Spring 2021 Contemporary Holiness Playlist

For 2021’s spring playlist, I thought it would be fun to round up some of my favorite Contemporary Christian songs.

Some of the songs on this playlist are by artists who identify as believers in the Christian faith and/or grew up in a religious household. Other songs on this playlist are purely rooted in holiness based on my personal interpretation of them.

Since it is Holy Week and COVID-19 is still lingering, I’m unable to go to church for Palm Sunday, Good Friday, or Easter for the second year in a row, so I will be blasting this playlist all week!

I chose 13 songs to represent the 12 disciples plus Jesus. I hope this playlist is enjoyable for my fellow Christians and non-Christians alike.

1. Dark Matter (Hushed), Andrew Belle. Let’s get those demons in the form of black bears out of the way first.

2. Constellate, Fleurie. Shine in His light.

3. Holy Ground, Taylor Swift. This is where we stand.

4. Stranger Ways, Anberlin. “A little bit closer for finding the truth.”

5. Come Into This Light, From Indian Lakes. Feel His love.

6. Brand New Day, 21:03, J Moss. Keeping the faith everyday. Even during these unprecedented times.

7. I just need U. – Capital Kings Remix, TobyMac. Truly all you need in life to get by.

8. joy., for KING & COUNTRY. “Let it move you.”

9. Blessed, Hawksburn. A blessed dance party waiting to happen.

10. Be a King, Capital Kings. It only makes sense to treat yourself as royally as your Father treats you.

11. In And Out of Time – PHENOMENON Remix, Colton Dixon, Solomon Olds. What is time these days?

12. Balconies – Jorgen Odegard Remix, Paper Route. “Raise your arms and hold balconies of grace.”

13. Peace Song, Kye Kye. The tranquil end we long for.

Hope you have time to enjoy Holy Week with family!

Gallery Mondays: We CAN Coexist

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In the final minutes of the Canstruction NYC 2017 exhibit at Brookfield Place, I saw this amazing piece of can art called “We CAN Coexist”. I can’t stop thinking about it.

Created by RAND Engineering & Architecture, the piece symbolizes a rainbow of differences. From the Jewish star, to Yin and Yang and the Cross of Calvary, this rainbow promotes the idea that we can all function together as a society despite the fact that we may come from varying backgrounds. Isn’t it lovely how all these symbols can spell out the word “coexist”?

With all the hate crimes and terror attacks lately, “We CAN Coexist” really made me feel something. I’m used to seeing fun Canstruction pieces, as you saw in my post of the 2014 exhibit a few years back. I’m definitely glad I made time to see the 2017 exhibit, because pieces like this make you take a step back and think about how people are being treated unfairly just for being who they are.

Kudos, RAND Engineering & Architecture!

Learn more about Canstruction.

Selena Gomez Bindi Trouble

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I guess all isn’t fair in love and music.

On Sunday, April 14th, Selena Gomez took the stage at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards show to perform her new single “Come and Get It”. The song definitely caught me by surprise when I first heard it last week, with its Bollywood vibe. I can’t say it isn’t a catchy tune.

However, her performance that night stirred up much controversy in the Hindu community. Unfortunately Selena Gomez’s wearing of the Bindi, a traditional Hindu forehead decoration, is not sitting well with them.

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The Traditional Bindi

“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance. It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol. It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed. Selena should apologize and then she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions,” said Rajan Zed, leader of the Universal Society of Hinduism in an E! News article about the controversy. They’re demanding an apology from Selena Gomez.

A little harsh there, no?

I don’t necessarily think Selena did anything wrong. It’s art, and it should be appreciated for what it is. I’m sure she meant no harm in wearing the Bindi for her performance.

I personally would not have worn a Bindi for that kind of performance only because of my paranoia that something like this would happen. Instead, I’d wear some kind of Indian forehead jewelry. But then again, they might say something negative about that too.

Not to worry though. Britney Spears has her back. She wrote on Twitter:

“Wow @SelenaGomez… “Come & Get It” on the #mtvmovieawards was incredible! One of my favorite songs out there right now!”

A fan commented on the E! News article “Selena Gomez Bindi Controversy: Hindu Group Offended by Singer’s Forehead Decoration at MTV Movie Awards”,

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A good point is being made here. I don’t see any Catholics pointing figures at people who wear the Rosary and aren’t even of the Catholic faith. The Hindu community should seriously calm down about Selena!

Selena Gomez has not yet responded to the controversy.

In the mean time, check out the performance that started this mess!