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Albums You Missed: Jeremy Enigk’s World Waits

posted by S. Russ

The name Jeremy Enigk is instantly recognizable to any fan of the early emo scene of the 1990s.  Wait, wait… emo!?!  I know, I know, just hear me out!

Enigk was the lead singer of early emo-innovators Sunny Day Real Estate.  His conversion to Christianity in the mid-90s caused shock waves throughout the then-small emo community.  While the band would go on to record arguably their best work in The Rising Tide, Enigk still seemed to be finding his feet as a Christian songwriter.


That would come with his second solo effort World Waits.  The 2006 release showcases Enigk’s soaring vocals over acoustic-based arrangements that capture the heartfelt lyrics.  Musically, it is an effort that will appeal to rock fans and folk fans alike as Enigk’s influences are as broad as they are deep.

Enigk also handles the spiritual nature of the lyrics with precision and accessibility.  People of faith will be able to latch onto the themes of the songs while others will find more than enough to relate to.  This is a difficult balance to maintain (just ask Switchfoot!), but Enigk handles it with care.

If you enjoy acoustic based rock with soaring vocals and more than a little emotion, you owe it to yourself to locate a copy sooner rather than later.

Songs to start with: Canons, River to Sea


Things That Challenge My Faith: The Success of Britney Spears

posted by S. Russ

51-s8va4LUL._SL500_AA300_.jpgThe internet is heating up over the upcoming Britney Spears album Femme Fatale.  While educating myself on the latest Britney news I become aware of something that slipped under my radar.  Oh how I wish it had stayed there.

Did you know that Britney Spears was the top selling female artist of the last decade?

Just take a minute to let that sink in.  With 100 million albums sold Britney Spears topped artists like Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Norah Jones, Pink, and Carrie Underwood.



Now to be fair, her success really only challenges my faith in humanity.  It is clear that Britney’s questionable parenting techniques and unique hair decisions kept her in the public eye enough to spur album sales throughout an entire decade.  That isn’t exactly shocking in a world where Ke$ha has multiple hit singles.  Even though this fact blows my mind it is really just another reminder that we are a broken, broken people.

As far as God is concerned, it is just a reminder that the G-man has one wicked sense of humor.

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Prophecy and the Black Eyed Peas

posted by S. Russ

Prophecy [profuh-see] n
The foretelling or prediction of what is to come.

This blog isn’t about that.  In fact, a lot of prophecy isn’t about that.  Traditional prophecy is more about the present than the future.  It is about shedding light on what exists and revealing it for what it really is.  That is what this blog is about. 


Well, that and awesome music!

My name is Stephen Russ and I am here to take you on a journey through the worlds of religion and music.  Expect posts about Katy Perry next to posts about Chris Tomlin, expect bizarre hymn lyrics next to commentary on American Idol, and expect to hear your new favorite band right next to the worst band you have ever heard.  Above all else, expect to have fun

If you like religion and you like music, you have come to the right place.  So in the truly immortal words of the pop group who completely botched their Super Bowl performance last night:

Let’s get it started!!


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