April 19, 2005


ESV Blog

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April 16, 2005

Ballad In Plain Red

By Derek Webb

i’m robbing peter, i’m paying paul
i’m changing my name back to saul
i got to them and you know i’ll get to you

i’m turning shepherds into sheep
and leaders into celebrities
it’s holy sabotage, just look around you

‘cause everything’s for sale in the 21st century
and the check is in the mail from the 21st century

don’t want the song i want a jingle
i love you Lord but don’t hear a single
and the truth is nearly impossible to rhyme

but i know the songs with all the hooks
and i know some lies that will sell some books
so grab ‘em fast, i’m running outta time

just keep selling truth in candy bars
on billboards and backs of cars
truth without context, my favorite of all my crimes

what works verses what's right
hey what's the difference tonight?

take out the sign, forget the meal
we’ve got a gym and a farris wheel
i swear it's just like the country club down the block

‘cause you can make your life look good
you can do what Jesus would
but you’d be surprised what you can do with a hard heart

i think you’ve got trouble in the 21st century
so welcome to the struggle, it’s the 21st century
i never thought i’d make it to the 21st century
Lord, i love the 21st century

i write these words from the grave
‘cause it’s the only place that i’m safe
and only the dead are permitted to speak the truth

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Hello Tomorrow

I had a dream.

Impossible Is Nothing

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A Sign of Life in the Music Industry

A Sign of Life in the Music Industry

Paste Magazine

A fascinating resource for keeping a beat on what's going on in the music industry. For serious culture-watchers, and those just interested in running across a new artist. I can't wholly endorse everything in the magazine, but for the most part it's quite worth the read each issue. The first link will give you a little known insight into the roots of this magazine. The second is the magazine's web home. Each issue comes with a 20-track CD of random songs by different artists.

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Preaching Morality in an Amoral Age

Great article by Tim Keller

Preaching morality cannot be the first item on the agenda for any Christian preacher, but it cannot be shirked, either. We have to make the necessary assaults on the underlying anti-absolute presuppositions of our postmodern audience. Men and women need to be convinced that there is a God who has spoken in nonnegotiable absolutes; this God is also our Redeemer. He has paid the price of our failure. Only in this context does the preaching of morality make sense. Today, only in this context can it be heard at all. -Tim Keller

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The Far Country

Still working on Andrew Peterson's album cover. You can see a cropped image of the art on the first page of the flash site at Portland Studios' site.

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April 06, 2005

Red Flag

Red Flag

I know I needed this journal entry this morning. Worth the read. Please support independent artists like Andrew Peterson.

"Success is a hollow word in the Kingdom of God. Do His will, follow with the leper’s joy, and laugh in the face of the enemy’s hordes."

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