“Young Love” is in the Air

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgThe Oregonian pop star studied literature and played soccer at California State University where his friend and producer invited him to Nashville to record and he never went back. Now, according to Rolling Stone, Mat Kearney is going back to his roots on Young Love. After he began recording, Nothing Left to Lose was released in 2006, followed by City of Black and White in 2009. The non-existent reggae-style songs on City of Black and White are back now for Kearney’s 2011 effort. His newest release, JUST KIDS came out in February of this year.

Young Love (Deluxe Edition) (2011): 15 tracks, 58 minutes

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Demon Hunter’s “True Defiance”

In recent years the Christian music scene has really exploded into all corners of the music spectrum. Whereas before you had mostly worship music with the occasional rock or rap album, now you have genres such as EDM and heavy metal represented as well. Demon Hunter have shown themselves to be one of the pioneers of Christian metal music. Starting off in Training for Utopia, frontman Ryan Clark and guitar player Don Clark then went on to form Demon Hunter in the early 2000s, releasing their self-titled debut in 2002. Summer of Darkness followed two years later, with The Triptych appearing in 2005 and Storm the Gates of Hell in 2007. Two live compilations followed and then DH reappeared with The World is a Thorn in 2010. True Defiance was released two years later and their latest release, Extremist, came out in 2014.

True Defiance (Deluxe Edition) (2012): 13 tracks, 58 minutes

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The God ‘Conclusion’ [Final Draft]

I wrote this expose of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion in the form of a letter to him. Although I haven’t actually sent it to him yet, I thought my readers might enjoy a preview of it.

Dear Professor Dawkins,

I have recently finished reading your celebrated work The God Delusion as a recommendation from a friend. Before I go any further, I want you to know that I am a born-again Christian. Furthermore, I am saddened at some of the hate mail that you have gotten from persons claiming to be Christians, but displaying an attitude much unlike their namesake. I want you to know, that though I may disagree with you on many points, I do not hate you and consequently do not hope that you die a painful death or burn in hell, as some have rashly commented.

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A quiet, suburban neighborhood is thrown into confusion and peril when in the aftermath of a gruesome shooting. The details surrounding the crime are concealed by the authorities, causing unrest and suspicion among the neighbors. Matt, Emma and Evan are certainly concerned about the mysterious events and have no intention of lounging around while their friends and families may be in danger.

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This May Be the Sound of the Saints, But it’s Not the Sound of Audio A

SOS_cover-webIf anyone else has been disappointed with the direction Audio Adrenaline has been taking recently, please let me know. Since 2006, when original lead vocalist Mark Stuart decided to disband due to vocal cord damage, the Christian music world took a hard loss to one of the greats. Well, since then, the group has “rebanded” (more like rebranded), consisting of Kevin Max as the lead singer. The only original member had been bassist Will McGuinness. However, for 2015’s Sound of the Saints, the band is headed up by Stellar Kart’s Adam Agee, with no original founding members.

Sound of the Saints (2015): 11 tracks, 40 minutes

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Unequally Cloaked

It may surprise you, but the dating scene has almost all but disappeared from most demographics. What has replaced it is the emotionally damaging hookup culture that leaves both ends of the “no-strings-attached” relationship damaged severely. This was certainly not the way God designed it to be.

And certainly is correct. But for Christians who date, what should our expectations be? 2 Corinthians 6:14 states “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” We’ve all heard this before. Don’t date someone who’s not a Christian. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Sounds nice, with all the church rhetoric surrounding it. But in practice, it doesn’t seem so hunky dory.

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The Bible – Clearing Up Misunderstandings

For youth group a couple years ago we did a critique of Kurt Eichenwald’s stinging article, “The Bible: So Misunderstood it’s a Sin.” As a response to this controversial work, I’ve divided the piece into four main claims and dealt with each one individually.

 

Claim #1: The Bible cannot be trusted because of translation and copying errors.

Eichenwald argues in “The Bible: So Misunderstood it’s a Sin” that we don’t have anything from the original biblical text for a myriad of reasons, including that the time spaces between the originals and the compilations into the canon took too long, the language, and many discrepancies.

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