arts & creativity, community, emerging adulthood

Emerging Adulthood According to Paramore: A Reflection on Community

Ain't it fun living in the real world?When I first heard Paramore's recent hit "Ain't It Fun" come on the car radio, I turned up the volume, rolled down the window, and decided within 3 minutes that this was an apt anthem for emerging adulthood (the age range technically from about 18-25 that I write… Continue reading Emerging Adulthood According to Paramore: A Reflection on Community

arts & creativity, church, spiritual

“Trade These Ashes In For Beauty”

I happened to hear the song "At the Foot of the Cross" among a mix of other songs today. Even though I've heard this song countless times at church and campus ministry gatherings, one line struck me this time -- probably because today is Ash Wednesday. "Now I can trade these ashes in for beauty"… Continue reading “Trade These Ashes In For Beauty”

arts & creativity, Scripture, spiritual, work & vocation

"Perish Every Fond Ambition"

This morning, a nice, folksy version of this hymn called "Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken" came on my Pandora, caught my attention, and got stuck in my head. So, I'm writing about it. Verse 1: "Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow thee. Destitute, despised, forsaken, thou from hence my… Continue reading "Perish Every Fond Ambition"

arts & creativity, spiritual, theological

The Gospel According to Kelly Clarkson

As of Summer 2012, it seems I love Kelly Clarkson's music. Sure, I enjoyed "Breakaway" back when it was a 2004 hit, but that's because I was 13 years old and it was featured in Princess Diaries 2. Now that "Stronger" and "Dark Side" are all over the airwaves, however, Clarkson is contributing to the soundtrack of my summer. It's been… Continue reading The Gospel According to Kelly Clarkson