Music & day to day christianity

Hell is believing in hell

April 15, 2009 | Craig SchwarzeWhen I was 9, my older sister told me that Hell was a place where you walked around in darkness, completely alone forever. The idea terrified me then and still terrifies me now.

Fearless - Taylor Swift

April 7, 2009 | Craig SchwarzeEvery few years the music industry throws up a Taylor Swift, a pretty girl with a sweet voice singing perfect bubblegum ballads about teen love. Is it possible to offer our young girls something better to aspire to?

Blackbird - Katie Noonan

March 31, 2009 | Craig SchwarzeIt takes a brave soul to record a Lennon/McCartney song. Singer Katie Noonan has gone beyond brave by releasing a whole album of them.

Six easy books

March 24, 2009 | Craig SchwarzeSomething a bit different this week. At the risk of a demarcation dispute with Kara, I'm going to talk about books - six easy books that I reckon every Christian should read.

Folie a Deux - Fall Out Boy

March 17, 2009 | Craig SchwarzeFall Out Boy's new album diagnoses the dark depression that troubles many men today - does God have the cure?

Single Christian female, 30+

March 10, 2009 | Craig SchwarzeA few weeks ago I wrote a short blog asking how we can better support single women in church, especially those over the age of 30. I was deluged with responses, and it became clear to me that we are not doing a good job in this area.

808s and Heartbreak - Kanye West

March 3, 2009 | Craig SchwarzeA few years ago the faithful were excited to discover that hot new rap artist, Kanye West, was a Christian. Excitement gave way to disappointment. But wealth and celebrity clearly can't protect Kanye from suffering.

What to do with the broken-hearted?

February 24, 2009 | Craig SchwarzeWe never cope with loss as well as we think we will. It is easy to imagine loss, but impossible to imagine what loss will feel like.

Britney + Girls + Sex

February 17, 2009 | Craig SchwarzeBritney Spears burst onto the global music scene in 1998, a sexy teenager proudly wearing her faith and her virginity on her sleeve. The virginity was a predictable early casualty, and the faith is MIA at the time of writing. It's fair to say that mega-stardom has not been kind to Britney.

On the Highway to Hell?

February 11, 2009 | Craig SchwarzeChristians have always had a troubled relationship with AC/DC, kind of like gazelles have always had a troubled relationship with lions. So what should a Christian make of AC/DC?

How does less time become more words?

February 3, 2009 | Craig SchwarzeThere is never enough time, we are all "time poor". So why on earth would I agree to write a weekly column for this website? After all, writing is so, so time-consuming.