Modern Worship Is Going Nowhere

Modern worship is ten years old. Well, unofficially so. Depends on how you look at it. After all, worship labels like Integrity, Maranatha, and Vineyard have been crafting music for the church for much longer. ...

Idol Worship?

Whether we like to admit it or not, Christian music is influenced by popular culture, to the point where it's often imitative rather than innovative. Perhaps the most clear-cut example of this is the new "Chris...

Defining? Or Discerning?

In our recent interview with Sinead O'Connor, she shared her spiritual beliefs—some of them in line with traditional Christianity (the Trinity, the nature of prayer) and some far out of step with it (...

Those Bleeping Lyrics

We began addressing the topic of profanity in Christian music in a newsletter a couple of weeks ago, and then readers chimed in with their reactions. Here's a more in-depth commentary on the subject. It was the...

Christmas Music Wrap-Up 2006

It's remarkable how holiday traditions and creative artistry over the years have yielded so many different musical expressions for the Christmas season, and 2006 is no exception. There's acoustic pop from Third...

On the Horizon

We're already a third of the way through 2005, and we've heard a number of great albums. But what else can we expect in Christian music for the remainder of the year? What are the biggest releases on the horizo...

Christmas Music Wrap-Up 2005

This is a strong year for Christmas releases from Christian artists, and not just because there are more holiday albums than usual. Here, we present 13 of them, and most all rate good to excellent, with a few o...