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  • Blog Post: The Boundless Mixed Tape

    Remember back in the day, before Spotify and Pandora and even iTunes, when you made your friends or significant other a mixed tape or burned them a CD of your favorite songs? In honor of the mixed tape, I thought it would be fun to put together a Boundless playlist. Maybe you need some new music for...
  • Blog Post: Josh Garrels Is a Genius

    I'm dedicating an entire blog post here at Boundless to introduce you (if you're not already acquainted) to the brilliant, beautiful music of Josh Garrels. If you already know who Garrels is, then you're welcome for compiling this little bundle of awesomeness. Josh Garrels is a deep, theological...
  • Blog Post: Here We Come A Caroling

    Matt's post about Christmas carols reminded me of a favorite family tradition: singing carols. For the past few years, my dad, sisters and I have sung carols outside the church for the Christmas Eve service. Some years we've even dressed in Victorian garb and knocked on neighbors' doors....
  • Blog Post: The Best Love Songs

    On Sunday I woke up, as I always do, to a mostly oldies radio show. I mean really old oldies — lots of music from the '40s and '50s, with a smaller helping from the '60s, '70s and '80s thrown in. This time, they had a Valentine's Day theme. The beautiful old standards put me in...
  • Blog Post: Twitterview with Jeff Caylor

    You've probably noticed the new Twitter button on the left-hand side of the website. We're in our third month of trying to steward Twitter as a social networking tool and today we took it to a new level by doing our first "Twitterview." Our guest was Jeff Caylor an independent singer...
  • Blog Post: Dylan and His Latest Video

    OK, a break from my typical research and "serious" blog posts to something genuinely serious. No doubt, nearly every Boundless reader is all ramped up over the release this month of Bob Dylan's remarkable 35th studio album Tempest . This new disc is just another offering...
  • Blog Post: Redeeming Culture

    Have you ever believed that Christians must be fully “in” the world in order to redeem it? On the surface, it makes sense: How can you reach people if you know nothing about their culture or how they live? But I'm learning that this line of thinking can often stems from a desire to justify poor entertainment...
  • Blog Post: He Makes Charlie Sheen Look Downright Gentlemanly

    Charlie Sheen should be very, very, very thankful for Kanye West. Kanye's latest comments have Charlie coming off as quite the dignified gentleman in comparison. Charlie is obviously deeply and sadly troubled. As a human being, he deserves our sympathy and prayers. Kanye deserves our prayers to...
  • Blog Post: Good Music, Bad Ideas

    Cee Lo Green has made some people mad. No, he didn’t put out another song with an obscene title. He did far worse in their eyes: He changed the lyrics of a John Lennon song. The song was John Lennon’s “Imagine,” a hymn to how wonderful the world would be if there were no religion, no nations and no...
  • Blog Post: I'm in a Store and I'm Singing

    The Christmas music business is genius, really. Every year they take the same 10 songs, attach a different voice to them and make millions. I am one of those millions. I have always been a sucker for Christmas music. A few years ago I started listening to Christmas songs somewhere around the beginning...
  • Blog Post: Interviewing Martin Smith from Delirious?

    So yesterday we spent some time with Christian hip-hop artist KJ-52 . It was a great interview, which you'll hear on our podcast within a week or two. Here he is with Lisa, the host of The Boundless Show podcast. So tomorrow we spend some time with Martin Smith, lead singer of Delirious...
  • Blog Post: Summer Playlist S.O.S.

    I met a friend for lunch today, and as I jumped into my smoldering black car with black interior (Note to self: begin saving non-profit salary that is already compromised by excessive Starbucks runs and trash mag purchases to buy summer sports car or fun, trendy Vespa for use from June-Aug), my stereo...
  • Blog Post: Mystery Celebrities & Mystery Music

    I'm sitting here in a coffee shop in Santa Monica, CA, and about half an hour ago I just happened to look up and there in front of me was an actual celebrity. I had been told this might happen. The problem is, I can't for the life of me figure out who he was. I was told that might happen...
  • Blog Post: Church Music You Should Know

    At Christmas I did a post asking your favorite Christmas carols and got a decent number of replies. I don't imagine I'll get near as many if I ask about Lenten hymns. But I'm doing it anyway. This is the season where Christians historically sing some of the really great songs in our history...
  • Blog Post: The Safety Zone

    I took a break from writing my thesis Sunday night in order to watch the Grammys. Because, you know, going from exegesis of the book of Exodus to seeing Taylor Swift doing an Alice in Wonderland-themed performance with people in rabbit costumes is a smooth transition. As I was watching the show, I...
  • Blog Post: Robin Laid an Egg

    My son, Henry, trundled off to kindergarten this year. Because he barely made the cutoff age-wise, my wife and I had some anxiety and lots of conversation about whether he was really ready or not. Ultimately, we decided he was. Turns out we were worrying about the wrong things. Henry’s done great...
  • Blog Post: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

    Guys! Thanksgiving is over, and we can officially listen to Christmas music! I've brushed off my iTunes playlist and started listening to some old favorites and adding some new versions. Christmas music is kind of weird — there are really only about 12 standard Christmas songs, and everyone just...
  • Blog Post: Delirious: Powerful Ministry

    I first heard the Christian music group Delirious * back in the mid-90s. It wasn't my style of music, but after some thought I bought a couple of their albums. My justification: I was a musician, and this is popular, and so it'll be good for me to study their music. It wasn't long, though...
  • Blog Post: The Effects of Loud Music

    My life took a turn a dozen years ago. Though I personally didn't care for their style, I bought a Delirious album, thinking it'd be good for me to become familiar with their music. I came to love their music, and have since come to appreciate a swath of contemporary Christian music. Sure...
  • Blog Post: Faith Heroes

    The other day I heard an old song on the radio. I was instantly taken back to sitting in a folding chair at summer camp as a 14-year-old girl. On the stage, was a hulk of a 16-year-old boy belting out the Degarmo and Key classic " If God Is For Us. " If you're weary, don't lose...
  • Blog Post: Music and the Mind

    Do you ever think about why you listen to the music that you do? I do. Earlier this week, I found myself repeating lyrics from Chris Tomlin’s song, “I Lift My Hands.” I love the lyrics that say, “You are faithful, God, forever.” Every time I think of those words, I am reminded of situations where...
  • Blog Post: Rebecca St. James' Wait Is Over

      Well, she did it. Rebecca St. James is engaged. I received word from her label yesterday, and immediately emailed a couple of my male friends to break the news (and subsequently, their hearts). You can get the full scoop  here , but the lucky guy is Jacob Fink, who...
  • Blog Post: Music ? Worship

    In an effort to get my point across with a splash, I'm going to be hyperbolic: Singing a hymn at church is not worship. Playing guitar at small group is not worship. Humming along to a song in your car is not worship. Raising your hands on Sunday morning is not worship. What the...
  • Blog Post: I Thought it Was a Love Song

    You know how you can preview pieces of songs on Amazon and iTunes? Well I was doing just that, sampling the music of a new-to-me country singer. Having heard a song that made me weep for those who suffer infertility , I did a quick search to find out who the artist is. Turns out it's Kellie Coffey...
  • Blog Post: Josh Garrel's Year of Jubilee

    Ten years ago, a few college buddies and I gathered with 30-40 other students in our Student Union and settled in for a night of music. Many local artists would occasionally pass through and bless us with their abilities. On one particular evening, an artist named Josh Garrels, guitar in hand, played...