Recover Your Optimism with The Love Good Podcast: Intentional Earbuds #3

Plenty is happening in the culture that can bring a person down, but many of us aren't content to stay there. We're weary of marketplace mantras and the pushy public square. Actively seeking sources of goodness, truth and beauty,  we're out to restore our resilient spirits and fill our hearts with hope.  Are you with … Continue reading Recover Your Optimism with The Love Good Podcast: Intentional Earbuds #3

Neither Share a Reckless Rant nor Post a Mocking Meme: Give Me a Clean Heart

Woke up this morning The whole world was yelling I wish I was dreaming Of all that we've been through. These are the opening lines of "Clean Heart," the first song on the album I can't stop listening to:  Matt Maher's new release, Echoes. If there's anything good coming out of our current climate of division … Continue reading Neither Share a Reckless Rant nor Post a Mocking Meme: Give Me a Clean Heart

Rich Mullins’ Musical Legacy May Include Drawing Catholics and Protestants a Little Closer

"There's more that rises on the prairie than the wind." These words still rise in my heart when the majesty of the natural world lifts it. They're from "If I Stand," a 1988 release by Rich Mullins and Steve Cudworth. Jars of Clay covered "If I Stand" a decade later on a tribute album released a … Continue reading Rich Mullins’ Musical Legacy May Include Drawing Catholics and Protestants a Little Closer

Grant Me the Grace to Hurt Like Rich Mullins

I once heard a song on the radio that moved me so much I called the station to find out who the artist was.  The song, it turned out,  was "Boy Like Me/Man Like You."  The heartbreakingly vulnerable voice that had moved me belonged to Rich Mullins. "Boy Like Me/Man Like You" is the second … Continue reading Grant Me the Grace to Hurt Like Rich Mullins

“Brother”: A Song for Holy Thursday’s New Commandment

This evening marks a beautiful night:  the night Christ gave us a new commandment: that we love one another. The night he stripped off his outer garment, knelt and washed his friends' feet, telling them they must do likewise, serving one another.  The night he took bread and wine and said, "This is my body, … Continue reading “Brother”: A Song for Holy Thursday’s New Commandment

Matt Redman: Let My Words Be Few

When Jesus Christ was transfigured before Peter, James and John, they saw the glorious divinity of the God-Man. Peter (so lovably like us!) stammered a suggestion:  "Lord, it's good that we are here.  Let's build three tabernacles!  One for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!" Then a "bright cloud" overcame them and they … Continue reading Matt Redman: Let My Words Be Few

Rich Mullins: We Are Not as Strong as We Think We Are

"It only took one little lie to separate you and me. Oh, we are not as strong as we think we are..." One little lie.  One futile attempt to solve a problem with a sin, to create a false reality with deceitful words. Rich Mullins reminds us of love's fragility. "When you love, you walk … Continue reading Rich Mullins: We Are Not as Strong as We Think We Are

The Creche, the Font and a Happy New Year

The sparkling Christmas season ends and we gently pack away the creche. ritual becomes more tender every year.  It is a moment to contemplate each witness to the Nativity, to ponder the soul of each shepherd, each of the Magi, of the silent Saint Joseph and Holy Mary. Then, the Babe.  Who are you?  How … Continue reading The Creche, the Font and a Happy New Year

Listening to Handel While the Nations Rage

The song in my head isn't on Spotify's top playlists, but a simple search provides dozens of versions. Enduringly relevant, the original text (Psalm 2) was written in Hebrew a thousand years before Christ. Its English translation came some 1600 years after him. George Frederick Handel composed the melody, an aria for bass, in 1747. … Continue reading Listening to Handel While the Nations Rage