Monday Morning Confessional

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I confess that last Thursday morning I had a 7am meeting, so I got up at 5:30 to write a blog post. I did my morning prayers, wrote & proofread the post. In my process, the last step before I hit publish involves adding links, images, and media for the entry. This particular post was fairly heavy on those [Read More...]

Best Song of 2014: Because I Wanna Get Better

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I’ve been resisting the impulse to join the fray of year’s end postings: favorite this, worst that-lists from the past year. So I’ve settled on a single contribution. 2014 has been a year of serious pain for me and those closest to me. My baby sister has breast cancer. She’s been through surgery and is currently in [Read More...]

Bono’s A to Z of 2014: A Must-Read for U2 Fans

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Granted, Bono has to have one of the more active egos of our time. He exists in that elite pantheon of fame along with immortals like Elvis, MJ, and Michael. The difference for him being that he seems to have at least some measure of awareness of the dangers of his position, and the responsibilities. Despite the unlimited income [Read More...]

Is There Any Hope for Peace in the New Year?

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— “Bad liturgy eventually leads to bad ethics. You begin by singing some sappy, sentimental hymn, then you pray some pointless prayer, and the next thing you know you have murdered your best friend.” – Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon, The Truth About God. — I was recently offered the opportunity to write on the [Read More...]

7 Tips for Peaceful Family Holiday Get-togethers

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I come from a family of six. My mom and dad were high school sweethearts who married young and have stayed together for 50 years. They had four kids in about 10 minutes, and all of us crowded into a small three bedroom house that burned nearly to the ground when I was six. My [Read More...]

The Worst Day at Ardent Beats the Best Day Anywhere Else: A Salute to John Fry, Ardent Founder, & Memphis Music Legend

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One doesn’t typically use words like character, integrity, genuine, honest, and kind to describe executives in the music business, but that’s how those who knew him will surely remember John Fry. John was a singular figure in Memphis music. Reeling from the death of John Hampton just one week ago, the Ardent family of music producers, engineers, artists, [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional: Godspeed John Hampton

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I was at a party Friday night when I heard John Hampton had died. I was taken aback by how sad the news made me. I’ve been thinking of John and the whole Ardent family ever since. When we were making records at Ardent Studios in Memphis, John Hampton would usually be mixing or producing some big [Read More...]

Performance Riders, Doomsday Preppers, & Advent: Isaiah 40:1-11 (Advent 2B)

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In the entertainment business there’s this thing called a performance rider, a written list of the artist’s demands. The promoter agrees to prepare the venue exactly the way the artist likes it. The instructions for this are all in the rider. Given the prevalence of artistic eccentricity, some of the demands can be absurd. Beyonce’s Rider asks [Read More...]

Top Ten Gift Ideas For Book Lovers – 2014.

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As a book lover, and I don’t mean to be harsh, I find most of the gift ideas for book lovers to be terribly disappointing. Trust me, pajamas with books on them will be more likely to appeal to those who don’t read books. We don’t want bookmarks, nor do we want–wait for it–a bedtime story duvet cover [Read More...]

Advent: The Great Decrescendo (Advent 1B – Isaiah 64:1-9)

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This was the message on the first Sunday of Advent, 2014 for Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal (w/attribution please!). You can listen to the message here.     Advent 1B – Isaiah 64:1-9 / Waiting “O, that you would tear open the heavens and come down.” Today [Read More...]


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