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Blessed is the Man | an interview with Dale Fredrickson

During the height of the long-overdue #MeToo reckoning, when so many people (primarily women, and feminine-identified) were sharing their stories of assault, violation, and pain, I wrote a reflection that’s turned out to be my post popular online writing to-date, with over 20,000 readers sharing: An Open Letter to my Brothers in light of #MeToo. In […]

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Why Does Christian Music Suck? | Impolite Questions for a Generous God | Jeremy Armstrong

The following is an excerpt from Impolite Questions for a Generous God by Jeremy Armstrong. It’s a featured Speakeasy selection, and there are still limited review copies available for qualified reviewers. As a one-time Christian music journalist, critic, and editor of a magazine focused on worship and the arts, I still get asked by family, acquaintances, and […]

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A Chance to Redefine

It’s a new year, friend. And what a previous year it’s been. I, for one, resolve to remember the lessons of this past year while letting go of their trauma, Savoring the relationships while releasing the heartbreak; Celebrating the amazing growth I’ve experienced while embracing all the parts of me and my world – even the regressive ones that […]

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Amazing Grace Redux | Cyndi McCoy

Cyndi McCoy is an online friend I know from Pyrotheology circles. She recently released her own take on Amazing Grace – completely lyrically independent from the 18th-century version. While the original is justifiably a classic (it even gets covered by Krishna Das and Sting!), Cyndi’s rendition packs quite the lyrical punch. It’s quite…incendiary, scandalizing in its […]

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part – What I Learned About Advent from Tom Petty

Tom Petty transitioned this October, leaving the world of our senses and joining the great cloud of witnesses. An artist of humility and versatility, this Advent I’ve been reflecting on his 1981 hit The Waiting. Starting right away with Oh baby don’t it feel like heaven right now?, Petty evokes the rush of true love newly discovered. […]

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