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’
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
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.
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.”
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
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
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
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!
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?
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
A beautifully filmed orchestral rendition of “Words Remain” by Josh Garrels. Continue reading Josh Garrels – Words Remain
What is Heaven? Or better yet, where is Heaven? Growing up in the Church I was really only exposed to one idea of Heaven. It was a place where we go after we die. Future tense. Somewhere else. In this … Continue reading Love Wins: Chapter 2 – Here is the New There
Today is World Water Day, and as such I thought it would be a great opportunity to tell you all about something I’m doing along with others in our church to raise money to build wells in Africa. Many Christians … Continue reading 40 Days of Water
Wow. That was a lot of questions. And if you’re anything like me, each one of those questions opened up a series of other questions. More to think about, more to ponder. By the time I was finished I didn’t know … Continue reading Love Wins: Chapter 1 – What About the Flat Tire?
“God loves us. God offers us everlasting life by grace, freely given through no merit on our part. Unless you do not respond the right way. Then God will torture you forever in hell.” Huh? Welcome to our community dialogue … Continue reading Love Wins: Introduction
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks you have no doubt caught wind of the firestorm of controversy that surrounds Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins. In his latest release, Bell addresses traditional ideas about Heaven and Hell and asks his readers: “Will only a few select people make it to Heaven? And will billions and billions of people burn forever in Hell?” Even though the book has yet to be released, the questions Rob Bell has raised have set off a firestorm of criticism around the internet. Justin Taylor labeled Bell a “Universalist” … Continue reading Love Wins: A Community Dialog
For the past several weeks the series of teaching at our church has focused on the subject of marriage and relationships. Prior to the beginning of yesterday’s message on divorce – the conclusion of the series – this song was performed by two young women with angelic voices; one on keys, the other on guitar. I had heard stuff by The Civil Wars before, but not this tune. It’s beautiful. Enjoy! Continue reading The Civil Wars – Poison & Wine
According to a reports, Said Musa – who was sentenced to death for converting to Christianity – has been freed from prison and has been safely transported out of Afghanistan! Sources indicate that he was actually released on February 21st, but due to the sensitivity of the situation, officials acted in secrecy until he was secure. Little is known about the events, but it has been reported that both the U.S. and Italian Embassies offered him asylum. Continue reading Said Musa has been released!
If you find yourself short on heroes these days, please allow me to introduce you to Said Musa. In a few short days he is scheduled to be executed in Afghanistan. His crime? Converting to Christianity. Said Musa (also; Sayd Musa, Sayed Mossa) is an amputee; having lost his leg in a land mine explosion in the 1990s. For the past 15 years he has worked with the Red Cross, bringing relief to other amputees as a physiotherapist. For the past eight months he has been held prisoner in Kabul after a television station showed Westerners baptizing new Afghani Christians during secret … Continue reading “My body is theirs to do what they want with.”
There are an estimated 250,000 women incarcerated in the United States. In this tune Sara Groves sings a gorgeous rendition of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear to a beautiful handful of them. You can download this entire live album … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 7
Typically I don’t post videos in the “12 Tunes” countdown. I like to let the music stand on its own. This case is unique because the band invited fans to submit video footage to be part of their “communally made” … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 4
It’s that time of year again! The time when we count down the days until Christmas with a bunch of great tunes. Some well-known, some a little more obscure. Some serious, some silly. All guaranteed to bring a smile to … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 1
All My Favorite People – Over the Rhine Continue reading All My Favorite People
In recent years Derek Webb has carved out a nice niche for himself as Christian music’s provocative and controversial “voice in the wilderness.” Never one to mince words, he has taken on such issues with his music as Christian consumerism, … Continue reading Derek Webb – Feedback
It was announced today that Google, in partnership with Israel’s Antiquities Authority, will be publishing the complete Dead Sea Scrolls in a digital format beginning in a few months. For the first time in history the general public will have … Continue reading Dead Sea Scrolls go digital
The next 104 days have the potential to be a very volatile time in Sudan. On January 9th a referendum will be held to determine whether the people of Southern Sudan will remain a part of Sudan or become an independent nation. Tensions are mounting and the international community is keeping a watchful eye on the region. Continue reading Pray for Peace in Sudan
Here’s a high-quality video of a live performance by Josh Garrels. Josh Garrels – Zion & Babylon Continue reading Zion & Babylon