“The 12” Utterly Ascends

the 12Critic Jon Landau in 1974 upon seeing a certain New Jersey singer/songwriter for the first time:

“I saw rock and roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”

This past Sunday I was at the small Stage Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts here in Denver where a world premiere was taking place.

I saw Christian Rock Musical future, and its name is “The 12”

It has been a generation since Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar brought the Good News to Broadway, Continue reading

Shrewd for Christ’s Sake

hqdefaultLet me tell you a peculiar story of Jesus, that very few long to hear. It might be my favorite of all.

It’s called the parable of “The Dishonest Manager” and it’s found in Luke 16:1-9. Look in your version, some anxious translators call him “shrewd” for propriety’s sake; seems a little softer. Many claim the story continues through verse 13, but it doesn’t. This is just scrambling to try to lessen the blow by including other, more conventional (but unrelated) teachings on money. It should stand alone. Continue reading

Israel: Re-Thinking Our Un-Thoughtful Support

Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu at the White House in 2010President Obama said an astonishing thing last week: that we need to “reconsider” our support of Israel given our commitment to peace in the region and protecting the human rights of all; non-Jewish Palestinians included.  His comment rightly made news and wrongly brought about criticism from the right-wing here. It’s the most constructive thing an American president has said about the never-ending conflict in years. Continue reading