Johnny Cash “Redemption”

Johnny’s stark and beautiful faith makes him one of the great Christian artists of the 20th century. In a century in which Christian art was at low ebb, Johnny was a powerful witness.

He wrote “Redemption” for American Recordings, the first of a series of albums recorded at the end of his life that gave us Cash stripped down to the pure essence of his sound.

Here’s Johnny on his music:

“I love songs about horses, railroads, land, judgment day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And mother. And God.”

Two Prayer Requests

Blogging has been light this week because we’ve been dealing with a serious injury in my family. We’ve turned a corner and the worst may be behind us, but please pray for continued healing and for a special intention.

Second, please keep Mark Shea’s mom in your prayers. She’s facing stage 3 lung cancer, and that means a long, hard–but ultimately grace-filled–road ahead for the Sheas. I went through the same thing last summer, and it takes a lot out of you, but it also provides moments of startling, terrible beauty. May the Holy Spirit be at their side on this journey.