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Well, Thank God, There’s a Big Party After All This

“But there’s this one particular harbor, Sheltered from the wind, Where the children play on the shore each day And all is safe within.” ~Jimmy Buffett, “One Particular Harbor” “On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and […]

The Ministry of Weirdness, Courtesy of The Rev. Alfred Yankovic

“Even as a child, I understood on some intuitive level that Weird Al was not merely the Shakespeare of terrible food puns (“Might as well face it you’re addicted to spuds”) or an icon of anti-style (poodle fro, enormous glasses, questionable mustache, Hawaiian shirts) but a spiritual technician doing important work down in the engine […]

Casket Clarity: The Muse in a Time of Chaos

This one was written by our friend, Joseph McSpadden: Muse (as a noun) is a defined as a person who is a source for artistic inspiration. I learned to trust my Muse — the Christ, many years ago. So long ago, in fact, that I can’t remember when it occurred. Music (as an art form) […]

Egg Hunt, Righteousness, Death, and Resurrection

Leave it to Ian MacKaye to give us the unintended implicit gospel via an impromptu post hardcore punk song…incidentally recorded over Easter Weekend in 1986. At the time, he and former Minor Threat bandmate, Jeff Nelson had traveled to the UK to explore the potential for distributing Dischord records’ releases internationally. During the visit, MacKaye […]

Behind the Music: Clergy Edition

The book cover designer, Chip Kidd once told a story, the punchline of which was so good, Mockingbird contributor Adam Morton said it could be turned into a devotional. Chip was standing near the KFC at Union and 14th when a guy walked up to the counter and ordered three buckets of 21-piece original-recipe chicken. […]

Doomsday Revelations on “21st of May”

This reflection comes from Ryan Stevenson-Cosgrove. Like a portent from heaven, a few weeks ago, I received a revelation from the Lord! It came in the form of a divinely generated playlist. A celestial suggestion to listen to a Nickel Creek song. Nickel Creek was a band at the forefront of the Americana revival in […]

April Playlist: Quarantine Edition

Spent a little extra time on this one and dug pretty deep for resonant tunes. I hope it’s a comfort. Very, very sad to hear about Adam Schlesinger’s deathI love pretty much everything he did.

You can listen to most of it (with a couple substitutions) on Spotify here.

Life in the Time of Coronavirus: What to Do in Quarantine

With the fate of our world currently resting in the hands of infectious disease expert Mike Pence (just kidding! It’s still in God’s hands), life seems to be hanging by a thread. Or a square of toilet paper, if you will, which is something I just bought a 24-pack of as it was unloaded off […]

March Playlist

If you had told me a year ago that I’d post a playlist with not one but two songs sung by Sammy Hagar, I wouldn’t have believed you. Especially if you’d said one would be about vespas, the other about Christian aliens, and neither would feature Eddie Van Halen. Thankfully for all of us, the Lord had other plans!

Click here to listen on Spotify.

Waiting for the Hammer to Fall in Lent

If you care about Lent, this is a time of dread. No booze or no dessert or no social media. No fun. My own take is that Lent helps us understand Good Friday, which, to me, makes death exquisitely real. An easier way would have been a heavenly rapture of Our Lord and Savior: Divine […]

One Last Wish, “My Better Half,” and a Better Word through Baptism

I thought life should be a chance to defeat statistics… – One Last Wish, “My Better Half” In the aftermath of the dissolution of Rites of Spring, and prior to Fugazi’s iconic inception, Brendan Canty and Guy Piccioto pulled together a unique one-off indie rock project known as One Last Wish. To say the lyrical […]

Anyone Who’s Played a Part

This one comes to us from Ken Wilson. On the road of despair, and only on the road of despair, does one find hope. At least that’s my experience. My life, what is the point? I still ask myself that every day – or rather, I hear the question and variants thereof echoing in my […]