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1. Smith, Michael W. - A Million Lights (<span class="highlight">Dalton</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
 The Michael W. Smith album I didn’t know that I wanted Label: Rocketown Records Length: 13 songs/50 minutes I have had more fun listening to A Million Lights by Michael W. Smith than any of his ...
Created on 15 March 2018
2. Gray, Jason - Where the Light Gets In (<span class="highlight">Dalton</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
  God works through the broken places in our lives.  Where the Light Gets In Artist: Jason Gray (www.jasongraymusic.com) Label: Centricity Music Length: 13 tracks/45 minutes  The title of Jason Gray’s ...
Created on 24 July 2016
3. Guinness, Os - Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion (<span class="highlight">Dalton</span>
(Past Book Reviews)
It will never be enough to win an argument if we lose people.           Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion Author: Os Guinness Publisher: IVP Books (www.ivpress.com) ...
Created on 30 November 2015
4. Peterson, Andrew - The Burning Edge of Dawn (<span class="highlight">Dalton</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
Gracious Uncertainty The Burning Edge of Dawn Artist: Andrew Peterson (www.andrew-peterson.com) Label: Centricity Music Length: 10 tracks/38:12 minutes If you like literate expressions of faith, ...
Created on 03 November 2015
5. Gray, Jason - Love Will Have the Final Word (<span class="highlight">Dalton</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
When the ruins are all we see … It only means love isn’t finished yet Love Will Have the Final Word Artist: Jason Gray (www.jasongraymusic.com/) Label: Centricity Music Length: 11 songs/42 minutes ...
Created on 31 March 2014
6. Country Faith: 56 Reflections from Today’s Leading Country Music Stars (<span class="highlight">Dalton</span>)
(Past Book Reviews)
A coffee table book for the country music fan Country Faith: 56 Reflections from Today’s Leading Country Music Stars Compiler: Deborah Evans Price Publisher: Zondervan Pages: 128 Early in the twentieth ...
Created on 17 January 2014
7. Getty, Keith & Kristyn - Live at the Gospel Coalition (<span class="highlight">Dalton</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
Worship enriched by theology Live at the Gospel Coalition Artist: Keith & Kristyn Getty Label: Getty Music (www.gettymusic.com) Length: 16 tracks/1 hour 6 minutes If you appreciate modern worship, ...
Created on 31 December 2013
8. Shust, Aaron - Morning Rises (<span class="highlight">Dalton</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
“Praising God is like pushing aside the clouds.” Morning Rises Artist: Aaron Shust (www.aaronshust.com) Label: Centricity Music Length: 12 songs/45 minutes “Morning Rises,” the title track of ...
Created on 12 August 2013
9. Grant, Amy - How Mercy Looks from Here (Michael <span class="highlight">Dalton</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
If we could only see, how it might change our perspective. How Mercy Looks from Here Artist: Amy Grant Label: Capitol Christian Music Group Length: 11 tracks/42 minutes Scottish minister Robert ...
Created on 14 May 2013
10. Gray, Jason - Christmas Stories: Repeat the Sounding Joy (<span class="highlight">Dalton</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
Christmas richly imagined through the principal characters Christmas Stories: Repeat the Sounding Joy Artist: Jason Gray Label: Centricity Music Length: 13 tracks/44:40 minutes Even though Christmas ...
Created on 03 November 2012
11. Rush of Fools - We Once Were (<span class="highlight">Dalton</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
Rush of Fools rocks solid after two years of turmoil. We Once Were Artist: Rush of Fools (www.rushoffools.com) Label: eOneChristian Music Length: 12 tracks/44.2 minutes “We Once Were” by Rush of ...
Created on 05 November 2011
12. Groves, Sara - Invisible Empires (Michael <span class="highlight">Dalton</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
Have you ever been lost in wonder at something quiet and beautiful? Invisible Empires Artist: Sara Groves (www.saragroves.com) Label: Fair Trade Services Length: 11 tracks/41 minutes "Miracle" is ...
