Can Classical Music Bring You Closer to God? — Though I think this is a good example of an editor writing a headline that has very little to do with the content of the article (which doesn’t even attempt to answer the question), but it does have some interesting ideas about the staging of sacred music in concert venues. I also appreciate the importance placed on familiarizing instrumentalists with the lyrics of the piece they are performing. As a church instrumentalist, this is something that I feel is vital to my participation in the worship of the church.
The Flight From Conversation — An M.I.T. psychology professor looks at how social media has impacted the art of conversation:
We are tempted to think that our little “sips” of online connection add up to a big gulp of real conversation. But they don’t. E-mail, Twitter, Facebook, all of these have their places — in politics, commerce, romance and friendship. But no matter how valuable, they do not substitute for conversation.
How the Gospel Overcomes Gluttony — This is one of the most helpful articles I’ve seen addressing a sin that we tend to ignore. It helps when you can quote Charles Spurgeon, Thomas Chalmers, and Richard Baxter in the same post!
Mike Fisher: Faith Beyond Hockey — The National Hockey League playoffs are in full swing, and the Predators are in the thick of it. This brings added exposure to players and stories that might not normally be covered, including this report on the Christian faith of Mike Fisher from TSN (Canada’s equivalent to ESPN). Unlike the other major North American sports leagues, there have not traditionally been many outspoken Christians in the NHL, but this is a trend that may be changing thanks to those who paved the way decades ago. Also appearing in this clip are former Predators Stu Grimson (now a radio commentator for the Preds) and Blake Geoffrion (the first Tennessee-born player to be drafted in the NHL). Mike Fisher is also the subject of a book called Defender of Faith (my review).
Here’s a Nashville-area guitarist reviewing a new handmade instrument from Duncan Africa, which is a pretty cool example of someone investing in the long-term improvement of conditions in a third-world country by teaching a skill and equipping a community for sustained wealth creation rather than dependence. You can read more about Duncan Africa from their website.
Here’s a news story about Jay Duncan from a couple years back: