Confessions #2, #3 and #4

I've been in the confessing mood lately, I suppose, for I have a few posts I plan to roll out in my Confessions category. There's something we Protestants are missing out on, because there aren't confessionals in or near our sanctuaries -- we have basketball hoops in mine. Now, I'm not advocating confessing sins to…

Realizing I’m Not the Main Character

I don’t see it much in movies anymore, but whenever there was a chase scene that usually began on foot, eventually one of the cops would stop a motorist and demand to use their car. Some sort of law, perhaps eminent domain, permitted them to simply take their vehicle for police use. Of course, there was never any time for forms and signatures and “just compensation,” and since the drivers would be listed toward the bottom of the credits (if at all), we’d never know what happened to them. That I even think about the drivers exposes a slight neurosis.

Alabaster Tears (Part 8): More Than a Feeling

Hedonism, the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness any way possible, doesn’t satisfy. Neither does religion, which is like stagnant water. Religion convicted her of her hedonistic lifestyle, providing her with ample guilt to keep her devoted her entire life—and empty. But the reality of guilt and the emotion of guilt must lead somewhere other than religious exercises. So she brought her guilt to Jesus, and he overturned the verdict and began the process of eradicating her burden of guilt.

Con fuoco e amore

A couple weeks ago I was preparing a song for a wedding. The sheet music didn’t offer much help in the way of tempo, for it simply said “with feeling.” With feeling?! How would you play otherwise? I’ve never seen without feeling. Or a la zombie. If music is played stoically, then it shouldn’t be played at all. This got me thinking about musical directions …

Joy to the World

I’m interrupting my “Look Back” series of posts for something that’s been on my heart for quite some time and brought to the forefront of my thinking recently by a Time magazine article, “Church Group Attacks Christmas Commercialism,” which reports on a worldwide movement of Christians who are foregoing the American version of Christmas and opting instead to see the needs around them, if even across the world. There are two notions I’d like to challenge, and both are mentioned in the Time article.