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Hopelessly Devoted: Isaiah Chapter Thirty Five Verses One through Four

Through the wilderness and into Christmas, this morning’s devotion comes from Nate M. The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and […]

Glen Campbell Is Still On the Line

I strongly suspect that Rick Rubin will not be remembered primarily for starting Def Jam records – you know, where he not only launched the careers of countless hip-hop stars, but played a key role in shepherding rap music into the American mainstream. He’ll go down instead as the man who taught rock stars how […]

Good Good Friday Songs: Johnny Cash’s “Redemption”

Billy Joe Shaver vs. Satan

More evidence that Billy Joe rocks harder than any man his age has a right to… What a stud, definitely the heir apparent to Johnny Cash’s voice-of-God throne. He claims that Bad Blake wasn’t based on him, but I beg to differ. Here’s a barnburner from his most recent record:

Simul Justus et Peccator from Johnny Cash

Don’t think I could add any commentary to what the man in black has to say here….
Sinner + Saint a la simul justus et peccator……
“The Beast in Me” (Sinner)

“Redemption” (Saint)

The Passion According to Gerhard Forde and Johnny Cash

From Forde’s Caught In The Act, a slightly unconventional take: Why does God abandon Jesus to be murdered by us? The answer, it would seem, must lie in that very unconditional love and mercy he intends to carry out in act. God, I would think we can assume, knows full well that he is a […]

Johnny Cash’s Final Videos

We all know the AMAZING video for ‘Hurt’. But did you catch the two posthumous videos from American V? I somehow missed them until researching a recent Elvis post (which featured both of these songs in startlingly different versions–though as you’ll see, Johnny’s video does have a Presley in it). Absolutely stunning in both cases, and of the deepest possible relevance to what we’re trying to do here:

Bonus Track:

"I Know Practically Every Religious Song That’s Ever Been Written" Or, Elvis Sings Gospel

Can’t let the Elvis flame go out quite yet… Here’s an annotated playlist of 20 of the King’s best gospel recordings, interpreting the term ‘gospel’ pretty loosely – anything related to the Bible, God or Christianity qualified. By way of a disclaimer, almost none of EP’s earliest gospel recordings are included. They may be beautiful […]

Ain’t No Grave: Johnny Cash’s Final Testament

Yesterday marked the release of the last volume of Johnny Cash’s American Recordings series, VI. While the fourth volume is not likely to be surpassed, it would appear that volume six carries even more heft than usual – as if that were possible. The A/V Club puts it this way: It’s no surprise that Ain’t […]

Ill With Want – The Avett Brothers

I’ve finally gotten around to the amazing no-longer-so-new Avett Brothers record, I And Love And You (great title!). Highly recommended. One song in particular, “Ill With Want”, has to be the Romans 7 anthem of 2009: the bondage of the will put in remarkably beautiful, affecting and ultimately true terms, it definitely captures some of […]

November Playlist

Pretty heavy on the classic rock this time. Happy belated Thanksgiving: 1. Heroes And Villains – The Beach Boys 2. Just Another Whistle Stop – The Band 3. Caribbean Wind – Bob Dylan 4. The Cross – Prince 5. Space Age Mom – Damien Jurado 6. Apple Of My Eye – Badfinger 7. Everytime I […]

Johnny Cash, "Hurt", and Eberhard Jungel

I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about ontology and ethics as a topic for the thesis requirement of my master’s degree. An essay by Eberhard Jungel, “Humanity in Correspondence to God”, and Johnny Cash’s rendition of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” have been more than inspiring. Here, I’ve combined quotes from Jungel’s essay with […]