NF – Mansion, and the Meaninglessness of Chasing After Wind

It’s interesting what was once considered a mansion. This photo, for me, is a reminder of the ills of the exponentially growing expectation of the American dream. What was once thought a mansion, now looks almost average, and yet depression, chemical dependence (legal and illegal), and violent crime in our nation is not improving. It’s an image of the soul decay of serving at the foot of the idol of earthly riches. NF, the first Christian rapper to be signed by a major record label, Capitol Records, released this album cover today for his début album dropping March 31. You can see the video for the single here.

Great work by NF, presenting the collision of human reality and biblical truth in an unexpected medium.  I have been both of the people represented in the video, at both ends of the spectrum, and found depression at both ends. The answer only came when God opened my eyes to see that no matter what I had, or what I did, I was never going to have peace until I understood my purpose. The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.” He is what our souls are longing for. Until we understand that, we will continue be people who heap up possessions to fill our emptiness, or be those who are unsatisfied with life or feel insufficient because we can not keep up with the perceived success of others. Both paths lead to the same place.

Ecclesiastes 1:14  I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.


Matthew 6:19-22  Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!


Christian Idol?

Is Angie Miller the next in a developing lineage of American Idol Contemporary Christian music stars?

“You Set Me Free” is an original song written and performed by Angie Miller

It is no secret that American Idol has proven itself a breeding ground for highly successful pop stars and country music stars alike, but there may be a new trend growing. Last year Colton Dixon finished 7th on American Idol season 11. Dixon has gone on to release his debut album, A Messenger, which peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Christian & Gospel album charts, and #15 on Billboard’s Top Top 200.

“You Are” as performed by Colton Dixon and his sister Schyler

If you’ve been watching this season you already know there is another Contemporary Christian star being born. If you aren’t an Idol watcher, I want to call your attention to Angie Miller. Miller is currently a top 4 finalist on Idol Season 12. In her signature style, seated at the piano, Angie has been belting out faith based ballads for weeks. As Randy Jackson says, “Angie is in it to win it.”

Before her American Idol debut, Miller served as a lead singer in the worship band at Remix Church in Salem, MA. I find it dually exciting to see world class talents entering into the genre of Christian music, and to also see the American Idol stage exposing its millions of viewers to Christian performers each week.