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The Story Behind a Hymn I Wrote with Matt Boswell: O Spirit, Lift Our Eyes to Jesus

This is my first attempt at writing a hymn. I’m grateful for the beautiful melody that Matt Boswell gave these words, and I pray the hymn serves the Church well.

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Fernando Ortega Gives Us Jesus

A new album on the crucifixion continues Ortega’s legacy of delivering musical and lyrical substance in a world of shallowness and superficiality.

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Steven Curtis Chapman and the Christian Life as a ‘Great Adventure’

An appreciation of the autobiography of one of my favorite singers.

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The Christmas Hymn G. K. Chesterton’s Wife Gave Us

“How Far Is It To Bethlehem,” in light of a couple’s infertility.

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Christian Music Radio is More Theological Than You Think

The idea that Christian Contemporary music is only sappy, sentimental, superficial songs is simply untrue.

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Unashamed Outsider: What Evangelicals Can Learn From Lecrae

A memoir that casts the struggle of being the outsider as the test of true Christian faithfulness.

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Colton Dixon and the “Craziness” of Saving Sex for Marriage

How online commenters responded to the idea of saving sex for marriage.

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From Stephen Colbert to Taylor Swift: 4 Reasons I Write Cultural Commentary

Whenever I write about the worldview of a cultural icon or a cultural artifact, I brace myself for the comment streams and Facebook conversations.

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The Gospel According to Taylor Swift

According to Jesus, salvation is not about finding yourself, but losing yourself in order to find yourself in Him.

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dc Talk and the Influence of Faith-Fortifying Songs

20 years later, I’m revisiting “Jesus Freak.” Here is what has surprised me.

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