Should Christians…?

Okay. Please set aside your political leanings. Pretend you have no clue about what these folks are potesting:

Marriott protest in OaklandIf you are a Christian, should you have been part of this protest? Why or why not?

Now, let’s just stipulate that it is for a genuinely good cause. To support the downtrodden. To right a major wrong.

If you are a Christian, should you have been part of this protest? Why or why not?

Should Christians protest in this manner early in the morning until late at night (e.g. 10:30)?

Final note…this was more reserved than other parts (e.g. what was going on after 9PM one of the nights).

Should Christians…?

King Solomon Versus the Hair Band Poison

King Solomon:

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief (Ecclesiastes 1:18, New International Version).


Yeah sometimes I wish I didn’t know now
The things I didn’t know then

Yes, the body of Christ is composed from every nation under the sun, and from folks who grew up with all kinds of different music. 🙂

Poison’s “Something to Believe In” (which includes the line at 4:59 in):


Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays lights

The stockings are emptied; the gifts are open. What remains is more important: time with loved ones.

Merry Christmas signPerhaps the greatest gift the Lord gave us in 2015 is a new home in a new town. From the first day we visited Strasburg, Colorado, we have seen the beauty of its land and its people. That beauty is what inspired, and continues to inspire, Strasburg Rocks!

Happy Holidays lights by the Strasburg Convenience StoreWe are slowly unearthing all that Strasburg and the surrounding area has to offer; it is like unwrapping magnificent gifts year-round. One of the more recent discoveries was the annual Christmas celebration downtown. We were remiss then in not photographing the beautiful decorations along Strasburg’s main thoroughfare, but hopefully have made it up with a video of driving through the town late Christmas Eve (or early this Christmas morning, depending on your perspective):


Wooden carolers in front of the Strasburg Post OfficeNow, we stated that the greatest gift God blessed us with in 2015 was a home (not just a house) in Strasburg…but, of course, it pales in comparison to the greatest gift ever bestowed; one that was for all who will accept it. The 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” makes it apropos to remember that sacrifice from above with the same words that Linus used when Charles Shultz bucked precedent and included these verses in a Christmas special: Continue reading Merry Christmas!

Video of the Week

Snapshot of David Britt videoThis Video of this Week, “Hand of Jesus” is a brand new track…as in “released yesterday” from David Britt. I am hoping this means in 2016 David will be releasing a Christian CD of EP. 🙂

This song reminds me of a sermon I gave a while back called “The Hand of God.” Punch line is that the hand of Jesus is the hand of God (the Father is no different than the Son in His love and compassion for us). To (sort of) paraphrase David, “Take the hand of Jesus and be saved…”


Episode 4 – Do You Really Believe?

David Britt's "Do You Really Believe"Welcome

Welcome to episode number four of Traditores Higher Frequency! This week we build off our interview with accomplished country musician David Britt last week, where we learned a bit about him, his music, and his faith. During that interview we touched on what might be my favorite song by him, “Do You Really Believe”…and today we are going to consider what it means to really believe in Jesus.

The song has a very creedal chorus. What do I mean by creedal? Creeds are statements of belief. For instance, you may have heard the Apostles’ Creed. It’s starts with:

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell1

Do you see what I mean by creedal? Now compare those snippets to what David sings in the chorus of “Do You Really Believe”:

Do you really believe
That Jesus Christ is the Lord
Do you really believe
That He died on the cross
Do you really believe
That there’s a heaven and a hell
Do you really believe
Look in the mirror, ask yourself2

And, the longer chorus at the end of the song further adds:

Do you really believe
Those nails were driven through His hands
Do you really believe
Those thorns were wrapped around His head
Do you really believe3
He gave His life for all of us

Continue reading Episode 4 – Do You Really Believe?

Episode 3 – Interview with David Britt

Video snapshot of David Britt interviewWelcome

Welcome to the third episode of Traditores Higher Frequency. This week you get to meet a very talented country musician and brother in Christ, David Britt. David and I connected on Skype and chatted about him, his music, and his faith.

What you are about to hear is a shortened version of that dynamic interview…so please be sure to visit our website……to hear…and to watch…the entire interview.

Without further ado, here’s our conversation with David… Continue reading Episode 3 – Interview with David Britt

Happy Father’s Day (“Things My Father Said”)

For the Traditores Video of the Week…

Okay…I know it’s more like the Traditores Video of Every-Few-Months. 🙂

And as a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there…here is a great tune from one of my favorite bands:


By the way, at least some of the group became Christians. (They may all be…I am not sure.)

This bonus video is why I even thought of the song today. It’s a great live version that was just posted (and YouTube sent me an e-mail about): Continue reading Happy Father’s Day (“Things My Father Said”)

Theological Debate Advice from Data

Here is some theological debate advice from Star Trek Next Generation’s sentient android, Data:


Test it. Don’t try to “win” the debate. Stay civil throughout. See what happens.

P.S. And notice how Data behaves even after, not trying to “win”…he “wins”…

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude (1 Corinthians 13:4-5a).

Cloverton’s “Hallelujah”

ClovertonI am a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas music, but I am very proud to break that habit with the addition of five songs by Cloverton to the Countdown2.Christmas Radio playlist. I’m sure a lot of it is Lance Stafford’s unique voice, but I can’t say enough about how the whole band takes Christmas classics and…somehow…gets me to hear what I’ve never heard before in the songs’ messages.

Even though I have listened to (and have sung) them so many, many times during my 50 years on this earth.

Sadly, the tune with which I discovered them (“Hallelujah”) is not available for airplay yet, but you can enjoy it on YouTube:


May their talents bless you as they have blessed me as we all remember the reason for the season.

Cross posted on Countdown2.Christmas.

Video of the Week

Okay, so I haven’t been keeping up so that it is the “Video of the Week”…more like the “Video of the Three Weeks.” 🙂

But, I’ll get better…especially if you share your suggestions with me! 🙂

This week, an acoustic video from a new band I discovered this week, Unspoken:


And a bonus lyric video from them: Continue reading Video of the Week

Happy Birthday

This is the first video in a new Traditores feature, the Traitorous Music Video of the Week. They will not necessarily all be Christian (e.g. “Happy Birthday” by Flipsyde is not), but they will always be thought provoking, great music, or both.

In this case, a talented rapper realizes that an abortion he paid for was a huge mistake and he calls it what it is. As sad as the subject and his error are, this song brings out a positive “redemption” feel to me.


Any suggestions for the Traitorous Music Video of the Week? Please contact us.