July 13, 2020

Lent with John Prine: Sam Stone

Lent with John Prine Sam Stone There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes And Jesus Christ died for nothin’ I suppose Little pitchers have big ears — don’t stop to count the years Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios Mmm…. • John Prine’s saddest song — heard with […]

Lent with John Prine: Paradise

Lent with John Prine Paradise Then the coal company came with the world’s largest shovel And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man • The 1960s and 70s was a time […]

Lent with John Prine: Hello in There

Lent with John Prine Hello in There We are listening to iconic American folksinger John Prine during Lent this year, choosing songs that highlight themes of the season. Of course, in Lent we think of change as well as our mortality — themes artists have always and will ever address. I can’t think of a […]

Ash Wednesday with an Angel from Montgomery

Ash Wednesday with an Angel from Montgomery Make me an angel That flies from Montgomery Make me a poster Of an old rodeo Just give me one thing That I can hold on to To believe in this livin’ Is just a hard way to go Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I […]

Happy New Year! — My January Playlist

Happy New Year! Here is my music playlist for January. It’s all about circles ’round the sun, a new creation in time, darkness and cold, love and loss, cabin fever, and finding the strength to pray and work for peace. • • • 1 Auld Lang Syne (James Taylor) 2 One More Circle (Peter Mayer) […]

Monday Miscellany

Monday Miscellany Yesterday’s lectionary Gospel reading was Mark 10:2-16, a passage I understand a lot of pastors dread preaching. It is a “divorce” passage where Jesus speaks directly to the subject. I like what our pastor said. He stressed God’s design for couples to marry and live together in love for a lifetime. And then […]

Dan Jepsen: The Restless, Raging Fury that They Call the Love of God

Note from CM: We’re focusing on music this week, and today we turn it over to Pastor Dan to remind us of one of the freshest and most honest voices that ever participated in the contemporary Christian music movement. • • • The Restless, Raging Fury that They Call the Love of God by Daniel […]

“A Kiss Full of Color” — Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves — Golden Hour An Album Review Kacey Musgraves’s new album, gorgeous, brilliant, and shimmering, with all the right hooks and atmosphere, may be the best 70s-80s country/pop/folk album I’ve heard since, well, the 70s and 80s. Many are calling it the pop album of the year. Golden Hour comes to us, in the […]

Memorial Day 2018: Let Them In

A prayer for fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. By John Gorka

We dream of a million kites

More Music for Lent from Patty Griffin… In the middle of the night We try and try with all our might To light a little light down here In the middle of the night We dream of a million kites Flying high above The sadness and the fear