The Archives

Wall-E + Coldplay = ?

I’m sure everyone has heard some reference to the eerie coupling of music and film evidenced by joining Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz.  If you haven’t, let me give you a brief introduction: get Dark Side of the Moon ready on your music player of choice and at [...]

A Valentine’s Song of the Day: Andy Gullahorn

With Valentine’s Day upon us, I thought Andy Gullahorn’s song “Give it Time” would be a fitting “Song of the Day.”  This song is wise, and I think rare, because it touches on the wonder and beauty of love that is tended to over time.  Songs about love bowling you over and filling you up [...]

Out With The Old And In With The… Old

Christian Music Central posted my New Year’s devotional recently (I know it’s February, but I just found out it was posted – sorry about that!) and you can read it here.  I hope you enjoy it.  If you do, leave a comment and let CMCentral know.  It was also posted at Christian Music Planet

An excerpt:

Name…That…Studio!

Fellow Rabbit Roomers, I need your help. As exciting as anything that has happened to me in these gloomy,  heavy-set winter months is the recent re-purposing of my little white backyard shed into a new art studio. I’ll soon be wearing my tomato red art apron in a new kind of kitchen. I get to [...]

Two, Part II: Churchianity or Chicks, Booze, and Bongs

When we come to know the forgiveness of God in Christ and accept His life into our humanity, there’s one thing that doesn’t seem to change right away – we still carry the wrong Tree in our minds, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. We still carry the lie that we are [...]

After I’m Gone

Remember the movie “Big Fish” from 2003?  I recall sitting in my living room as the credits rolled, being struck by a thought I had never considered: my mom and dad had lives before I was born that were rich, complex and virtually unknown to me except for some basic details like where they lived, went to [...]

The Sacrificial Ram

In one of the early scenes of The Wrestler, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) shows off his scars as Cassidy the stripper (Marisa Tomei) responds with sympathy by whispering, “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brings us peace is upon him and by his wounds [...]

Two, Part I: Death, Death

The concept of two runs throughout Scripture. The storyline of Genesis 2 speaks of two trees in Eden: the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Jesus speaks of two “ways”; the narrow way leading to life, and the broad way to destruction. Paul speaks of two vessels: mercy [...]

Acedia & Me: A Book Review

Browsing the shelves of wicked-cool used bookstore here in Nashville, McKay Books, I happened upon Kathleen Norris’s (The Cloister Walk, Dakota, Amazing Grace) latest, Acedia & Me. Though I had no idea she had a new book out, the cheap sticker price for a primo first edition (Note: you will recall from a previous post that I have a more [...]

Song of the Day: David Wilcox

Tuesdays are for music, and this week, it’s David Wilcox.

David has long been one of singer/songwriter-dom’s luminaries, one of those guys who generates anecdotes as often as songs.  There’s the one about how someone looked down an alleyway in Nashville and saw him playing a song for someone. Or the one about how he and [...]

2008 — A Good Year for Indie Film

 

It seems as if indie movies were made for me. I’m wired for variety. In food, friends, experiences, books, and movies, I’m drawn to diversity.

It Takes a Community

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to hear Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City, speak to a packed house here in Nashville about his new book, The Prodigal God. After giving an outline of the book, he spent the rest of his time showing how his thesis applied to community. [...]

Myth and Rationality, Part 2

Rolland Hein wrote,

Myths are, first of all, stories: stories which confront us with something transcendent and eternal (Christian Mythmakers, p. 3).

The fundamental assumption of the fairy tale philosopher is that there is more to this world than what the five physical senses can perceive.  Ask us for scientific evidence of this, and we can’t and [...]

Song of the Day: Pierce Pettis, “That Kind of Love”

Pierce Pettis’s new album officially releases today.  He’s been selling it at his concerts for the last few months, so many of us can attest to its grooviness.  As on every Pettis album that I’m aware of, he opens with a cover of a Mark Heard song.  That, friends, is not just extremely humble, it [...]

Episode 10: Curt McLey, “A Thing Resounds When it Rings True”

A new episode, in which Curt reflects on the resonance of truth.  Pay no attention to the dude who reads the intro with a conspicuous lack of radio-quality voice. Thanks for listening, folks.  As always, suggestions for how we can improve the podcast are welcome.

[audio:Episode10.mp3]

Click here for iTunes.