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Cmcentral Devotional

I wrote another devotional for cmcentral about healing and what kind of faith it takes to get God to do amazing things. As a person with a stutter, I have tried for years to muster up the kind of faith that would move God to heal me. But so much in scripture would persuade me [...]

White Wolf on Wyoming Avenue

A terror-inducing darling of a storm blew through Nashville last night. As I sat in what I like to call my “outdoor living room” (carport-turned-porch) with my November issue of Gourmet and as a calm instrumental played, I commenced to enjoy one of the last warm evenings of the season. The rainfall soon began with [...]

Matthew’s Begats Live

Band of Brothers

Stephen E. Ambrose, 1992

Sources estimate that World War II veterans are dying at the rate of about 1,000 per day. Valiant attempts have been made to capture something of that war and the people who fought it, and it seems that the good attempts- the really good ones- involve Stephen Ambrose one way or another. [...]

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Well, folks. It’s been a while. I’ll update more later, but for now I’ll post a clip from the Behold the Lamb Live DVD. I’ll be putting up the rest of the songs as I have time. If you’re so inclined, send the links to the friends I hope you’re roping into coming to see [...]

Sara Groves: Tell Me What You Know


Sara Groves irritates me just a little bit. With each album she makes, she moves from strength to strength and is always raising the bar with the quality, depth, and lyrical ambition of her work. And as a fellow artist, that’s just a little irritating since it means the rest of us [...]

Andrew Peterson: Love and Thunder

I am outside on my front porch. The yellowed leaves are methodically falling from the black walnut in the yard, my breath is chalky visible in the recent cold snap, and lately I have been exploring the unpleasant nuances of the dark night of a soul – my own, to be exact. It is a [...]

Beyond Nature, Phil Keaggy, 1991

The other day I was on Andrew Osenga’s blog, where the topic lately has been “Top Five” lists. Several years ago, I made a top five “Christian Albums of all Time” list. (For more on what an “album” is, go here.) My list has been revised over the years some, but not much. And it [...]

Between Hating and Forgiving

“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured. I realized, somehow, through the screaming in my [...]

Into the Wild: Stranded on Bus 142

Into the Wild accents a tension between the value of relationships and freedom. There is little doubt on which side the main character in this movie comes down. Chris McCandless’s apparent creed is that freedom is most supremely manifest in nature. It’s not that he is necessarily opposed to relationships. In fact, he is a [...]

Peace Like a River, Leif Enger

11-year old Reuben Land, a character in the 2001 book Peace Like a River, provides narration that is clear-eyed and insightful, yet retains the magic, wonder, and innocence of youth. I found it easy to entrust my imagination to the author’s clever method of telling the story through the sensibilities of a pre-teen boy. An [...]

The String Session

Here’s a quick look at the string session. The song they’re working on here is “Hosanna”, and I have to say that I believe that Ben Shive has outdone himself. You should’ve heard these string players going on about how great the arrangements were, all the more amazed because Ben isn’t a string [...]

What’s in a Name? (warning: graphic Biblical content)

A name is more than a convenient handle; it’s an identity. My family names, the lineage of my father and mother, contain both good and evil – remnants of the Fall. For most of my life I’ve identified with those names, and have felt the push and pull of the good and evil of my [...]

The Road to Ensenada, Lyle Lovett

“He’s so…asymmetrical.” This was how a friend of mine once described his introduction to Lyle Lovett. My first introduction to Lyle was through the tabloids wondering how he managed to marry Julia Roberts. Then one day rummaging through the old Davis Kidd Bookstore in Green Hills, Tennessee, I found The Road to [...]