time. But by the time I finished writing him an email, I began to think of other [Read More...]

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The Last 2014 Christmas Playlist : Some of My Own Personal Favorites

I couldn’t have asked for a bigger Christmas surprise, or a more enjoyable Christmas blessing, than the personal, thoughtful, revealing Christmas playlists that so many friends have sent in over the past few weeks. Thank you, one and all. I sincerely hope to host Round Two next year. Are you tired of Christmas music yet? [Read More...]


Nurse Claire Nieman Presents a Christmas Playlist

It just made sense. Inviting people to share Christmas playlists, shouldn’t I invite someone who spends her days welcoming newborn babies? [Read more...]


W. David O. Taylor and Phaedra Taylor Present a Christmas Playlist

W. David O. Taylor and Phaedra Taylor bring us one step closer to Christmas Eve with their own Christmas playlist. [Read more...]


Andy Whitman Presents a Christmas Playlist

Nobody I know writes about music with more passion, personality, and insight than Andy Whitman. And here he is with a Christmas playlist. [Read more...]

Overheard at the Movies: Will Unbroken Inspire You to “Hate Your Enemies”?

How many movies that promise to “inspire” you actually inspire you? I don’t mean “Do they make you feel good?” Inspiration changes people. It motivates them. It spurs them into action. In my experience at the movies, 9 out of 10 that promise they will be “inspiring” … aren’t inspiring. (It may be closer to 99 [Read More...]

Robert Deeble Presents a Christmas Party Playlist

I first encountered Robert Deeble‘s music on Seattle alt-rock radio, and I was immediately taken with his hushed delivery, his haunting lyrics. Think Leonard Cohen meets Sparklehorse. Earthside Down was my first Deeble album. [Read more...]

Steve Taylor Presents a Christmas Playlist

It is a thrill for me to share this Christmas playlist from one of my heroes for more than 30 years of artmaking. [Read more...]

Award-Winning Author Robert Clark Presents a Christmas Playlist

You may know the name Robert Clark because of his celebrated writing. Since I pay attention to his recommendations in almost everything, I knew that I wanted to include his Christmas playlist in this series. [Read more...]

Christmas, Calling, Carols, and #Ferguson: Jeff Keuss Hosts a Conversation with Rev. Richard Dahlstrom, Dr. Brian Bantum, Anna Miller, and Myself (with Music from Eric Miller)

What can we learn from Mary, the mother of Christ, that can help us understand what is happening in Ferguson? [Read more...]

Looking Elsewhere: Trailering Malick; Burying “The Hobbit”; Christian Bale’s Bible Reading; and More!

This week, in my community of arts-and-faith explorers, conversations have been focused on the joy of Christmas carols, the mixed feelings over a new Terrence Malick trailer, the predictably disappointing conclusion to Peter Jackson’s ruination of The Hobbit, some interesting conversations with the Exodus team, and the traditional year-end challenges of drafting various “Best of 2014″ lists. I’m hard [Read More...]

Poet Tania Runyan Presents a Christmas Playlist

The author of How to Write a Poem shows us how to make a Christmas playlist. [Read more...]

Andy Crouch, Executive Editor of Christianity Today, Presents a Christmas Playlist

Our guest DJ for some Christmas music: The author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling and Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power. [Read more...]

Author Shannon Huffman Polson Presents a Christmas Playlist

A Christmas playlist from the author of North of Hope. [Read more...]

The Bruised Hearts Revue Presents a Christmas Playlist

One of the biggest musical surprises for me in 2014 was the discovery of a local Seattle band called The Bruised Hearts Revue. If you’re a fan of Wilco, Over the Rhine, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, or Neko Case, you’ll hear their influences here. I’d have a hard time picking a favorite cut from the album, [Read More...]

Novelist A.S. Peterson Presents a Christmas Playlist

A Christmas playlist from adventure novelist and Rabbit Room editor A. S. Peterson… [Read more...]

Sarah Masen Presents a Christmas Playlist

I began listening to this post’s guest DJ late, and by a rather circuitous route. First, I discovered the writing of David Dark, whose books are among some of my favorite cultural commentaries. Then I began hearing about his immensely talented “better half”: Sarah Dark. Or, as she is better known: Sarah Masen. The name [Read More...]

Chris Willman Presents a Christmas Playlist

I was already a fan of Chris Willman’s work in the early ’90s when he singled out U2′s greatly misunderstood, hastily dismissed album Pop as the #1 record of that year. I was glad to find somebody who was listening closely enough to appreciate the complexity and stylistic audacity of the record. I already knew about [Read More...]

The Fault in Our Stars (2014): First Impressions

If I were struggling with cancer, I suspect this movie would come across as punch in the gut. [Read more...]

Agents of Future Present a Christmas Playlist

Ready for another Christmas playlist? This one’s full of surprises. [Read more...]

Moses and Errin’ — A Review of Exodus: Gods and Kings

Dear Ridley Scott, My name is Aaron. I’m the brother of Moses. In the Holy Scriptures, when Moses balks at God’s call for him to go and free the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, claiming a lack of eloquence, God gets aggravated and assigns me to travel with him, to face Pharaoh, and to act as [Read More...]