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. Was it a good idea to go ahead with such a large eve... Read More...

Harmonious Gospels: Symphony in (Year) B

By Jay Thomas As the season after Epiphany trudged through these long winter months before ceding its place to Lent, the Christmas season faded to an afterthought in the rearview mirror. The regular hum-drum... Read More...

Being Distracted by the Right Things

By Sam Keyes Three times now in an introductory course on sacraments and liturgy, I’ve asked students to reflect on a playlist of Church music that I assembled for them. To do such a thing at all challenges ... Read More...

Billy Joe Shaver and Music for the Land of Nod

By John Mason Lock With the political morass we've been enduring during this election cycle and the pressures of leading a church in a pandemic, I was about a week late in learning of the passing of one of my favorite country singers, Billy Joe Shaver, who ... Read More...

Christmas Music Worth Your Time

The following may not quite enable the musical equivalent of a monastic flight from the forced saccharine madness that blares from too many speakers in public places, but each album will help create spaces of Christian contemplation and reflection during the Christmas season.