No Unequally Yoked
Once, as I was struggling in a poor relationship, my mom reminded me of 2 Corinthians 6:14. Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14, ESV The image of “unequally yoked” was somewhat foreign to me, having grown up… Continue reading
Loving By Not Loving: On Intentional interest
The other day, I asked my dad to print my dissertation at his office. That evening, I found it neatly stacked on the counter and took it upstairs to edit without giving it a second thought. “I started reading your dissertation but you must have moved it,” my dad later told me. “It was really… Continue reading
An audio recording of this article is available here: As an accompanist, one of my favorite things to do when a rehearsal needs some comic relief is to begin a cadence but stop before the final chord. Hearing a dominant chord ringing without resolution drives my fellow musicians insane. I revel in this small rebellion.… Continue readingadvice, analogy, blog, blogger, christian, Christian living, christian music, christian musician, Christian poetry, christianity, devotional, inspiration, journal, Music, music blog, music devotional, music life, music poem, musical thinking, poem, poet, poetry, poets, pun, puns, Rilke, word, writing
Rejoicing in Repetition
My current favorite song—“Shape of Love” by Passenger—keeps popping up in my Spotify playlists and I never skip it. Its opening chords make me smile no matter how many times it has played today already. Similarly, as I said in a previous post, I eat the same breakfast every day and have not yet grown… Continue readingadvice, belief, believer, blog, blogger, books, Chesterton, christ, christian blogger, Christian living, christianity, daisies, devotion, devotional, devotional practice, Epistle, epistle of paul, faith, immersion, inspiration, journal, learning, psalm, psalms, reading scripture, repetition, scripture, spiritual, spirituality, study, theology, theology student, Thessalonians, torrey honors institute, truth, word, work
Theme and Variations
Not long ago (though it seems a lifetime), I wrote about modulations. The idea that the dissonance of post-college life would eventually resolve into normalcy was comforting; considering the modulations in music were consoling to me as I felt keenly the sudden transitions I experienced after four years of relatively little change. Several months later,… Continue reading
I fear we are dying of consumption… It’s 2019 and it seems that everyone seems has some sort of food sensitivity. (Someone recently suggested that I cut gluten, which nearly made me cry as I reached for another slice of bread.) Our nutritional awareness is becoming more and more acute and, on the whole, I’d… Continue reading
A modulation is a “change from one key to another in a piece of music.” Seems simple enough. Often they are, and, being a rather lazy songwriter, I’m a huge fan of a common-tone modulation, where a single note is sufficient to transpose one key into another, often in a single beat. Right now, though,… Continue reading
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