“Why Is Grace Now Civil Disobedience?” The Prophetic Politics of Five Iron Frenzy’s Until This Shakes Apart

Until This Shakes Apart collects Five Iron Frenzy’s most dynamic, urgent set of songs to date.

A Tale of Two Gigs (and Two Gospels)

Those who eschew a revisionist view of Scripture around the issue of sex will be viewed as the “do-badders” and no longer the “do-gooders.”

Music & Podcast Favorites of 2020 from CAPC Staff

Our team highlights their favorite music and podcasts from 2020 that managed to break through the dark days and deliver a bit of goodness.

Beethoven Broke My Arm: A Pandemic Tale

Perhaps it was inevitable that, back when I was looking forward to a summer of attending and reviewing performances of all nine symphonies, it was all about to crash and burn.

The Strokes in 2020: Excluding Impatience and Embracing The New Abnormal

Goodness takes time, so why not live with hopeful ambiguity instead of bitter snap judgement?

Mona Haydar Challenges Authoritarianism

As Mona Haydar makes clear, faith which worships human authority and depends on rules for other people is a form of godliness only, not the real thing.

Ray LaMontagne’s Imagination: A Timely Salve in a Troubled Season

Music like Ray LaMontagne’s can play a part in tuning our hearts to this holy grammar all around us.

Control of the Board: How The Queen’s Gambit and Hamilton Tell Our Stories

The female experience in life very frequently feels like that of a queen on a chessboard, especially when we get into traditionally male-dominated spaces.

Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You: A Masterful Exploration of Faith, Death, and Life After Death

Springsteen’s Letter to You could only be written by someone who spent the better part of five decades trotting beside the mysterious practices of the Catholic Church

Let’s Make America Truly Great Again: Revisiting Reconstruction

A brief survey of America’s flawed history reveals that during Reconstruction our government has attempted to position itself for greatness in terms of using its power to serve the lowliest in its caste system, formerly enslaved citizens.

You Will Probably Not Be a Rock God, and Neither Will I: Some Deep Thoughts on Bill and Ted Face the Music

We’re not, it turns out, a civilization of rock gods and their devotees; we’re all connected, and we all depend on each other.

Will Ferrell’s Eurovision Tribute: How to Save the World by Laughing at Yourself

The Story of Fire Saga shows us how to mature past win-lose games into a form of infinite play that values process and relationships over victory.

Soul Music and the Obviousness of God

And that’s real soul music. It assumes God is within the reality of life—all of your life. Dancing and dating are in the same universe as politics and poetry—this is all God’s world, anyways.

Deliver Us: What the Prince of Egypt Has to Say about Suffering

If Exodus voices our collective hunger for deliverance, it also calls us to work for deliverance, toward liberatory action.

Entering into the Stories of Folklore

In writing fiction, Taylor Swift has somehow managed to ponder the deeper truths of love and loss and life.

Hamilton Invites Us to Imagine the Power of Forgiveness

Alexander is redeemed, not because he deserves it, but because Eliza grants redemption to him.