Christmas Lights, Keeping Shining On

Whether you are a Christian or not, in some way or another, you are waiting for some kind of advent–an arrival of something in your life to give you light and hope. Deep down, there is a sense of guilt, shame, inadequacy, and incompleteness in all of us. To solve these problems, we run to money, success,…

The Need for Christmas Light

This past Sunday was the beginning of Advent, the season in the church calendar that leads up to Christmas day. Advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning “arrival” or “coming”) is a time of anticipation. But it’s not anticipating for gifts or parties or egg nog. It’s a season of longing for hope—true hope in the midst of…

Tuesday Tunes

Civil Twilight is a band I’ve gotten into lately.  Their hit song is “Letters From the Sky.”  They aren’t a “Christian band,” but this song could be about Jesus’ second coming.  It’s either that or about a long, lost girlfriend. If you need help, read the lyrics. Oh, and they are also from the most…

If your eternity was based on your iTunes, where would you go?

The music genre labeled “Christian” has traditionally been plagued with fluffy, cliche lyrics and repetitive, acoustic guitar chords.  A lot of it is bad.   But some of it is good.  There are talented “Christian” bands that don’t sing about Jesus in every song (or any).   There are talented “Christian” artists that nearly always sing…