You are about to enter ‘The Twilight Zone’

As one who writes on non-fiction spiritual topics as a pastor and blogger as well as fantasy fiction, I tend to like finding ways of blending the two together (my fantasy fiction would, therefore, be labeled among the "Christian Spec-fic" category). So it probably comes as no surprise that I am a huge fan of …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: “Kissers and Killers”

For this week's edition of Flashback Friday, we take a look at The Choir's 1993 independent release, Kissers and Killers. This E.P. was the precursor to Speckled Bird, which contains these songs and more. The story goes that the band had hopes for crossing over, and released this as a demo for secular labels, only to …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: “20 Years: Live”

Today's album review is the live concert recording that marked the 20th anniversary of Christian Rock's first (and dare I say it--best) metal group: Resurrection Band (a.k.a. Rez Band, a.k.a. Rez).  This album was recorded in Chicago in 1992, the place where Rez started and held its ministry outpost, not only as a band but …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: “This Means War!”

When This Means War! was released in the Fall of 1987, the group had already been in existence for 15 years, and would go on for another 18 more years afterward, not including later reunions. Sliding through the timeline of Petra, This Means War! is certainly a standout album. Some may say the 1990 Beyond Belief is the …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: “The Live Set”

A few months ago, I had reviewed Michael W. Smith's The Big Picture. What followed after that album was released was a tremendous tour, which resulted in a live long-form video and concert album. At the time, it was hard to tell just which was better--the energy, excitement, and performance of the live album or the …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: “Electric Warrior, Acoustic Saint”

Wow. Is that enough for a review? Can I just leave it at that? Lanny Cordola's freshman 1991 solo instrumental effort is so full of creative energy, it's hard to know where to begin. Perhaps at the beginning? From the soft, ethereal 'Intro' that segues into the next two heart-stomping songs without missing a beat …

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Flashback Friday: “Free At Last”

When DC Talk first emerged in 1989 with their self-titled debut, they stood out among the rest of CCM's rap artists by adding rock and soul. But by the time their third album, Free At Last was released in the Fall of 1992, they had made the jump to light speed from "not bad for a Christian …

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