Music at Mars Hill: In Defense of Pop Music

“Since when did lightheartedness, playfulness, and joy become such a sin?”

Music at Mars Hill: Picking Sides in the Putin vs. Pussy Riot Case

“Is this a case of religious persecution or does Pussy Riot have legitimate political motivations?”

Music at Mars Hill: Future of Forestry’s Newest Shoots for the Stars

“FOF feels totally comfortable making music that sounds like it’s taking on the whole world one anthem after another.”

Music at Mars Hill: Is Worship Just about Style Preferences?

“The way a church chooses to spend its time of worship will often answer questions before people even hear even one word of a sermon or doctrinal confession.”

Music at Mars Hill: Why Frank Ocean’s Rise to Fame Matters

“We shouldn’t forget that ‘coming out’ is also a people issue—a matter of cultural identity.”

Music at Mars Hill: Is Cornerstone’s Last Year the End of an Era?

“We have been called into a new mission field as artists, critics, and music-lovers: the scary world of discernment and cultural engagement.”

Music at Mars Hill: Songs from the Whirlwind

“Rhythm and Repose is a good go-to album for wretched times since it admits things are turbulent but insists on preserving hope and love.”

Music at Mars Hill: The Welcome Wagon’s Precious Remedies of Healing and Reconciliation

“They aren’t afraid of making music that exists entirely outside the context of Sunday mornings—even music that has appealed to non-Christian music fans.”

Music at Mars Hill: The Mars Hill Record Label and the Great Revolving Door

Let’s not be too quick to toss out Mars Hill Music because of a certain Mars Hill pastor.

Music at Mars Hill: Is Justin Bieber ‘Safe’ for Children?

“Perhaps the reason why these people can’t agree on music that is appropriate for the occasion is because the graduation ceremonies themselves are ‘age-inappropriate’ for the kids.”

Music at Mars Hill: John Mayer and the Weight of Celebrity

“There’s a calmer and more controlled feel to Born and Raised.”

Music at Mars Hill: mewithoutYou and Why We Should Tell More Stories

“Maybe we need to start telling more stories.”

Music at Mars Hill: Beach House and the Myth of Memory

“Bloom encourages us to dig deeper into our memories and even find a sunny place to rest our heads.”

Music at Mars Hill: Father John Misty and the Myths He’s Written

“Sometimes I wonder if we don’t hear enough about the struggles of seeing those beliefs and lofty dreams lived out in daily life.”

Music at Mars Hill: The Followers, Josh White, and Musical Division in the Church

“Ultimately it’s unclear what purpose Wounded Healer was made for. It’s tongue-in-cheek tone seems too silly for congregational worship, while the lyrics seem far too much like Christian worship cliches to be enjoyed by those outside the Church.”

Music at Mars Hill: A Day in the Life of Big K.R.I.T.

“In a single day we are presented with the all the big choices that reveal our inner character: between faithfulness and lust, truth and lies, heaven and hell, life and death.”