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Old Boyfriends and What We Keep Hidden: Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past

Old Boyfriends and What We Keep Hidden: Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past

As of late, the subject of one’s past has become a pretty popular topic. Political candidates and beauty contestants alike all seem to have histories that are up for discussion and judgment. And the past, in our current climate, appears to generally be full of things people want to remain hidden.

Of course, the past always has a way of whispering hello to us, all these years later.

In early June I was driving our children up from Mississippi to Sewanee, Tennessee. Which meant, as luck would have it, that we drove right past Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Many of my weekends in college…

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Why Can't We Just Celebrate?

Why Can’t We Just Celebrate?

The Miami Heat have won 27 consecutive basketball games. For regular readers of this space, you’ll know that I take great pleasure in this. What I don’t take great pleasure in, however, is our collective inability to celebrate an unassailably great accomplishment.

The all-time NBA record for consecutive victories is 33, by the Los Angeles Lakers (of Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West) during the 1971-72 season. Naturally, there is great interest to see whether or not Miami can break this record. But the interest doesn’t stop there. No. We must know, for instance, if this Miami team…

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Viral Video Virtues

Q: What do the Law without Gospel and a Watermelon Catapult Competition in the Amazing Race have in common?

A: When our own attempts to fulfill the law backfire and lead to self destruction, we’re told to get up and finish the task we weren’t able to complete in the first place.
Comment on this post if you’re glad the Christian Life is not the Amazing Race, but Amazing Grace! (see what I did there?)
How Can You Stand Next To The Truth And Not See It? - U2 at Giants Stadium

How Can You Stand Next To The Truth And Not See It? – U2 at Giants Stadium

Talk about jealousy – our friend Nathan was among those fortunate enough to score tickets to U2’s much-anticipated gig in NYC last night, and he sent us the following report. [To read Aaron Zimmerman’s excellent 4-part series on the spiritual history of the band, click here, here, here and here.]

“We’ve got a spaceship,” Bono said in reference to the massive staging above his head in the center of the stadium, “but we’re not going anywhere without you.”

He didn’t just invite the audience on his otherworldly journey, he also invited Someone Else: at the end of the first song, “Breathe”, he…

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The Kings Of Leon Could Use Somebody Like You

Their story is pretty well-known by now: three sons of a traveling Pentecostal minister form a band with their cousin and hit it incredibly big in England. No, they didn’t ditch their upbringing entirely; in fact, they seem only to have jettisoned most of the moralism while holding on to the most essential and powerful parts of their/our faith. I can’t seem to get their new record (Only By The Night) out of my head. See below:

From an interview in this week’s NY Magazine with frontman Caleb Followill:

You grew up with religious music—you were forbidden from listening to anything secular….

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Amazing Grace – The Man (in Black) Comes Around

Last night at our weekly Mockingbird Hour we took at the life of music legend Johnny Cash. One of the things we read was Dan Haseltine’s (lead singer of Jars of Clay) foreword for The Man Comes Around: The Spiritual Journey of Johnny Cash. It was so good that I thought I’d share it with all of you.

Just to give some context, for those who are unfamiliar with Cash’s life and career a couple of his biggest hits were songs about prisoners, and two of his biggest selling albums were live recordings of him playing at Folsom Prison and San…

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