Slightly Obsessed #122 "Firebrand: Faith Aflame"
Until this summer, I never knew the source of the term “firebrand.” I knew it meant someone who was passionate or radical about a cause. I guessed it meant to be “on fire.” I had never heard the other definition of this word.
Slightly Obsessed #121 "Where Is the Devil Headed?"
Where is the devil headed? The answer that springs to mind is: Hell. Actually, Satan has never inhabited hell. Hades (in the Greek) and Sheol (in the Hebrew) are other words for hell, the place for the departed souls of those who have died in their sins.
Slightly Obsessed #120 "Where Is the Devil Now?"
According to Scriptures, the devil inhabits three places: heaven, space, and Earth’s surface. In Job, we are given a very special glimpse into the throne room of God. Here we see both Satan presenting himself before God, and his own report that he roams the earth.
Slightly Obsessed #119 "Who Is the Devil? Part 3"
It’s snake season where I live. The long, dry summer we’ve had has driven all kinds of creatures down to our river valley in Idaho. The hills around us are scorched under the unusually abundant triple-digit days.
Slightly Obsessed #118 "Who Is the Devil? Part 2"
Popular culture paints the devil as a slick-talking rascal in a red suit, sporting horns and a pointy tail. He supposedly lives in hell and relishes each new addition to his cauldron of boiling souls. The monster behind the caricature is a much more frightening and complicated creature.
State of Play #014 "The Battle of the Music"
Recently, a topic that was brought up by a former college professor surfaced in a conversation I was having with someone who has many years on me. The topic was of how modern worship songs tend to gravitate more towards focus of self rather than attention..
Slightly Obsessed #117 "Who Is the Devil? Part 1"
There are only two kinds of snakes in our yard: one rock and two rock. The big ones take two rocks. That’s been my credo for years. I always figured that snakes have the whole river valley where I live to hang out.
Slightly Obsessed #116 "What Do You Battle?"
One flag comes down. Another goes up. And everyone has an opinion. Battle lines are being drawn everywhere as the States formerly known as United become a nation polarized by competing ideologies.
State of Play #013 "Summer Top 10"
The other week, I listed my top 5 CCM album recommendations for your 2015 summer. With summer now more alive than ever, I wanted to give some more variety. While not a comprehensive list, this week I’ll be giving you my top 10 recommends from the..
Slightly Obsessed #115 "After the Flood, Before the Fire"
As we lurch toward destruction, we slap away the hand reaching down to rescue us. We can do this by ourselves. We don’t need a daddy or an advocate. It’s all under control.
Slightly Obsessed #114 "The Color of Forgiveness"
His first target was the College of Charleston. But the security was too tight, so he chose a place that would be easy because everyone was welcome there. He walked into a church.
State of Play #012 "Summer of CCM: Top 5 Albums For Your Playlist"
The weather is warming up, and on technical terms, we’re about 15 days away from it being officially summer. With everything that will be happening this summer, from vacations, to chill time with the family, Independence Day celebrations..
Slightly Obsessed #113 "Are You Feeling Weak?"
Is life pressing in on you lately? Have you been feeling weak in your faith? Are you tired of the daily onslaughts on your family, your faith, and your work? How do believers find strength for a new day filled with old problems?
State of Play #011 "American Idol: Their CCM Legacy"
In the recent announcement of American Idol stating that their last season will be next year, the wheels started turning through the artists that AI brought to the music scene. There were some winners who went on to be successful, while others seem to have..
Slightly Obsessed #112 "Silence of the Lamb"
Heaven is a busy place. At least, that’s what the Bible says. According to the Scriptures, it’s the true center of the universe, where angels regularly present themselves to God. Since there are ten thousand times ten thousands of angels, it must be quite a process to acknowledge them all.
Slightly Obsessed #111 "The Holy Spirit: His Seal on Our Hearts"
In his book The Holy Spirit, Billy Graham tells the story of an English missionary who died in India during the early 1900’s. Immediately his former neighbors broke into his home and pillaged it, stealing the man’s possessions.
State of Play #010 "In the Unmaking"
This past Monday I saw an artist whose lyrical stories have touched many lives, while more recently seeing Prince do a cover of her song, make a return to music after remaining somewhat dormant for almost seven years. On April 23rd, Nichole Nordeman..
Slightly Obsessed #110 "Do You Know Who You Are?"
My angelic-looking little towhead had been pushing my hot button all day. He kept up the mischief until my patience finally cracked under his antics, and I ordered him into the kitchen for a “talk.”
Slightly Obsessed #109 "Like a River"
I sit this morning in the quiet of a new day and wonder: How do I keep this command? I know God dwells in me through His Holy Spirit. But how do I keep that constant flow of His power filling every corner of my life?
State of Play #009 "Unappealing and Nothing New" (Part 6)
In finishing my ongoing thoughts for this series, one thing that I consistently hear people say that they would like to hear in Christian music specifically would be honesty. I hear so much honesty in the mainstream about how “great” it’s been breaking up with someone..
Slightly Obsessed #108 "Living in Laodicea"
It was just a small church in a little town. I was the facilitator for a tiny group that comprised the ladies’ Bible study. One day I arrived breathless and late to open up the church.
State of Play #008 "Unappealing and Nothing New" (Part 5)
After all that’s been said in the past few weeks, I think it’s time to name off a few people who are doing well what many aren’t doing in the Christian music industry, as well as, why they seem to be doing well. While not in any particular order, here we go..
Slightly Obsessed #107 "The Mark of a Believer"
He sat perched on the examination table with his gangly legs hanging over the side. The crisp white paper crackled under him as he shifted his weight. He just wanted out of there.
Slightly Obsessed #106 "Easter: A Time for Hope"
Today it rained. The lovely sun-filled days of the past week gave way into a quick spring squall. As the clouds rolled in and rain fell in sheets upon our roof, I picked up the newspaper and a cup of coffee.
State of Play #007 "Unappealing and Nothing New" (Part 4)
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?” These questions have echoed before the time they were even penned. Now, this same call is still waiting to..
Slightly Obsessed #105 "Stardust"
In that quiet hour before I awaken enough to mentally strap on the burdens of the day, I take in the wonder of the peace that envelops me. I revel in the warm colors of the log beams and cedar planking above my head.
Slightly Obsessed #104 "Falling Snow Geese and Why It Doesn’t Pay to Worry"
It’s easy to weave worry into the fabric of our thought life. It becomes such a conditioned response to trial—or the possibility of a trial—that even our prayers become more like worrying directed heavenward than actual communication with God.
State of Play #006 "Unappealing and Nothing New" (Part 3)
This week we move forward to the questions, "Why...does the one [mainstream music] sound more appealing in presentation?" and "What is it that draws my ear, as well as many others, to the mainstream musical sound..
Slightly Obsessed #103 "The Tree of Life"
It was cold outside. We dashed from the car to the local home and garden store for some heat. We separated at the door; my husband headed toward the hardware aisle as I made a beeline for the indoor plants. Every year about this time, I wander through the lush tropical plants fresh from the hothouse and long for my personal Eden.
State of Play #005 "Unappealing and Nothing New" (Part 2)
Last week the basic question was asked, “Why does there appear to be a creativity gap between Christian and mainstream music?” There were several questions that I listed that have not only been asked by myself, but they are also questions that have come from others directed..