Created on 29 October 2011
13. Downhere - On the Altar of Love (<span class="highlight">Dalton</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
As wise master builders, Downhere return to the foundation and fill the breaches. On the Altar of Love Artist: Downhere (www.downhere.com) Label: Centricity Length: 12 tracks/47:13 minutes “‘If the ...
Created on 20 August 2011
14. Trinity - Trinity Street EP
(Music Reviews)
The sound of freedom in the air Trinity Street EP Artist: Trinity Label: The Fuel Music Length: 5 songs/17 minutes Party band. This reference to Trinity has stayed with me. Their style is one of ...
Created on 30 July 2022
15. Austin, Lynn - Long Way Home
(Book Reviews)
There is no God in Downton Abbey. Long Way Home Author: Lynn Austin Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Pages: 387 “There is no God in Downton Abbey.” This thought from a review of the popular TV ...
Created on 13 July 2022
16. Awaken Worship - Lionheart (Deluxe)
(Music Reviews)
... is the male lead on “Authority.” Though this can be viewed as spiritual warfare more than anything it’s expressing the believer’s authority in Christ, which is an act of worship. Michael Dalton  ...
Created on 09 June 2022
17. Heath, Brandon - Enough Already
(Music Reviews)
One more thing? Enough already! Enough Already Brandon Heath Label: Centricity Music Length: 9 songs/32 minutes Imagine being flawed but still worthy of love. Instead of needing one thing more, imagine ...
Created on 23 May 2022
18. Silliman, Daniel - Reading Evangelicals: How Christian Fiction Shaped a Culture and a Faith
(Book Reviews)
A fun, insightful read for Christian bibliophiles. Reading Evangelicals: How Christian Fiction Shaped a Culture and a Faith Daniel Silliman Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company Pages: ...
Created on 20 April 2022
19. Trinity - Desert Rain
(Music Reviews)
Surprised by a multi-cultural sound! Desert Rain Artist: Trinity Label: The Fuel Music Length: 12 songs/56 minutes It’s not often when I start to listen to something new that I’m taken by surprise. ...
Created on 13 April 2022
20. Piotrowski, Nicholas G. - In All The Scriptures
(Book Reviews)
Away with allegory! In All The Scriptures: The Three Contexts of Biblical Hermeneutics Nicholas G. Piotrowski Publisher: IVP Academic Pages: 289 In All the Scriptures is about contexts: literary, ...
Created on 05 March 2022
21. Renzema, Chris - Get Out Of The Way Of Your Own Heart Deluxe
(Music Reviews)
The sound of healthy deconstruction? Get Out Of The Way Of Your Own Heart Deluxe Chris Renzema Label: Centricity Music Length: 15 songs/58 minutes On Get Out Of The Way Of Your Own Heart Deluxe Chris ...
Created on 18 February 2022
22. Mayberry, Patrick - Holy Spirit Come EP
(Music Reviews)
Hear the sound of explosive, victorious worship Holy Spirit Come EP Patrick Mayberry Label: Centricity Music Length: 6 songs/25 minutes If you listen to Air1 you will most likely be familiar with ...
Created on 25 January 2022
23. Bustard, Ned - Saint Nicholas the Giftgiver
(Past Book Reviews)
IVP Kids Saint Nicholas, perfect for the young in heart Saint Nicholas the Giftgiver Retold and Illustrated by Ned Bustard Publisher: IVP Kids At last I have discovered for myself that children’s ...
Created on 15 December 2021
24. Highlands Worship - Comfort and Joy
(Past Music Reviews)
A diversity of styles and excellent arrangements make this a dynamic soundtrack for the celebration of Christ's birth. Comfort and Joy Highlands Worship Label: The Fuel Music Length: 10 tracks/32 minutes ...
