Jesus’ brother lays a smackdown on Paul – TIL #7: “Fly from Heaven”

The latest episode of Mark Goodacre‘s always excellent NT Pod regarding Jesus’ brothers gave me the perfect opportunity to present this long-time candidate for Theologically Interesting Lyric. I have problems with some of the historical-critical assumptions and theological claims of the lyrics, but concerning the lyrics as art, it’s great stuff. I’ll interact with the […]

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Faith out in the outland – TIL #5: “Hammers and Nails”

I know, this artist has already appeared in my young Theologically Interesting Lyrics series. But I heard this song again today and because I related to it more strongly than ever, I feel compelled to share it. Mark Heard was no sappy idealist. He was “a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.” Most of his […]

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

On judging Scripture (and finding it wanting) — TIL #4: “Pray for You”

At the suggestion of a certain rather busy diplomat, I decided to treat this trending ditty as a Theologically Interesting Lyric. It is indeed theologically interesting, because it dovetails into my recent discussions about contrasts in the OT writers’ conceptions of God and those of some of the NT writers. First the song: “Pray for […]

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

TIL #3: The Orphans of God

This installment of “Theologically Interesting Lyrics” features a song by the late Mark Heard, master lyricist, connoisseur of several stringed instruments, and pariah to the CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) industry of his time. Although widely acclaimed for his songwriting acumen, he was always an industry outsider: not only did he stand out as a “profane […]

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Theologically interesting lyric #2: All This Time

I embedded a video at the bottom so that you can hear this TIL while you read it. All This Time written and recorded by Sting on The Soul Cages I looked out across the river today I saw a city in the fog and an old church tower where the seagulls play I saw the […]

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Theologically interesting lyric (TIL) #1: Electric Train

Ok, this is the beginning of a series I’ve been meaning to start up for quite some time. My mission: I’m going to post a lyric that attempts to make theological/philosophical observations I find interesting. I may or may not choose to highlight my own specific thoughts on the subject (but you’ll probably be able to get some […]

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010