Hallelujah by and by

Shortly after I picked up the first book in the Left Behind series, but before I’d started writing about it, I wrote a post about the otherworldly strain of escapism in American Christianity. That otherworldliness, I argued, derives from the untenable history of trying to belong to a church that included both slaves and slaveowners. [Read More...]

Where’s the work that set my hands, my soul free?

For those who can’t view the video, this is “We Take Care of Our Own,” the new single from Bruce Springsteen from what will be his 17th album, Wrecking Ball, which comes out March 6. Blues on the verses, Gospel on the chorus. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Elsewhere on the New Music [Read More...]

An index for the 99%: 12 items of Christmas with the family will cost you $79.81

The Consumerist reports on an annual holiday tradition from PNC Financial: According to the folks at PNC Financial, who have spent decades tracking the ups and downs of the gifts rattled off in the seemingly endless tune, the total cost of realizing the full “12 Days of Christmas” has crossed the $100,000 mark for the [Read More...]

Praying for time

“George Michael is reportedly worsening after being admitted on Monday to an Austrian hospital for the treatment of pneumonia.” George Michael wrote some of the best and most enduring pop songs of the 1980s. For many people, that sentence probably cancels itself out, with the word “pop” diminishing the word “best,” and “the 1980s” diminishing [Read More...]

My Top 10 Randy Stonehill songs


Since we started our tour of old-school Jesus music last week with Larry Norman, it seems appropriate to follow up this week with his protege and sometime-collaborator Randy Stonehill. (Or, actually, maybe it’s incredibly inappropriate.) The first Stonehill album I ever got — 1982′s Equator — made me a fan, sending me back to pick [Read More...]

My Top 10 Larry Norman songs

Before starting another round of our musical Alphabet Game, I thought I’d delve a bit deeper into explaining some of the subcultural content of my music collection. By that I mean the “Christian rock” that takes up a big chunk of my iTunes library. I used to have much more of this music and it [Read More...]

Hark, what peaceful music rings

Via Curator: [Read more...]

Autumn songs

And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song … “All Four Seasons,” Sting “Autumn in New York,” Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong “Autumn Leaves,” Eva Cassidy “Autumn Leaves,” Nat King Cole “Autumn Sweater,” Yo La Tengo “Autumngirlsoup,” Kirsty MacColl “Door Into September,” Jacob Altemus “Four Seasons in One Day,” Crowded House “Four Seasons in One Day,” [Read More...]