Pliny the Younger, the governor of Bythinia, wrote a letter to the Roman emperor Trajan around 112 AD seeking advice on how best to persecute the Christians. In that letter, he said Christians did were doing a weird thing – they gathered together before the sun came up and sang… Read More
Archive Tag: Christian music
Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas For The Bruised
At an Amy Grant concert, there are a lot of women who got through adolescence and college and marriage/divorce and motherhood listening to her music. There are the men who claim their wives made them come but, truth be told, have been secret fans for decades. And then there are… Read More
Meeting Bad Ideas With Grace & Truth
The experts talked about injury reports from training camp. We marked through player names on our fantasy football wish lists. And Gresham wished. “I wish we could draft cheerleaders,” he said. He added a wide receiver’s name to bottom of his page. “How would they earn points?” I asked, marking… Read More
You Wouldn’t Play There Would You?
On the bus, before going on stage, the guys in Jars of Clay and I sang hymns and prayed together, thanking God for the opportunity of the night and asking Him to use us. Then we went on stage and sang about Jesus for everyone who showed up. View Post
An Industry Of Troubadours
“So what is you do these days exactly?” I asked.
Four hours later, the answer – interrupt by fascinating tangents and dinner and dessert and coffee and children – was finished. And I’d spent the evening with a legend in music. View Post
Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards Move Toward Meaning
In 2002 I was nominated for five Dove Awards and won none of them. The alleged reason why this happened is almost certainly why winning a Dove Award has become meaningless to artists and fans alike. But recent changes at the Gospel Music Association may be a move toward meaning. View Post