This fall FOX will be debuting a new show called ‘Lucifer’ and the American Family Association has already called for a boycott of their portrayal of the ultimate bad guy as a “good guy.” I think I’ll reserve judgement until I … Continue reading Some thoughts on the AFA’s boycott of ‘Lucifer’
If this weekend’s Academy Awards hype has you itching to catch up on past “Best Picture” winners you may have missed, you won’t have much luck finding them on Netflix Streaming. Below is a list of the 85 previous “Best … Continue reading Netflix Streaming vs. The Academy Award for Best Picture
A blog posted yesterday at the Huffington Post has been making the rounds among my Christian friends on Twitter and Facebook. It was written by writer and former Presbyterian missionary Scott Dannemiller. In it he makes the case that Christians should … Continue reading A response to “The One Thing Christians Should Stop Saying”
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We all know that setting aside time for prayer and spiritual reflection is vital to our spiritual growth. It can also be hard to find time for it with our ever-busy schedules. Sometimes carving out even 10-15 minutes can seem … Continue reading Pray As You Go – A Podcast for Well-Intended Spiritual Slackers Like Me
I’m typically not a sap for these types of things. But after seeing Ingrid Michaelson perform this song with the kids of Sandy Hook Elementary School on Good Morning America, I decided it was $1.29 I’d happily part with. Proceeds … Continue reading Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Today’s feature is a slightly different twist on a traditional hymn. It appears on the “December Vol. 2: Songs of Advent” EP by the Robbie Seay Band. I really enjoy it when a band gives a well known song a … Continue reading 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 2
One of my favorite musical discoveries of 2012 was JD McPherson. His ’50s rockabilly meets ’40s R&B style sent me searching for more new artists making vintage sounding music – and boy did I find plenty. That’s why I’m happy … Continue reading 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 1
In about a half an hour a man will attempt a highwire act above Niagara Falls. The community has been abuzz for weeks. What if he falls? ABC is televising it? Will he be tethered? The man in this photo … Continue reading Highly Unimpressed
I don’t remember any of the words I prayed that day as I sat with Gavin’s mother and father in the NICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital. I just remember feeling so completely inadequate and unprepared. What could anyone possibly say … Continue reading We’re running for Gavin!
The truth of the matter is that I don’t know how to best help people in Uganda. That Joseph Kony guy is a real douche and it would probably be a good thing if he was hunted down and brought … Continue reading A few words on Joseph Kony and the people of Uganda
If you’re anything like me you probably started this fast off all gung-ho and rearing to go. On Ash Wednesday I got up early, took the dog for a walk before sunrise and then got right to business doing the … Continue reading A Place at the Table: Days 11-16
Hopefully this Lenten season will be one of great reflection and renewal for those of you who are on a faith journey. If you’re anything like me, one of the ways that you connect with God the most is through … Continue reading Music for Lent.
This afternoon I did something that I have never done before. During my lunch break I slipped into St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester, NY and participated in their Ash Wednesday service. For a few moments I was the only … Continue reading Ash Wednesday.
Our journey begins! The above video is the first session of the A Place at the Table companion DVD. If you don’t yet have it I highly recommend ordering it. It’s perfect for small groups or even family or personal … Continue reading A Place at the Table: Days 1-10
Chapters 3 and 4 of the book offer some practical advice for participating in the discipline of fasting. As such I’ve decided to address them both together. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent and … Continue reading A Place at the Table: Chapters 3 + 4 – Tools, Fasting and Feasting
We have some great conversation going on right now based on the first chapter of the book. Thanks to everyone who has taken part so far. Now it’s time to move on to the second chapter, titled “Miracle Bread.” In … Continue reading A Place at the Table: Chapter 2 – Miracle Bread
In the first chapter of A Place at the Table, Chris Seay challenges us to consider the plight of the poor around the world. In a country like America, where an abundance of food choices are made readily available and … Continue reading A Place at the Table: Chapter 1 – From Consuming to Sharing
Earlier today I shared with Chris Seay that I’ll be facilitating an online discussion of his new book A Place at the Table: 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor here on my blog. He was kind enough to spread … Continue reading Join in!
Chris Seay, pastor of Ecclesia Church in Houston, has written a new book titled A Place at the Table: 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor. In it he challenges Christians to “fast” from consumerism by committing to eat only … Continue reading A Place at the Table: 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor
This spoken word performance by Jeff Bethke, a contributor to Chiselseason.com, has been getting a lot of attention. It has been viewed over 2.5 million times since it was posted two days ago. There’s a saying in the church which states that … Continue reading “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus.”
