Ray Crespo

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How to Stop Overthinking

Overthinking is a byproduct of trying to control. The "human" part of our being believes that we can think our way to safety and resolution when in fact, it is a combination of our left (thinking) brain and our right (intuitive/creative) brain that we form the best decisions and conclusions for our …

Meditation

WALSH: Christians In The East Lose Their Lives, But Christians In The West Are Losing Their Souls

I was recently invited to attend and give a reflection at a prayer vigil for persecuted Christians, hosted by a church in Maryland. The church was …

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.<p>Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.<p>Woodard mapped …

Black History

Album Review: WAGE WAR Deadweight (with Full Album Stream)

Wage War's new album, Deadweight, is a great display of the power that metalcore still has today.The post Album Review: WAGE WAR <i>Deadweight</i> (with Full …

Heavy Metal

Misfits, Glenn Danzig to Reunite Again for Los Angeles Concert

"No tour, no BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books," Glenn Danzig says of only 2017</b> …

Entertainment

Defending the Accuracy of Scripture, One Coincidence at a Time

How the Bible’s little details can pack a big apologetic punch. Asked whether it is rational to believe that Jesus rose from the dead, many of us …

Christianity

Greg Boyd’s Problem with God

What Greg Boyd thinks is a problem — the Cruciformity of God in Christ vs. the Warrior God of some Old Testament passages — others think is not a …

Theology

Black Sabbath's Bill Ward: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums

Drummer shouts out classics including Metallica's Black Album and Type O Negative's 'October Rust'<p>When Black Sabbath's Bill Ward learned that 1970's</i> …

Rock Music

Best Death Metal Album of Each Year Since 1985

We know your first thought when seeing this list was whether Possessed's <i>Seven Churches</i> or Death's <i>Scream Bloody Gore</i> is the first true death metal …

Death Metal

‘Despacito’ and the Revenge of Reggaeton

The first Spanish-language U.S. No. 1 hit since “Macarena” sees Justin Bieber jumping on a music style of fraught racial lineage in Latin America.<p>The last time a song sung primarily in Spanish hit No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts was in 1996, with Los Del Rio’s “Macarena.” Now, that dance-craze-causer …

Luis Fonsi

4 Seriously Underrated Ab Exercises

Landmine Squat to 1-Arm Twist and Press<p>“Both the landmine squat and the landmine overhead press require the core muscles to create stability,” says …

What The World Listened To Most In 2016

Yesterday, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry released its annual "Global Music Report," a close, numbers-focused breakdown of how the mainstream recording industry is faring economically. (You can read our analysis here.)<p>Often overlooked in coverage of the report — the irony …

Music Industry

The Best Metal on Bandcamp: April 2017

This month’s roundup of the best metal on Bandcamp includes an essential remaster of an underground classic, the triumphant return of unsung New …

Judas Priest

8 Sins You Commit Whenever You Look at Porn

We know that pornography is an ugly and harmful sin. We know that those who indulge in porn have committed the sin of lust, but there is so much more …

Theology

In China, Unregistered Churches Are Driving a Religious Revolution

“The government won’t approve it, but the question is if they’ll shut it down.”<p>China, the world’s rising superpower, is experiencing an explosion of faith. The decades of anti-religious campaigns that followed the 1949 communist takeover are giving way to a spiritual transformation—and among the …

Faith

The Only Core Workout You’ll Ever Need

Single-Leg Hip Bridge<p><b>Core Focus:</b> <i>Glutes, Adductors</i><p>Lie faceup with knees bent, feet planted on floor near butt, arms out to sides on floor with palms …

Health

Best Metal Albums of 2017 (So Far)

With each passing year, hundreds and hundreds of metal albums are committed to the genre's ever-lasting legacy. While the legends who birthed the …

Albums

3 Things I Learned Filming “Is Genesis History?”

<i>This sponsored post is provided by Thomas Purifoy Jr on behalf of Is Genesis History. Today the full documentary releases on streaming, download, &</i> …

Theology

Why I am bullish on Christianity (yes, you read that correctly)

When atheists claim there is no evidence for Christianity, I disagree.<p>When liberal theologians assert there are many paths to heaven, I object.<p>When young people say God isn’t relevant in the 21st century, I beg to differ.<p>When analysts predict the decline of the evangelical church, I roll my …

Heretoir's Melancholy Atmospheric Black Metal Offers Solace in Troubled Times

Stream the German black metal/shoegaze/post-rock hybrid's new album, 'The Circle' (out March 24 via Northern Silence)<p>I've written before about the necessity of beautiful music in times of strife and darkness, and have a feeling that I'll be doing a lot more of it in the coming years. Music has …

Black Metal

CNN religion quiz needs to take Christianity seriously

In what has become an annual tradition of television programming claiming to reveal the real Jesus of Nazareth, it seems that CNN is off to an early start. Every Easter season, cable networks fill their lineups with specials featuring biblical and historical experts who often represent only the …

Faith

‘Grace Alone’: Luther Nails It

A Protestant responds to Catholic critiques of ‘Grace Alone.’ Bishop Barron’s critique of the Reformation doctrine of <i>sola gratia</i> raises many …

Theology

4 Step Guide to Letting Go of the Past

We’re constantly struggling with the past, in so many ways:<p>Mistakes we’ve made that we regret or that make us feel bad about ourselves<br>• Anger about …

Mindfulness

Reign in Blood: The Taxonomy of Thrash Metal

Welcome back to our Taxonomy series, where we break down umbrella genres like progressive metal, post rock and doom metal and outline all of the …

Rock Music

2 Stories That Will Make You Stop and Rethink Your Life

You have an endless well of untapped potential within you, just sitting dormant.<p>A young man once approached Socrates and asked the philosopher how he could acquire wisdom and knowledge.<p>"Follow me," Socrates said in response, as he led the young man down to the sea. The young man followed as …

Self-improvement

5 Ways Porn Lies To You

There’s a lot of porn in the world. When I first began to write the articles that would become <i>Sexual Detox</i>, this sin was still lurking in the …

Evangelical Christianity

20 Things My Dad Wishes Someone Had Told Him in His 20s

Your 20s is a constant battle between thinking you have it all figured out and life giving you a harsh reality check. It's a period of trial and error, but it can also be one of the most fun decades. Much of my life knowledge is from my dad, who's filled with never-ending lessons. Though he's …

Inside the Best Zombie Movie Since ‘28 Days Later’

‘The Girl with All the Gifts,’ in theaters Feb. 24, is a new U.K. zombie flick that will absolutely blow you away.<p>Naughty Dog’s PlayStation title <i>The</i> …

Danny Boyle

10 Best Metal Albums of 2007

When compiling candidates for the 10 Best Metal Albums of 2007, we were overwhelmed by how many incredible, lasting albums the year produced. After a …

Guitar