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A snake in the manger

By Steve Beard There is a grand Christmas tradition at our house on the evening of December 25: separating the crumpled wrapping paper from the bows that can be reused next year. For many families, Christmas Day signals the winding … Continue reading

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Generous Love: The Salvation Army

By Steve Beard – For more than 150 years, The Salvation Army has been the most consistent, creative, and trustworthy symbol for a warm hearted faith and a generous helping hand for those in need. With a legacy of rushing … Continue reading

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Gratitude and the Rock of Ages

I can still faintly visualize it. Many years ago, I was watching the first game of the NBA Championship series when it was announced that the rock band U2 would be performing for the half-time show. U2’s concert was in … Continue reading

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I Spent Years Searching for Magic – I Found God Instead

A few beautiful selections from Tara Isabella Burton’s fabulous piece in Catapult: “The faith I found proclaimed a sanctified world, and a redeemed one—an enchanted world, if you want to call it that—but one where meanings were concrete. It offered … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Wanda Jackson!

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God, Drugs, and Rock n Roll: Greg Laurie interviews Alice Cooper

Some Alice Cooper fans might be surprised by this interview with Pastor Greg Laurie from Riverside, California. After all, Alice Cooper is considered to be the original full-scale “Shock Rocker” and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Despite … Continue reading

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Back Row America

Chris Arnade earned a PhD in theoretical physics and spent 20 years on Wall Street making piles of money as a bond trader. In a season of disillusionment with his lucrative career, he began walking around New York City to … Continue reading

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Has Kanye Lost His Jesus Complex and Found Christ?

If you find it challenging to sort out the spiritual impulses of Kanye West, a recent story by Kate Shellnutt for Christianity Today may be of interest. Perhaps you have heard about West taking his “Sunday Service,” a religious weekly hangout … Continue reading

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‘More Fun in the New World’ follows L.A. punks into the ’80s

I devoured Under the Big Black Sun (2016) because X was one of my all-time fave bands as I grew up in Southern California. Compiled by John Doe of X and Tom DeSavia, a writer and record industry veteran, the … Continue reading

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Ken Burn’s Country Epic

“They connected every dot,” said musician Rosanne Cash, “from Appalachia to Bob Wills to Bakersfield to my dad. It was artfully done, and so moving.” Cash was referring to Ken Burns’ new 16-hour, 8-part documentary on country music that will … Continue reading

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