Five Surprising Facts about Christianity in the Dark Ages, by Kim Rendfeld

Lorsch Gospel, produced during the Carolingian era

Religion plays a central role in the lives of my early medieval characters, but portraying Christianity in the days of Charlemagne takes more than having prayers in Latin. Here are a five aspects of Christianity in this period that might surprise you.

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Pentatonix – Mary Did You Know?

In our church, it’s the local obstetrician who can be counted on to bless the congregation by singing a spirited version of this song during the Advent season. (My lovely wife and I call him “Dr. MaryDidYouKnow?” and have often marveled at his spectacular sports car in the church parking lot.) I’ve always assumed . . . → Read More: Pentatonix – Mary Did You Know?

Random thoughts at the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from a husband of someone with Stage IV breast cancer, by Steve Stav

Random thoughts at the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from a husband of someone with Stage IV breast cancer: 1. There are no losers in the “battle;” some just run out of time. 2. There are an awful lot of people with breast cancer out there, women (and men), who have go through . . . → Read More: Random thoughts at the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from a husband of someone with Stage IV breast cancer, by Steve Stav

From Church Pew to Daley Plaza, the Tragic Descent of Chicago’s Troubled “Sign Guy” by Mark Erickson

This is a sad story about life and mental illness in the great city of Chicago.

Approximately 15 years ago, Pastor Arthur A. R. Nelson invited an Iranian immigrant, Farhad Khoiee-Abbasi, to worship at North Park Covenant Church, located in Chicago, Illinois. Farhad, an engineer by training, became a Christian and an active church . . . → Read More: From Church Pew to Daley Plaza, the Tragic Descent of Chicago’s Troubled “Sign Guy” by Mark Erickson

Children of the Day – For Those Tears I Died

I heard a stirring version of “For Those Tears I Died” at Sunnyside SDA church today and decided to follow up on it. This morning’s female vocalist, accompanied by a pianist, sang so beautifully I could have been in tears. The tune was enormously popular in Christian circles in the 1970s, so much so . . . → Read More: Children of the Day – For Those Tears I Died

Rev. C.L. Franklin – Wings of Faith (1950)

This is beautiful. Rev. C. L. Franklin is the father of Aretha. His spoken word recordings of sermons were first released to great acclaim in the 1950s by famed Chicago blues recording company, Chess Records. In this clip the Reverend is singing, and quite well, thank you.

Anchors of Truth – Unclean Spirits – Pastor John Lomacang

This is quoted directly from the video description, “A coalition of satanic players have mounted a cunning, occult attack on Christianity, and every moral system, through the entertainment industry. Music and entertainment play a major role in Satan’s plan to destroy Christians, yet many are oblivious to the clever and effective ways by which . . . → Read More: Anchors of Truth – Unclean Spirits – Pastor John Lomacang

Davey and Goliath – All Alone

This was really before my time, but I vaguely remember seeing it on TV at some point. You’ve got to hear the trumpeters play “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Also, Goliath’s voice and sardonic dog comments are fantastic.

Davey and Goliath Wikipedia Page

Rooftops – Aldrich and James

These two are cousins from General Santos City in the Philippines. Their names are Aldrich Lloyd Talonding and James Walter Bucong. One of their early Youtube videos went viral and they were invited to come to the US to perform on The Ellen Degeneres Show, where they were given gifts of money and instruments. . . . → Read More: Rooftops – Aldrich and James

Two and a Half Men Star Angus T. Jones Tells How He Became a Christian

This Yahoo TV article features other recent footage in which Angus T. Jones advises viewers to stop watching “Two and a Half Men,” a show which he describes as “filth.”

Please Pray Before You Vote, By Mark Erickson

My church arranged speakers over the four Sundays preceding the national election to facilitate discussion concerning “Christian Faith and this Year’s Election Issues.” Last Sunday, retired North Park University Professor of New Testament, Dr. Cal Katter, focused on the dire economic issue of America’s widening gap between the rich and everyone else. Dr. Katter . . . → Read More: Please Pray Before You Vote, By Mark Erickson

Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy – Wrote a Song For Everyone, By Ron Swanson

How is it that Mavis Staples put a record out and I can’t find it on EPB?

Mavis Staples, of the first family of American singers (the Cash-Carter clan is a close second, but cannot sing as well) released an excellent album of mostly Gospel tunes in 2010 called, “You Are not Alone.” . . . → Read More: Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy – Wrote a Song For Everyone, By Ron Swanson

Turlock Hymnathon to Feed Starving Children

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Barbour’s Plantation Singers – DOAN LET SATAN GIT YOU (1927), By Peter Stampfel

Amazing. Uncanny. Unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Ya gotta listen.

– Peter Stampfel

The Oak Ridge Boys – Jesus is Coming Soon

Ron Halverson – From Gangs to God

One of my favorite testimonies, always well delivered. Listen:

When the Power of Love Overcomes the Love of Power, the World Will Know Peace

Pat Robertson’s Advice: Don’t Adopt Children, By Peter Olson

OK, so I don’t usually rant, but this one absolutely kills me. I would simply write this guy off as a harmless old crackpot if there weren’t so many people buying into the utterly reprehensible tripe that he dresses up as wholesome Christian advice. Here he dares to speak of children as though they . . . → Read More: Pat Robertson’s Advice: Don’t Adopt Children, By Peter Olson

I Beg of You – Live a Life Worthy of Your Calling, By Paul Johnson

It was my birthday on August 16th, the same day that Elvis died by chance, and also the day of a friend’s memorial service. Unable to take the day off from work, I did somehow manage to attend the funeral and as I sat down for the service, all I could think was that . . . → Read More: I Beg of You – Live a Life Worthy of Your Calling, By Paul Johnson

War In Heaven, War On Earth – Trailer

Maybe there really is a culture war going on. Family Guy made a Seventh Day Adventism joke tonight. It wasn’t offensive. Not really funny, either. But jokes about Seventh Day Adventists are pretty rare. I can’t remember any others, really. The Road to Wellville, maybe? The rest of the show was dedicated to belittling . . . → Read More: War In Heaven, War On Earth – Trailer