Shower The People (Cover)

As the last horrible week unfolded, amidst the mass shooting, hurricanes, and the usual daily Tweets, I had the overwhelming urge to play this song. Life is just so heavy right now, and we’re all in such need of hope. This song has always given me hope. You can’t help but feel a little better […]

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Just As I Am (A Steve Fisher Cover)

I get haunted by songs. I pity those who don’t. I have no idea how they make it through the day. The songs that stay with me, the earworms every morning, these get me through life. Recently, I’ve been haunted by a song from my friend, Steve Fisher. One night when I was at Kerrville […]

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“Moral Licensing” (You Need to Know About It)

“Why wasn’t there a whole new generation of Barack Obamas?” It’s a question Audie Cornish asked Gwen Ifill during an NPR interview last week. A year after President Obama’s first election in 2008, Ifill wrote a compelling book: “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” The thesis of the book was that […]

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Let It Be

I believe sometimes our loved ones visit us in dreams, after they are gone. This happened to me when I was about ten. Just after my grandfather Frankie died, I dreamed he drove down to Dallas in the 1965 Mustang that, in the waking world, would eventually become mine. He woke us up and gathered […]

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Bake for them two

Originally posted on Ten Thousand Places:
In Jesus’ time, the nation of Israel was under Roman rule. The Israelites were allowed to live there and practice their faith for the most part, but they had to pay taxes to Caesar and obey the Roman laws. To the Israelites, the Romans were evil and ungodly. They…

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That Moment When Magic Happens

One of my favorite little movies of the past year was “Begin Again.” It’s a movie about music, songwriters, and music producing. For those of you in any of these fields, run out and see it now. Yes, it’s a Hollywood film. Yes, there’s a ton about it that’s really, really unrealistic. But it also […]

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Jesus Ruins Christmas

A Christmas song from the great David Wilcox. Basically, what would happen if you imagined that Jesus’ entry into the Temple took place during, say, this very week during Christmastime, at a shopping mall near you. Same story, really. Same. Exact. Story. Which is what makes it brilliant. Listen here: Lyrics here. Available as a […]

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Anna Jarvis Had It Right

Think Mother’s Day has become too commercial? Think the greeting card companies control too much? Think the florists and chocolatiers have become more important than the real meaning of the day? The founder of the modern Mother’s Day agreed with you. I’ve previously blogged about the first Mother’s Day, and how it was conceived as […]

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