Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty was suspended “indefinitely” for daring to tell a GQ Magazine writer that homosexuality is a sin during an interview. GLAAD jumped on the “punish Phil” bandwagon and the network did just that. A&E Networks have overstepped their bounds! The members of GLAAD can speak and so can the rest of us!
- Find out the rest of the story and how to support Phil by reading the article I wrote for Hallels.com
This is one of the most stunning performances I have seen this year! David Phelps is in the running for the 2013 Dove Awards “Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year” with this song and I, for one, think he should get it. Yes, the other songs are all great, but this goes well beyond “great” into “blown away” territory.
If I don’t like it then that MUST mean that God doesn’t like it – so it’s “of the devil.” Right? My way is the ONLY “right” way because its’ the only “God approved” way! (And no – I am not talking about the people at Westboro Baptist Church who seem that believe that God hates everyone but them.) I’m talking about smaller, lesser known “ministries” and even individuals who take to the internet to condemn all of us who don’t agree with them. Continue reading
Sign carried by street preacher at Seattle Pridefest.
About a month ago, I read an article online about how most people don’t actually read all the way to the end, yet they “like” and share at a high rate. There were a lot of charts and data in the article, but the nutshell synopsis was that people are sharing articles based on what they THINK they are about after reading the first screen. In other words, they see a small piece of the puzzle and determine the whole picture is good enough to share with the world without ever seeing it.
The article (which I read all the way to the end) gave me a chuckle but it was sadly true and it pointed to a condition we humans seem to suffer from an awful lot … seeing what we want to see. We see a small piece of something and fill in the blanks for the rest based on what our mindset tells us it must be about. Continue reading
We’ve all heard the 23rd Psalm. Most Christians have memorized the first line and can say it with ease … The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. The question is, how many of you really mean it? Shall … not … want. If we say we don’t want for anything, why do we have so many long lists of things we want and/or believe we need?
This past February, Christian music icon Carman was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Rather than curling up in a ball of defeat, he became more determined than ever to fight the enemy. He wrote new songs and started a Kickstarter campaign to record them and tour. He took a literal death sentence and turned it into an opportunity to share eternal life with his last breaths. He became the epitome of Psalm 23. I shall not want. Continue reading
The power of words
My “day job” is that of a Christian music journalist, so I have google alerts set to deliver anything based on Christian Music to my email.
Over the years, I’ve gotten used to seeing things from places like Yahoo Answers where one of the favorite troll questions in the faith section is “Why is Christian music so _____ (fill in that blank with lame, annoying, bad, awful, etc.) I call those “troll questions” because the people asking don’t seem to have any actual complaints (ie. lyrics, chord progression, musicality, etc.), they just want a response and let’s face it – bashing anything Christian is a pastime for some folks. Continue reading
When Louie Giglio, the Atlanta pastor and Passion Conference founder, was selected alongside Myrlie Evers-Williams (widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers) to deliver the invocation and benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, the President was quoted as saying, “Their voices have inspired many people across this great nation within the faith community and beyond. Their careers reflect the ideals that the vice president and I continue to pursue for all Americans—justice, equality, and opportunity.” Continue reading