Music

To Touch the Face of God

By Daniel Martins My parents were not particularly musical. Neither played an instrument, and the only organized singing they ever did was when my mother was in the church choir for a time. My father, who wa... Read More...

Serious and Joyful

The Great Passion A Novel By James Runcie Bloomsbury, 260 pp., $28 Review by Christine Havens In his sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, the rector of my church referred to Bach’s writing of St. Mat... Read More...

More than Music

By Robert Adams In the days before the first pandemic Thanksgiving, New York City freelance violinist Heather Bixler’s spiritual disquiet boiled over. The city was shut down, Broadway was dark, music venues ... Read More...

The Confessions of Mark Heard

By Joey Royal  Mark Heard, who died in 1992, was one of the truly great American songwriters. He spent much of his career on the margins of the Christian music industry, and never found mainstream success du... Read More...

Turn Up the Sad Songs for Advent

By Cole Hartin Advent is the season of longing, of preparation, of hope. As I’ve been reflecting on these themes over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve realized that most of the music I am drawn to year... Read More...

“Imagine” Is Harder Than You Think

By Charlie Clauss I’m sure I wasn’t the only one excited that the Olympics, postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic, finally happened this August. With cases on the rise in Japan, it was not a sure thing. Wa... Read More...

I Hate That Hymn

By Steve Schlossberg The only thing complained about in church more often than the lousy sermon is the lousy music. Bad preaching we learn to begrudgingly tolerate because we find ourselves without alternati... Read More...