Friday, January 23, 2015

Working against the clock

I recently read (in one night because it's small) Killing Sin Habits: Conquering Sin with Radical Faith by Stuart Scott. The basic premise of the book is explicit in its title: faith, when applied correctly, can greatly help the believer in his fight against sin.

At the start of the book, Scott introduces a simple illustration to explain the typical Christian struggle with sin. His illustration is so painfully accurate that it was difficult to read as I thought about how I fit right into the unfortunate mold. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Christian Music Scale

Piggy-backing off of my last post about the top Christian albums of 2014, I decided to flesh out my thoughts a little bit more as to how I view the Christian music scene in general. 

Below you'll find a scale I made that charts out how biblical bands are (or aren't). The concept with the percentages is that we can gather a rough idea of how much the words of Scripture influence the words of songs made by any given band.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Top 5 Christian Albums of 2014 + extras

About the judge

I'm into biblical indie rock. To me, that's the sweetest of sweet spots. It provides for so much instrumental originality, while also providing a serious platform to communicate deep truths. There are so many good Christian indie bands right now and I've had fun finding the ones I've found. Besides that, I'm also into rock, rap, and whatever genre you'd like to attribute to Josh Garrels.  

I'm well aware that this post is not comprehensive. There are so many Christian bands out there today and many of the better ones require some digging to find. I'm also well aware that I'm no expert or insider in this realm -- these are just the opinions of one man. But I think they're pretty good opinions. :) 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A white man reflects on race in the American Church

Disclaimer: The following is a collection of thoughts from a Christian conservative who is white. This is a long post.
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I was very disappointed in Lecrae’s latest album, Anomaly. In my mind I had been preparing a blog post about it over the last several weeks, as I would do some kind of end-of-year Christian music wrap-up. I still think that’s profitable and I might do it eventually.

(UPDATE: You can now find that post here.)

But I was disappointed in Anomaly because, as Rembert Browne points out, “its primary theme isn’t Christianity.” Lecrae himself has said, “But Christian (sic) is my faith, not my genre.”


Monday, November 3, 2014

What about those who have never heard? (part 2)

One of the most common objections to the exclusivity of the Christian gospel goes something like this: "God must surely be forgiving toward those who never have heard of Him."

There are a few reactions that I have to this retort. 
First, it's a very loving thought. Anybody that makes a statement like this probably isn't trying to win a debate as much as they are trying to appeal to the love of God, in which they most certainly believe. To think of people in the world who are less advantaged and, in some cases, at a complete disadvantage in life, is absolutely commendable and appreciated. 

The next couple of thoughts I have about the above statement are less emotion-based and more theological/philosophical in nature. These two thoughts will make up parts one and two of this blog topic.

Read part one here.

There is no other way but Jesus.