What Our Stories Say About Us

What are the stories embedded in our culture saying and how should Christians react, respond, and discern? This was the topic of discussion I engaged with Mike Cosper, pastor of worship and arts at Sojourn Community Church. Mike is a gifted voice at the intersection of theology and art in the church, one of the most thoughtful communicators I know. I hope you find this discussion fascinating and helpful: ...

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Finding Joy In a Fallen World

I've been deeply convicted lately, about my own writing and interaction on social media. I enjoy keeping up with current events, politics, and movements in the Church. I like writing in reaction to news stories, helping people think biblically about what is going on in the world. I'd like to think I do a fair job at doing this, but I know that because I see "through a glass darkly" even at my best, my view of the world is tainted by sin. It's a good thing to help people size up the world biblically, but if we're not careful (and by we, I mean me), people can assume that the Christian faith is all about cynicism, negativity, and opposition. I recently read, afresh, Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if...

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Friday Five: Jenny and Tyler

Jenny & Tyler are a husband-wife pop-folk band originally from Newark, Delaware, and currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. The group consists of singer-songwriters Jenny Somers and Tyler Somers. They have a unique style that has often been called, "soul grass." The duo has independently released three full-length albums and two EPs, and regularly tours the United States. They have collaborated with artists such as Mac Powell, Levi Weaver and Joel Rakes.They have just released a brand-new album, Open Your Doors.  I found their music on Noisetrade and immediately loved its creativity, originality, and spiritual depth. So I asked them if they'd stop by for a short, but sweet interview on today's Friday Five: Was there a moment in each of your lives when you knew music would be your life?  There wasn't a specific moment per say, but when we first went to Nashville together during the summer of 2006, we solidified a...

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