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New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Radical Spirituality: Repentance, Resistance, Revoluton by Jason Storbakken / Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians by Eliza ...

How Lecrae Mixed Rap and Theology to Find Huge, Mainstream Success
Originally Posted: 09/29/2014 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

He’s been crowned the “new hip-hop king” and his newest album, “Anomaly,” topped iTunes and Amazon charts the day of its Sept. 9 release. He’s been invited to birthday parties for both Billy Graham and Michael ...

A New Hymn for Sunday: 'Once a Father Told His Children'
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

This hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette asks the question what does it mean to be a Christian, a church? Whom do we serve? How shall we respond to those in need? A Hymn for This S ...

U2: Seeking An Ecclesiology
Originally Posted: 09/17/2014 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

What we're seeing is four guys from Ireland with way the hell too much money showing us what we have been wanting all along: a new way of being the institutional church. By n ...

U2: The Art of Hitting One's Stride
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Personally, I find it beautiful. It's a glorious album. But don't let the music distract you from what they are trying to do with it. Perhaps you heard. U2 has a new alb ...

Gown of Grief: The Collection’s Songs of Mourning and Celebration
Originally Posted: 07/23/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

The Christians that remain relevant in our world have invested in the Kingdom here, now, and all around us, and they don’t shove tracts that guarantee afterlife fantasies in our faces on the same street corner ...

Waiting for the Music
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

The attention that comes from being lost in the space, the time, the sound, in one another, grounds me like none other. I am waiting for the music to return — the sonorous graces ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber / Anicent Sufi Invocations and Forgotten Songs from Aleppo by NAWA / Invisible Hands by ...

The Space Between the Notes
Originally Posted: 05/26/2014 - 7:29pm | Type: Blog

As a teacher and a writer, I remember each day that music is the space between the notes. Where there is a child trying to sound out a word and write out a complete sentence or a character trying to live in th ...

People Love Their Nickel Creek
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

I didn’t realize so many people could love Nickel Creek so strongly. The last time I listened to Nickel Creek was to analyze their adaptation of Robert Burns’ poem, “Sweet Afton,” ...

Tapping the Sacred Power of Song
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Sophia Har Music as Prayer: The Theology and Practice of Church Music, by Thomas H. Troeger MUSIC IS OFTEN re ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Her Next Chapter by Chicago Review Press / A Shimmer of Something by Liturgical Press / The New Parish by IVP Books / A Perm ...

Do We Seek Experiences Instead of God?
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Like Elijah, we have a tendency to put God in a box assuming any experience has to fall within certain parameters. Reading the Bible from the comfort of my couch, I find myself po ...

Liturgical Nostalgimania
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

We are retooling liturgies left and right. This practice is neither good or bad, but there is an ethical ambiguity that may need to be addressed.The new is born of ideations of the old. Then sold in the liturg ...

Holy Week Music Sets a High Bar, But One Church Rises to the Challenge
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

Think Christmas, and carols come to mind: “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” “The First Noel.” But think of the other great Christian season — Holy Week and Easter — and most people draw a musical blank. ...

Sweet Soul Paradox
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 12:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The glory of the FAME studio had its roots in the deep shame of rural Southern poverty. O ...

Art, Liturgy, and the Future of Music: A Q&A With Gungor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 8:32am | Type: Blog

Last week, Sojourners’ Associate Web Editor Catherine Woodiwiss caught up with musical collective Gungor at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Here’s what Michael Gungor has to say about art, liturgy, and th ...

Spring Is Victory Lane
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

Some day soon, pop music will start wafting through the urban canyons where I live. Some day soon, pop music will start wafting through the urban canyons where I live. Rap, sal ...

Visionary Vapor: Starting Lent with Michael Gungor and The Liturgists
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

If you were not on the Gungor or Michael Gungor Twitter feed over the first two days of March, you might have missed the news about a new band, a new record, and a new mini-tour. ...

SXSW 2014 Where Faith Joins The Convo
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Press

March 8, 2014 Sojo in the News DJ Chuang ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Just Jesus by Walter Wink with Steven Berry / On "Strangers No Longer" by Paulist Press / Eve by Angélique Kidjo / ...

Singing in Pete Seeger's Choir
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum He didn't just sing for the audience. He got them to sing for themselves. WHEN I MOV ...

Not Afraid of the Dark
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The Coens realize that sometimes, of course, comedy is bleak. But the point of gargoyles is to remind us that sacred and p ...

Forget Swords and Plowshares: Turn Guns Into Guitars
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

When properly presented and engaged, great art invades our dreams and haunts our waking hours. It causes us to see reality in a new way, and sometimes even presents an alternative vision for what the future co ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores S. Williams / Social Music by Jon Batiste and Stay ...

A Year in Music
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

This year I have been trying something new to me. I’m trying my hands at a little music or concert review. It’s a chance to experiment with this nascent methodology I’m developing. ...

Why Switchfoot Won’t Write Christian Songs
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Way back in the day (circa 2004), Switchfoot's lead singer, Jon Foreman, was asked if the band is a “Christian” band. Even though it's been a while, his response is worth looking at again. ...

