Finding Your Heart Song: Charles Pettee and Folk Psalm

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As we end Thanksgiving, a season traditionally set to celebrate harvest time, and turn toward Advent, I am excited to share a podcast interviewing  bluegrass, folk, and Americana musician Charles Pettee, about his “Folk Psalms” project.  In Folk Psalms the Biblical psalms are re-cast in the style of bluegrass music and  language of average working people.  These songs are not only delightful to listen to but also rooted in deep theological reflection on the connection between the spiritual life and  both the struggles of ordinary people and especially the land.  In addition to discussing these connection, Charles gives us a listen to some of his favorite FolkPsalms.

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Your progressive redneck preacher,



A Week in the Word: Confronting Roots of Abuse in Evangelicalism

One of the big pieces of news in the south-land right now is the wave of accusations of Roy Moore, an evangelical leader running for Jeff Session’s Senate seat in Alabama. I thought it would be to share some thoughtful words about something many people are often puzzled about it: How is it many evangelicals who flock to figures like Roy for their commitment to memorials to the 10 commandments and claims of defending traditional family values, are willing to look the other way about his and even President Trump’s history of young women coming forward saying they have been sexually harassed or assaulted?

A recent article in the LA TIMES puts it well:

I found this article very helpful in exploring why.   Such events challenge us to continue to lift up our voice about the way in which Micah 6:8 challenges us that as people of faith we cannot claim to walk humbly with God while doing injustice to either children or victims of oppression, and while not acting with mercy or compassion to them.

Your progressive redneck preacher,