Created on 14 December 2021
25. Cobb, Caroline - A King & His Kindness
(Past Music Reviews)
A Jesus record to help God’s people remember and rehearse his story A King & His Kindness Artist:Caroline Cobb Publisher: Integrity Music Length: 9 tracks/37 minutes A King & His Kindness by Caroline ...
Created on 07 November 2021
26. First Nations Version: An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament
(Past Book Reviews)
... If you have any inclination, don’t hesitate to get what is truly honoring to First Nations people. It’s not just for them, as this will retain a special place in my Bible collection.  Michael Dalton ...
Created on 25 September 2021
27. James, Coby - Mixtape Vol. 1: Side A (EP)
(Past Music Reviews)
Warm and fun, “Golden” celebrates God’s love Label: Centricity Music Length: 4 songs/14 minutes On Mixtape Vol. 1: Side A Coby James opens with a fun and happy song. The playful feel to “Golden” ...
Created on 12 September 2021
28. planetboom - JC Squad
(Past Music Reviews)
Stretching oneself musically can be worth the effort for both artists and listeners. JC Squad Artisat: planetboom Label: Venture3Media Length: 12 songs/53 minutes The first time I heard JC Squad ...
Created on 06 July 2021
29. North Point Worship - Live from Decatur City
(Past Music Reviews)
Arena-sized anthems from an Atlanta-based ministry Live from Decatur City North Point Worship Publishers: North Point Music/Centricity Music Length: 6 tracks/26 minutes It’s no secret that in person ...
Created on 01 June 2021
30. Middle River Hymnal - Holy Week, Vol. 1 EP
(Past Music Reviews)
Duo translates the many colors of hymns into rural magic. Holy Week, Vol. 1 EP Middle River Hymnal Label: Gospel Song Records Length: 5 songs/23 minutes If you record music, you know something about ...
Created on 29 April 2021
31. Maag, Karin - Worshiping with the Reformers
(Past Book Reviews)
... This window into the past informs the present and has the potential to shape our future. In this time of steadily declining church attendance this can purify the heart to worship anew. Michael Dalton ...
Created on 06 April 2021
32. Arends, Carolyn - Recognition
(Past Music Reviews)
Delighting in surprising turns reminiscent of her friend Rich Mullins. Recognition Carolyn Arends Label: 2B Records Length: 12 tracks/51 minutes There is a lyrical turn on “Let Love Lead You Home” ...
Created on 19 March 2021
33. Bell, Steve - Wouldn't You Love to Know
(Past Music Reviews)
As David Dark would say, “There are so many ways to love God.” Wouldn’t You Love to Know? is one of them. Wouldn’t You Love to Know? Steve Bell Label: Signpost Music Length: 12 songs/39 minutes The ...
Created on 13 March 2021
34. Goldingay, John - The Theology of Jeremiah
(Past Book Reviews)
First testament enthusiasm is contagious. The Theology of Jeremiah: The Book, the Man, the Message John Goldingay Publisher: IVP Academic Pages: 151 If nothing else, John Goldingay deserves credit ...
Created on 06 February 2021
35. Feliz, Jordan - Say It
(Past Music Reviews)
... blending on the high notes of the chorus make it seem resplendent with light. No desire to offend, “just had to say it … If the name of Jesus ain’t lifted up, then who needs us.” Michael Dalton  ...
Created on 31 January 2021
36. The Midnight Sky
(Past Movie Reviews)
... Scriptwriter: Mark L. Smith based on “Good Morning, Midnight” by Lily Brooke-Dalton Composer: Alexandre Desplat Cinematography: Martin Ruhe Smokehouse Pictures/Netflix Rating: PG 13 Running Length: One ...
Created on 29 December 2020
37. Keizer, Will - Angel In A Haunted House
(Past Music Reviews)
Intelligent, creative and a bit spooky Angel In A Haunted House Will Keizer Label: Independent Length: 10 songs/28 minutes Angel In A Haunted House by Will Keizer reminds me of work by guitarists ...
