Remembering the best of Carman's Christian music career.
I have never liked “Good Good Father.” It’s main chorus is juvenile and repetitive, and the second stanza of “And I’m loved by you, it’s who I am…” is a grammatical eyesore. Loved is WHAT you are, not who. Your name is not Loved By You. Child-friendly lyrics, simplistic melodies, and overabundance of “Oh” and … Continue reading An Open Apology to Christian Music I Used to Hate
If nothing else, my life is a monument of what not to do. If you want to get far in life, grab a seat, watch me for a few minutes, cringe in pain, then go do the opposite. Case in point? Fifth grade, a time when a boy starts his long journey into manhood, but … Continue reading Two Lessons You Should Learn (Because I Sure Didn’t)
If you're still with me, God bless your patience. I've been trying to unpack why Christianity makes sense, at least to me. In Part 1, I said that atheism doesn't hold water. In Part 2, I argued that multiple religions can't coexist, not without bowing to some order that judges them all, thereby negating the … Continue reading Why Christianity? Part Three: Why Not Another Religion?
Why would anyone be a Christian in the modern age? More and more people are asking that. As a Christian, I think it's important to have an answer. However, when people ask this, they're actually asking one or more of three questions: Why religion at all when atheism is just fine? Why just one religion? … Continue reading Why Christianity? PART ONE: Why Religion at All?
In many ways, I wasted my twenties. In others, I loved them. Sometimes I failed to learn a lesson, other times I did the right thing almost by accident. Today, I turn thirty. I can officially look back on those ten crazy years and see where I goofed and where I succeeded. So if you're … Continue reading 10 Tips for your 20s from a Guy Turning 30.
I don't want you guys to make the same mistakes I did. I spent the majority of my 20s in a depressed funk, wondering why my life didn't seem to work. Yet I was a Christian who claimed to know the One True Hope. Was that hope failing me or was I doing something wrong? … Continue reading How God Wrecked My Life So Beautifully
The best I've seen of all that I've seen (or played) in 2017. Why? Because art is awesome and we should celebrate it. Particularly, I'm looking at books, movies, video games, and anime. Note: these are not all things that came out in 2017, but things I experienced for the first time in 2017. So … Continue reading 2017: A Year in Art
I use quotes around "Dry Spells" because sometimes it's a few days without rain and sometimes it's a freaking trek through the Sahara and the only thing you've had to eat in three weeks was the guy who died of thirst before you did. Metaphorically. I don't know anyone who likes deserts. Sure, we may like … Continue reading 1 Thing Christians Need to Remember About “Dry Spells”
I got tricked, dag nabbit! Okay, here’s what happened. I was having a rough day at work. Nothing terrible, just a common mist that comes over me now and again and darkens the sun. I’m desperate for a writing career, and while I’ve had some successes—a few published stories, a growing following, and good reviews … Continue reading How I Fell Into God’s Trap