The Spirituality of Katy Perry -- Pointing Toward Unconditional Love
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Despite Katy Perry's "Unconditional" love song, in real life, romantic feelings are highly conditional. They come and they go. But God's love is unconditional. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter A blog by David Hilfiker / Sing to the Moon by Laure Mvula / High Rise Stories:Voices from Chicago Public Houses by Audrey P ...

ICYMI: Brooklyn-Based Lucius' Vintage Pop Tunes Are A Must Listen
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Brooklyn-based Lucius have managed to craft an album with diverse songs, catchy hooks, and really powerful vocals and harmonies stick in your head for days. It seems rare these da ...

ICYMI: Heavy Hearts on The Head and the Heart's Sophomore Release
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

While not nearly as upbeat as their last record, “Let’s Be Still” is perhaps deeper and rawer. The standout songs don’t pull it up enough to eclipse its predecessor, but it’s still worth giving a listen. ...

WATCH: The Head and the Heart's New Single Written in the Wake of the Newtown Tragedy
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Seattle-based folk group The Head and the Heart released their newest single, "Another Story," off of their anticipated upcoming album, Let's Be Still. Seattle-base ...

'I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You:' Album Review
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

In previous albums, Derek has been more critical of what we could refer to as the “Christian Right” — those who vote for politicians just because they are anti-gay marriage (“Freddy Please”) or that support ev ...

Problems with Christian Contemporary Music: An Interview with Trey Pearson of 'Everyday Sunday'
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

No offense to the artists that are ruling Christian music, but it's just not at the peak of the creative music spectrum. It almost never is. It always feels behind, and that's because the gatekeepers ...

Let It Ring: Indigo Girls Grace The Goose
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

To be frank, I have been to a lot of secular music festivals that pay admirable lip service to activism, but these did not feel like they were anything close to being part of a movement. Wild Goose, on the oth ...

Troy Bronsink’s 'Songs To Pray By' Travels To Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

A solo Bronsink will be presenting his musical work tomorrow at the Wild Goose Festival. We both took a break from packing and planning our journeys to North Carolina for this email interview. ...

Presbyterians Stir Theology Debate by Rejecting Popular New Hymn
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

The committee putting together a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church (USA) dropped the popular hymn “In Christ Alone” because the song’s authors refused to change a phrase about the wrath of God. ...

Second Time Around: Wild Goose Mixtape 2013
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

Café) Phil Madeira – Mercyland (Fri 8.9 – 9:00pm @ Main Stage) The Collection – Lazarus (Thu ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter The March by PBS / Secular Days, Sacred Moments edited by David Cooper / One True Vine by Mavis Staples / The Israeli-Palest ...

David Wimbish: Life, Death, Fundraising, and Festivals
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

At the 2012  Wild Goose , for an afternoon set at a tent tucked away on the backwoods of the festival site, a young North Carolina band blew minds and won fans. More than just a band — more like a multicolored movement of sonic jubilee —  David Wimbi ...

Animal Collective: ‘With It’
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Animal Collective create intricate soundscapes that take themselves and their listeners into an experience that, whether they like it or not, is reminiscent — at the least — of an experiential look at eternal ...

The Price of Holiness
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

I have been talking to a friend lately about the nature of achievement. We have been talking about money and art and what it means to care for oneself and the concept that human beings deserve to be happy. Or, ...

Bobby McFerrin: Praying as He Sings
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

He’s best known for his iconic 1980s feel-good hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” but Grammy-award winning artist Bobby McFerrin explores a deeper side of life in a new album. He’s best ...

ICYMI: Vampire Weekend Wrestle with Faith ... Wait, Really?
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

On this album, the third in what Koenig sees as a trilogy, Vampire Weekend manage to mature their poppy, eclectic sound, drawing from all sorts of genres and international songs — as they normally do — but als ...

Mumford and Sons: Eschatological Banjos
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

As the people of the earth can enter into the city of God bringing what they have (Rev. 21) so too does the congregation bring all that they are to worship. A couple of weeks ago ...

Mumford and Sons: A Festival of Devotion
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Maybe you know that they were interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine. You might even know they have been criticized by a few religious leaders for being lukewarm in their faith. Yeah. It's all out there fo ...

Catholic Rocker Matt Maher Finds Cross-Over Appeal Among Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Growing up Roman Catholic in Newfoundland, Matt Maher never imagined that his childhood interest in music would lead to a career as a Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Christian rocker — let alone a crossover ar ...

The 2013 Sweetlife Festival: At the Intersection of Passion and Purpose
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Hopefully Christians can learn from what sweetgreen has accomplished in just four short years to provide a culturally impressive and respected music experience with a delicious and nutritious food experience a ...

Old School Harmonies, Hold the Irony
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Then Sings My Soul: The Culture of Southern Gospel Music. University of Illinois Press IF YOU ...

Stornoway: Hopeful and Honest
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

Stornoway delivered with hopeful, honest songs about life, love, and everything in between. Delightful is probably the best word to describe their music and the experience of seeing them live. It’s like taking ...