Millions of television sets around the country will be tuned in to watch the Super Bowl on February 5th. If Democratic candidate Terry Randall has his way, the most violent images fans will be subjected to won’t take place on … Continue reading Candidate Plans Graphic Anti-Abortion Ads for Super Bowl
Dr. John C. Sanford is a retired Cornell professor with a PhD in plant breeding and plant genetics. He was one of the featured speakers at the recent “Veritas Exchange” series at RIT. As someone whose scientific pursuits were a catalyst in him making the swing from being an atheist to creationist he is – as one would imagine – a bit of an anomaly in the scientific community. This is a two-part interview that begins to explore his thesis titled Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome. I thought it might be an interesting thing to share as I … Continue reading Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome
We’ve reached the end of our countdown. I hope you’ve enjoyed listening to these songs as much as I have selecting them for you over the past few weeks. “Oh Come Divine Messiah” by Robbie Seay and Jennie Lee Riddle … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 12
I’ve posted a lot of relatively obscure indie Christmas tunes this year. It was with that in mind that I decided today’s tune would feature what could possibly be the quintessential Christmas performance. In my book, Nat King Cole’s 1961 … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 11
Today’s song is the anthemic “Cinnamon & Chocolate” by Butterfly Boucher. It’s part of the Ten Out of Tenn Christmas Sampler. This is the first song of hers that I’ve heard. But if the rest of her music is half … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 10
I had never heard of the band Bensonwells prior to downloading their Christmas EP on Noisetrade. But when I heard the bridge on their version of “White Christmas” I knew it was a strong contender to make this year’s countdown. … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 9
Folk Angel formed in 2009 when four friends decided to “write and rearrange traditional Christmas songs, and through that creative process we retell the Gospel story.” Each year the band releases a new album of Christmas tunes. This version of … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 8
This has definitely been a coming out year for The Civil Wars. Their debut album Barton Hallow is near the top of several year end “Best Of” lists and they’ve played some prestigious gigs including The Tonight Show, Austin City Limits, … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 7
Today’s “12 Tunes” song features three brothers ages 9,13 and 14 who are already better at playing bluegrass music then any of us will ever be at anything in our lives. It’s been a big year for this trio of … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 6
Alright, I’ll admit it, I have a soft spot for Michael Bublé. My wife started listening to him a couple of years ago when she heard him crooning away on some old Sinatra tune on our local jazz station. His … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 5
For many, the word “Christmas” is synonymous with “love” and “redemption.” In our home those words are also synonymous with the music of Over the Rhine. Each year I share a holiday tune from our favorite songwriting duo. This year … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 4
Earlier this season we began the Ho-Ho-Horrible Christmas Song Countdown, a fun way to identify the worst Christmas song of all time. Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Merry Christmas Baby” was one of the songs nominated for the countdown. This bluesy … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 3
I’m a sucker for lighthearted Christmas songs. Especially those songs that paint a picture of jovial winter scenes that conjure up feelings of love and happiness. It is Christmastime after all. That’s why I immediately took a liking to this … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 2
Every year there seems to be one holiday album that I discover early on that really helps put me in the Christmas spirit. That album this year was A Very She & Him Christmas by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, the duo … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 1
Though I’ve possibly made you believe otherwise with the HO-HO-HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS SONG COUNTDOWN I actually do really enjoy Christmas music. Each year I do a “12 Tunes of Christmas” countdown on my blog featuring some of my favorite Christmas songs … Continue reading 12 Tunes of Christmas – Coming December 13th!
It started with a simple question on Facebook, “What’s your least favorite Christmas tune?” There were so many great suggestions that I decided it would fun to put them all head-to-head in brackets and see which one truly emerged as … Continue reading The Ho-Ho-Horrible Christmas Song Countdown!
For the darkness of waiting of not knowing what is to come of staying ready and quiet and attentive, we praise you, O God: For the darkness and the light are both alike to you. For the darkness of staying … Continue reading Advent 1: For the Darkness of Waiting
The first time I visited my wife at her parents’ home when we were dating I noticed she had a poster on her bedroom wall that read, “If you love me, you’ll have sex with me.” It was part of … Continue reading “If you love me, you’ll have sex with me.”
In the summer of 1998 I had an opportunity to travel to Guinea, West Africa. I lived with a missionary family for the better part of three months in the remote city of Mamou. While I was there I had a … Continue reading Réveillez Vous Jesus Revient!
Earlier this week Christianity Today ran a piece in which they asked three different Christian leaders whether they believed that Christian-Muslim relations have improved since 9/11. Each of them gave three very different responses, which demonstrates just how varied American … Continue reading Christian-Muslim relations in a post-9/11 world
Part 1, 2, 3 Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin. I woke up early one damp, cool morning and made my way to the cafeteria for breakfast and some time … Continue reading Do Justice.
Part 1, 2, 3 What can we bring to the Lord, what kind of offerings should we give him? Should we bow before God with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers … Continue reading What kind of offerings?
The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night as the New Orleans Saints take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Each year we invite people to participate in our Pick’Em league on Yahoo! Sports. This is our ninth … Continue reading It’s NFL Pick’Em time!
Max McLean is an American actor and a narrator of audio books. In 2009 he performed a one-man show titled Mark’s Gospel which ran for several months in Chicago’s Theater District and earned him a Jeff Award. The play is … Continue reading Mark’s Gospel
Part 1, 2, 3 What can we bring to the Lord, what kind of offerings should we give him? Should we bow before God with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive … Continue reading Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly.
Yesterday I was privileged enough to celebrate the birth of the new nation of South Sudan with several Sudanese members of our community. One of the highlights of the celebration was when we joined them in singing the new South … Continue reading South Sudan, Oyee!
It’s been a long time coming, but fans of Donald Miller’s best selling book Blue Like Jazz are finally getting their first glimpse of the movie adaptation of the book. Fans of the book may also notice that the trailer doesn’t … Continue reading Blue Like Jazz – Official Trailer
It’s that time of year again. When for nine great nights the city of Rochester becomes home to some of the best live artists in the world. The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival attracts record crowds every year, and club … Continue reading The Poor Man’s Guide to the XRIJF