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Mike Cosper is pastor of worship and arts at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He writes on the gospel and the arts for The Gospel Coalition.
How we gather shapes who we are and what we believe, both explicitly (through the actual content of songs, prayers, and sermons) and implicitly (through the cultural ethos and personas).
We want to tell the story of bin Laden's defeat without having to remember Abu Ghraib. We want redemption without confession.
It's surprisingly easy to get together and make music when there's a common commitment to keep Christ at the center.
There's a grinding, heartbreaking kind of tragedy that threads its way through 'Les Miserables.' You can't help but feel the sting of our fallen world.
Seize the opportunity; take an inventory of how you'd like to see yourself grow this year; and take simple, practical steps to help make it happen.
Only the reconciling power of the gospel can transcend the hipster's sense of alienation.
We believe there's much to appreciate about the less visible, pastoral songwriting at the local church level.
A good story can carry profound redemptive themes and portray the agonies and ecstasies of everyday life in ways that a sermon can't.
Inevitably, a satisfying hero story will always involve a great, gospel-like reversal, where the odds seem insurmountable and the heroes seem overcome.
The rule---the force that drives the market for diets and cosmetic surgery---is not health and healing but enhancing and improving.