Created on 08 December 2020
38. Cobb, Caroline - A Seed, A Sunrise
(Past Music Reviews)
Cathartic in a time of grief A Seed, A Sunrise Caroline Cobb Label: Independent Length: 7 songs/32 minutes The first two songs on A Seed, A Sunrise by Caroline Cobb embody watching and waiting, a ...
Created on 30 November 2020
39. Gray, Jason - Reorder
(Past Music Reviews)
Falling apart never sounded so good Reorder EP Jason Gray Label: Centricity Music Length: 7 songs/26 minutes How many can turn a song about longing for what was into a celebration of what is? Such ...
Created on 28 October 2020
40. Unspoken - Reason Deluxe
(Past Music Reviews)
Feeling the Son after four seasons of winter Reason Deluxe Artist: Unspoken Label: Centricity Music Length: 18 tracks/1 hour 6 minutes How is it that so much of what I review seems so applicable ...
Created on 19 September 2020
41. Gilbreath, Edward - Birmingham Revolution
(Past Book Reviews)
“Governments … controlled by men are without exception anti-life and anti-Christ.” Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church Author: Edward Gilbreath Publisher: IVP ...
Created on 11 August 2020
42. LaHaie, Perry - Him
(Past Music Reviews)
God did not design us for suffocating spaces but for running in the fields. Him Perry LaHaie Label: Independent release Length: 9 songs/39 minutes If the follower of Christ is not careful, the hardships ...
Created on 19 July 2020
43. Harper, Tori - Selah EP
(Past Music Reviews)
The beauty of unrealized service Label: Awaken Saint Records and The Fuel Music Length: 4 tracks/16 minutes On Selah Tori Harper sounds utterly broken when she sings the chorus of “The Wreck,” Where ...
Created on 22 June 2020
44. Walsh, Sheila - Braveheart Worship
(Past Music Reviews)
Two friends and early collaborators reunite on an excellent remake. Braveheart Worship Sheila Walsh Label: Venture3Media Length: 11 songs/49 minutes Having been a longtime fan of Sheila Walsh I am ...
Created on 12 June 2020
45. DeGroat, Chuck - When Narcissism Comes to Church
(Past Book Reviews)
“I love you more than your mask” (Rich Mullins). When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community from Emotional and Spiritual Abuse Author: Chuck DeGroat Publisher: InterVarsity Press Pages: ...
Created on 17 May 2020
46. Planetshakers - Glory Pt 2 EP
(Past Music Reviews)
Starts as the musical equivalent to the Fast & Furious     Label: Venture3Media (V3M) Length: 4 songs/25 minutes   Glory Pt 2 EP starts off as the musical equivalent to the Fast & Furious media ...
Created on 11 May 2020
47. Renzema, Chris - Let the Ground Rest
(Past Music Reviews)
“Your love is like springtime.” Label: Centricity Music Length: 10 songs/40 minutes “Springtime” is such an appropriate opening for Let the Ground Rest by Chris Renzema. Not only does it coincide ...
Created on 24 April 2020
48. Schlitt, John - GO
(Past Music Reviews)
A remedy for the times Label: 4K Records Length: 11 songs/44 minutes Keep moving. Bob Dylan said it was a key to health. On GO, the latest solo release by John Schlitt, he sings along the same lines: ...
Created on 06 April 2020
49. Rizzo, Justin - Paid It All EP
(Past Music Reviews)
The electro pop worship on the first two songs is a delight. Label: Spotlight Music Group Length: 4 songs/20 minutes God’s relentless pursuit is the theme of the opening “Love Won’t Stop,” a rich ...
Created on 25 March 2020
50. Simple Hymns: Songs of Communion
(Past Music Reviews)
Classic texts and new songs explore being in Christ. Simple Hymns: Songs of Communion Artist: Various Length: 10 songs/45 minutes Label: Venture3Media Don’t imagine songs about receiving communion ...
Created on 16 February 2020

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