Is God Against Our Reasoning for Him?

Scripture tells us that since Adam our human inclination has been to deny God as King and Judge of our lives and instead enthrone ourselves and other things that by nature are not gods.  Putting our hope in Christ, then, entails submitting ourselves to Him as the unchallenged, absolute King. But what implications does this […]

The Poetry of Judgment

I’m a busy person. And while of course I like to think I recognize the importance of being nourished by God’s word, my busy schedule tempts me to feel I should make even my quiet times “efficient” (read: not very quiet in spirit). I was recently going through the book of Jeremiah, and toward the […]

The Hopeful Romantic: In Defense of (a kind of) Romanticism

I recently enjoyed reading Karen Swallow Prior’s article, “The Not-Hopeless, Anti-Romantic,” at Christianity Today. It is a wise admonition against the dangers allowing “unrealistic expectations about any aspect of our lives—our relationships, our work, the church, even our very selves” to “rob us of the infinite and varied joys to be found in the everyday […]

Unmasking Caesar: Art as Herald of the True King

Scripture tells us that God is One, and that God is King: God is the One True King.  He has made his creation such that it should resound with his majesty and declare his glory.  More still, humanity, being made “in the image of God,” is created to visibly represent the invisible God to a […]

Single Discernment & The Issue of Attraction

In a previous post on singleness, we discussed tensions around the “gift” of singleness, observing how even involuntary singleness can be a gift from God.  But what about singles who are in a position to discern whether God might be leading them toward a prospective spouse?  Here, too, there is ample room for confusion.  One […]

Brandenburg Concerto #1 and the Broken Beauty of the Cross

J. S. Bach’s set of six concertos for the Margrave of Brandenburg (simply known as the “Brandenburg” concertos) are among the high points of Western music.  If you’re not familiar with the first Brandenburg concerto, have a listen to this haunting selection, which is the second of the concerto’s three movements: It has an other-worldly […]

Living Singly for God

Singles have occupied a distinct place in the Body of Christ since the earliest days of Christianity.  But in recent years, the percentage of singles in the church has risen dramatically to the point where singleness could fairly be said to be one of the cardinal phenomena of the modern church demographically.  And therefore understanding […]

On New Hymns & Seeing the World through the Gospel

Editor’s Note: CGC is often blessed with reflective contributions from Ben Shute, but today we have opportunity to share one of his original compositions and hymn texts. Here, Ben demonstrates that music–whether classical or jazz, indie rock or hip-hop–has the potential ability to meaningfully communicate the gospel and stir the affections for Christ. What follows […]

Entertainment and the Functional Hope of the Heart

As a performing musician, I have often wondered why it is that the classical concert scene in Europe (or at least many parts of Europe) generally has so much more vitality than in America, in terms of both the volume and quality of public participation.  For example, I can never forget how German audiences, packing […]

Advent and the Paradox of Hope

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” When hope touches a broken world, joy is born through groans of longing too deep for words. Hope is a painful thing.  Beautiful beyond compare, but painful.  Because hope, by its very nature, dares to open itself, to become vulnerable, to trust that it will […]