Loved by J.J. Heller Review

A guest post by Carly Pruch J.J. Heller releases her newest studio album today entitled Loved. On the whole, Loved has the theme of perseverance through suffering and heartache by believing and trusting in the truth of Jesus. Although only one song actually mentions Jesus by name, it’s clear her trust in him is what has and will continue to carry her through life. Because all of us have suffered or will suffer in some measure, I think any listener will connect with this album at one point or another in their life. I know that after listening to Loved, I found myself praying … Continue reading Loved by J.J. Heller Review

Jesus is Not Our Boyfriend

I have a love-hate relationship with Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). I love it because it desires to make music for Jesus. I hate it because it is often shallower than the kiddie pool. Unfortunately, its shallowness often overwhelms and leaves me longing for more. I always hesitate to write about something I know little about. I am not a music expert or critic, and I cannot play guitar like every other American male age 18-29. I theologize and preach and shepherd, so I am treading deep water. Nevertheless, I generally like music, and it does not take a music professor to … Continue reading Jesus is Not Our Boyfriend

Hear the Music, Don’t Learn the Steps

Part 5 in a 10 part series. View series intro and index. If you are anything like me (let’s hope not), your bent is to read the Bible to get information. You want to mine the peaks and valleys of Scripture for intellectual ascent, to out-wit, out-smart, or out-argue someone else in a theological debate. You want information because filling your brain makes you feel enlightened, special, smart, or just plain better than others. If you aren’t like me, I’m willing to be you are still a bit like me (too bad) in that you read the Bible for information, yet in … Continue reading Hear the Music, Don’t Learn the Steps

Blacklight by Tedashii

I am excited about this.  Tedashii releases his new studio album “Blacklight” on May 31.  It is now available for pre-order. If you order today you will get a free instant download of Tedashii’s first single “Riot” featuring Lecrae, C-Lite, Shane & Shane, PRo, KB,  and many more.  You can pre-order the CD, CD Deluxe, Vinyl, Blacklight Package Deal, or the Blacklight Deluxe Package Deal. Click HERE to pre-order. Most of you who subscribe to this blog are probably not rap fans. I’ll forgive you. You might think it’s awful music or incoherent or something elese. What is special about this album, and … Continue reading Blacklight by Tedashii

Atheism Doesn’t Do Much for Beauty, Art, and Love

If there is no God, and everything in this world is the product of (as Bertrand Russell famously put it) “an accidental collocation of atoms,” then there is no actual purpose for which we were made–we are accidents. If we are the product of accidental natural forces, then what we call “beauty” is nothing but a neurological hardwired response to particular data.  You only find certain scenery to be beautiful because you had ancestors who knew you would find food there and they dsurvived because of that neurological feature and now we have it too. In the same way, though music … Continue reading Atheism Doesn’t Do Much for Beauty, Art, and Love