There isn’t a moment in my life that I don’t recall Rush Limbaugh being part of the soundtrack. It seemed like he was always on, somewhere. Growing up in the rural midwest, I spent most of my summers in trucks and tractors, by myself, for 10 hours a day. I’d start my day out listening to my favorite morning show on a rock radio station in Kansas City, and then around lunchtime, I’d switch over to AM and try to find one of the many stations that carried The Rush Limbaugh Show. …


Chuck and Daniel, November 2018

This is the second part of my conversation with Daniel Hill. We continue to discuss whiteness, the sickness of racism, and the complicity of the church, and he minces no words when it comes to his own experience of writing White Awake and continuing on this journey of reconciliation work.

“I think it’s really important that the attitude is marked with humility,” Hill says of white brothers and sisters on this journey. …


Around the time when I interviewed Jemar Tisby, I also had the opportunity to sit down with Daniel Hill, an author, pastor, and church planter from Chicago. While he was in New York City, we grabbed a few minutes to talk about whiteness and Christianity, something he is very familiar with, both personally and professionally. Like the one-on-one with Jemar, this conversation was recorded in the fall of 2018 and is not just seeing the light of day. …


Jemar Tisby and Chuck Armstrong
Chuck and Jemar, November 2018

In this second part of my interview with Jemar Tisby—which took place in the fall of 2018—the author, CEO, podcast host, and historian gets real about what it means to care about racial justice, and what his experience has been like in the American church.

“I do lose confidence in individual Christians and individual people,” he says, “and I say that out of experience. I’ve experienced betrayal. I’ve experienced the silence of people who have said they’re allies … this has taught me to be cautious. …


JemarTisby.com

In the fall of 2018, I had the chance to sit down with Jemar Tisby to discuss his work around the history of racism in the United States of America and the church’s complicity in that history. This conversation took place a few months before The Color of Compromise hit the streets, and while that book has now become a New York Times bestseller, it was only on pre-order when we talked.

Though this interaction took place two years ago, the sad and unfortunate reality is that Tisby’s words are just as challenging and convicting today in 2020 as they…


I had the immense privilege of sitting with Dr. Gregory Thornbury and chatting about the life and legacy of Larry Norman, the universally-agreed-upon Father of Christian Rock. The story of Larry Norman is wonderfully and mesmerizingly captured in Thornbury’s new book, Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?: Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock, out now via Convergent Books.

The interview was for The Gospel Coalition, and the published piece captures some of the best moments of our conversation. …


“Religion, as I am using the word, is a systematic and practical attempt by human beings to find meaning in the world and their place in it, in terms of their relationship to something transcendent” (Crane, 6).

So writes Tim Crane in The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View. The title is a dead giveaway for what is found in the pages; it’s a brief treatise on religion — why people believe and why religion needs to be taken seriously. Crane graciously and eloquently interacts with and critiques New Atheism and their inadequate view of religion…


Credit: Pearl Rachinsky

It sounds banal, but every once in awhile you hear a song that stops you in your tracks. When it starts, you can’t help but cease operations and stand still, focusing on the music, on the lyrics, on the entire listening experience.

Many of us know what it means to be moved by music, and I can’t remember the last time I was moved as much as when I first heard a track from Tulsa, Oklahoma’s John Moreland.

A couple of years ago, I had the distinct privilege of sharing the world premiere of Moreland’s “Heart’s Too Heavy,” the first…


ATO Records

Three years ago, Stereogum went on record calling Drive-By Truckers “the greatest extant American rock and roll band,” and even when compared to now-defunct acts like Big Star or Sonic Youth, the site argues they’d still make the Top Ten. When you look at the band’s body of work — including the albums released since Stereogum made that statement, like English Oceans and the massive live set, It’s Great to Be Alive — it’s hard to disagree.

Now in 2016, the Athens-born, Alabama-bred rockers are celebrating their 20th year of existence while preparing for the release of their eleventh studio…


My first experience in the world of radio, like many, was at college. As a sophomore at Kansas State University, I was still unsure of what I wanted to do with my life. Then one day I ran into a table at the student union for The Wildcat 91.9, the non-commercial radio station for the school, and I instantly fell in love. It didn’t take long before I had a weekly “specialty show” — specialty because it aired Tuesdays from midnight-2AM — that featured everything from Steve Earle to Cattle Decapitation. …

Chuck Armstrong

Pastor. Writer. Hell’s Kitchen.

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