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  • A Songwriter’s Suite: A Review of Steve Bell’s “Wouldn’t You Love To Know?”

    “…in praise of an album that belongs in the rare company of Dan Fogelberg’s “The Innocent Age” and Bruce Cockburn’s “Dancing In The Dragon’s Jaws.”

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  • Dark Night of the Soul | Video Podcast with Steve Bell and Dr Bruce Hindmarsh

    Join Steve Bell and Dr Bruce Hindmarsh for a video-podcast discussion of St. John of the Cross and Steve’s song “Dark Night of the Soul.”

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  • Here are the audio, lyrics and my commentary of We Fall Back Amazed, a song from Mike Janzen's newly released double CD, The Psalms Project.

    Song Commentary: We Fall Back Amazed, new from Mike Janzen

    If one were to commission a musical setting for Psalm 97, one would expect the composer to employ subsonic synthesizers, blazing trumpets, crashing cymbals, portentous medieval choirs and no end of audio wizardry to complete the task. What one would not expect however, is what Mike Janzen did with the text….

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  • The Story of a Portrait

    The pose I selected for this portrait reflects a somber mood—perhaps uncharacteristic of how we visualize Steve….

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  • Good Shepherd Sunday: A Good Word from an Old Sheep

    Without a question, Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and highly sentimentalized of all the psalms. For all its pastoral prettiness, however, the psalm has a quality of resilient, almost rugged faith…

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  • For the Journey : A song and a prayer

    These words of Jesus are not a pain-masking opioid, they are Eastering words spoken by one well acquainted with grief. And so I take up those words and offer this prayer:

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  • Easter is the promise of radical renewal by creation's maker. Here are two beautiful Easter poems and a song for Easter morning.

    Easter Poems and Songs: Searching for the Light of Easter

    “We were sent here to search for the light of Easter in our hearts. And when we find it, we are meant to give it away generously.”

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  • Favourite things, poems and songs for Good Friday

    The biblical tradition cannot be easily understood looking from the top-down as most of the scriptures were written by oppressed peoples throughout history…

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  • Thoughts and Songs for Palm Sunday 2020

    The unique glory of this sovereign is not in the display of splendour and power common to Pharaohs, Emperors, Presidents and the like, but rather in the unlikely display of radical humility, solidarity and compassion with the marginalized and miserable….

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  • THE WELLSPRING – A Sunday Song

    Each Sunday I’ll try to post a song or two for those who are shut-in and shut out of church. – SB Yesterday was such…

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