I grew up on Billy Joel, James Taylor, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, and The Who. As a young Christian, my faith and theology were formed by the music of the late Rich Mullins, and for the past 10 years, Switchfoot has provided the soundtrack to my life. Here are some other unexpected jewels I've stumbled upon.
All Sons and Daughters is creating some of the most artistic and elegant music the church has seen in recent memory
The music of my son, Jonathan Anderson
Ever since I heard the opening riff to "Meant to Live (The Beautiful Letdown, 2003), I've been huge fan of the music and message of Switchfoot. No less so for the latest, Where the Light Shines Through.
Reading is one of my greatest passions--novels, biographies, recent history, Christian living, leadership, and more. Here are quick reviews of some of the best books I've found.
The touchingly sparse and realistic dialogue reminded me of one of the greatest westerns of all time, Larry McMurty's Lonesome Dove.
One of the more challenging books I've read in a while, The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
It's good to keep learning about life, faith, and the world around us. It's also good to laugh a lot. Here are some great sources for interesting stories, fresh perspectives, and frequent laughs.
Listening to the Download Youth Ministry Podcast is like listening to a conversation with good friends who understand me.
Despite it's tongue in cheek title, The Art of Manliness is an incredible clearing house for everything related to being a man.
This is a cool endeavor by some young men who wanted a place to write about God, relationships, adventure, and what it means to become a true man.
Public radio at its best. Each week features fascinating stories built around common themes. Most weeks this is the most downloaded podcast in the country, and with good reason.
It's a spinoff of This American Life. One story, told week by week. The first season was about a murder case in Baltimore. The second season is about an AWOL soldier in Afghanistan. Thorough and fascinating.
He's every father from Western PA. He speaks to my roots, and always makes me laugh. If you are from anywhere else, you probably won't get it.
There are some really talented people in the world. I'm blessed to know some of them personally. You should meet them.
Jeff Bethke's Youtube video "Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus" received over 30 million views, and set him on a course as a leading voice for today's generation of young Christians. He has written two best-selling books and produced a ton of interesting videos. Jeff spoke at our college block party a few years ago.
Dante is the Creative Arts Director for Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, MD. He's also a talented spoken word artist who can move you with his verbal poetry. I highly recommend him.
Rob Ridlen is a local photographer and really cool 6'7" dude. He takes great pictures, including the cover shots for my homepage and blog. If you are looking for portraiture, sports, family, etc., he's your man.
I don't know Skye personally, but he is an eloquent voice for Christians who want to find the intersection between faith and culture. The former editor of Leadership magazine, Skye's blog is insightful, humble, and thought-provoking.
Mary Sarah Rader is one of my former students. Her specialties are high school seniors, weddings and romance. She took the shots of my wife and me that you'll find on this site. She's got an eye for the tasteful and creative, and is a true professional about her work.