Shut up and sing.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

– Colossians 3:23-24, NIV

On one level, this is a damning critique of critiquing culture through the lens of feminism.

When you think of art not as an expression of culture or an examination of human nature but as a means to an ideological end, you risk creating a cultural experience in which you have closed yourself off to a broad swathe of the human experience.

Now read that again, and apply it to “Christian music”. Why has Christianity become sidelined in today’s culture? Because sometime long ago, we decided we’d rather (literally) preach to the choir than preach to the lost. There is no such thing as “Christian music”, anymore than there is “Communist music”. There is music that is good music, and music that is propaganda.

The fact is, unless we’re monks in an abbey, most of our life is spent in the world. When I made my living as a photographer, I wrestled with how to express my faith in art for years. I finally came to the same conclusion that the Apostle Paul did, namely, shut up and live your life for the Lord, and the rest will take care of itself.

There is no such thing as Christian music, because a melody can’t be a Christian, only a songwriter can. There’s no such thing as Christian art, because a canvas can’t be filled with the Spirit of the living God, only a painter can.

When I stopped worrying about HOW to take a “Christian Photograph” and just concentrated on making good photographs, I ended up satisfying both my Savior and my creative soul.

Why, it’s almost as if God made us to praise with our entire lives, and not just the stuff we do in church, or something.


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September 29th, 2015 by exurbankevin

Local Boy Makes It To The Big Time

Four guys were hanging around a coffee shop on a Saturday morning in 2006, solving all the world’s problems in just a few hours. We’d known each other from college, and all of us shared a passion for technology, Christ, our families, and our country.

Oh, and Salma Hayek. Her too.

We decided to start a blog to let the world know we’ve solved everything that ails it, and the rest, as they say, is history. Two of the guys from the coffee shop made a few posts and then never wrote again, and a fifth friend joined in as well, but two of the guys wrote often, and started to get some notoriety for what they wrote.

Now one of those two guys is the editor-in-chief of

Congratulations, Ex(urban)Jon.

On a related note, I think I’m going to begin powering down this part of the blog and move my political rants to the member feed of Ricochet. I believe in their model, and it’s time to support it with money and content. I’d encourage everyone reading to join Ricochet, it truly is a unique outpost of civility in the ever-increasing vulgar wasteland of the ‘net. Other things working against keeping up the blog is that I’m not wired in to the local scene like I was in Arizona, and I’m just not as motivated to write about politics as I was in 2008. The gunblog will continue, but it will be moved to the domain and spun off on it’s own.

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September 26th, 2015 by KevinC

This day, we fight.


Hold your ground! Hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers, I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day.
An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day!

This day we fight!!

By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!!!

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September 11th, 2015 by exurbankevin

Todos ellos se parecen a él

Apparently, Donald Trump doesn’t know a whole lot about foreign policy. I, for one, am shocked that a narcissistic Manhattan real estate mogul can’t be bothered to learn the very basics of the world outside of the Five Boroughs before running for President.

Or, you know, not.

HH: All right, last question, I want to go back to the beginning, because I really do disagree with you on the gotcha question thing, Donald Trump. At the debate, I may bring up Nasrallah being with Hezbollah, and al-Julani being with al-Nusra, and al-Masri being with Hamas. Do you think if I ask people to talk about those three things, and the differences, that that’s a gotcha question?

DT: Yes, I do. I totally do. I think it’s ridiculous.

If you’re running for President and don’t know the difference between the Shia Hezbollah and the Sunni Hamas, you’re not a serious candidate. This isn’t a “gotcha” question, this is Foreign Policy 101. Heck, this is Remedial Foreign Policy 090. This sort of thing makes me wonder if he knows the difference between, say, a 24 year old campesíno coming here from Guatemala to do landscaping work, and a 19 year old chollo from the Knights Templar coming here for far more devious purposes.

As a LEGAL immigrant, I am 100% against illegal immigration, far more so than any native-born citizen of the U.S. can possibly be.

But I’ve also been to the slums of Tijuana, Desamparados and Guayaquil. I’ve seen what poverty is like in Latin America with my own eyes, and let me tell you, the most wretched people in the U.S. live like frickin’ KINGS compared to the poorest people in Ecuador. It’s only natural, therefore, that those people would want to get out of the hell out of there and make something more of their lives. We are a beacon of hope for the free world, a place where, if you play by the rules and work hard, you get to live the American Dream.

Let’s act like it, ok?


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September 4th, 2015 by KevinC

Is this a head desk or a face palm

Or maybe both?

Left-leaning “news explanation” site Vox has trouble differentiating between the National Rifle Association, the largest firearms safety training organization in the world, and the National Recovery Act, a ruthless system of wage and price controls created to help introduce socialism into the U.S.


Note to Vox: Guns and butter is just a metaphor.

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August 27th, 2015 by exurbankevin

Well there goes the narrative

Turns out the shooter in Virginia was a straight white guy hell-bent on starting a race war because of the riots in Ferguson.

Wait, no, that’s not what I meant. He was a gay black man who wanted to start a race war because of the shooting in Charleston.

“What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”

It is unclear whose initials he is referring to. He continues, “As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!” He said Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act.

Later in the manifesto, the writer quotes the Virginia Tech mass killer, Seung Hui Cho, and calls him “his boy,” and expresses admiration for the Columbine High School killers. “Also, I was influenced by Seung–Hui Cho. That’s my boy right there. He got NEARLY double the amount that Eric Harris and Dylann Klebold got…just sayin’…

–He says has suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work. –He says he has been attacked by black men and white females. – He talks about how he was attacked for being a gay, black man.

And he lost his job to a woman, so you can’t blame sexism, either.

What, then, is a poor liberal to blame for such a horror? Why, the gun, of course.

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What they lack in effectiveness, they make up for with consistency.


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August 26th, 2015 by exurbankevin

Quote of the Day, 8/8 Edition

“Trump’s candidacy is a reminder that our opponents on the left do NOT have a monopoly on low information voters.”

– “Last Flack Standing

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August 8th, 2015 by KevinC

EPA Announces New Regulations Designed to Halt Invasive Washington Press Corps

The Environmental Protection Agency has rolled out extensive new regulations to stop the spread of the free press in order to stop it before it becomes a danger to the Washington, D.C. ecosphere.

“We need to look at the lifecycle of the press corps in terms of how it interacts with the other parts of the ecology here in our nation’s capitol,” said EPA Assistant Deputy Undersecretary for Political Pest Control Dee Deetee. “Clearly, right now, having a press corps that asks questions and threatens the status quo is unhealthy and unsustainable to the power structure in Washington, so every effort must be made to disrupt their hunting grounds and keep them from spreading to close to important power centers within Washington.”

Ms DeeTee stressed that these tough new controls on the press are only limited to certain areas of Washington, and that the press would be free to roam around unfettered asking questions about Marco Rubio’s boat payments and Scott Walker’s sweaters.

“It’s about balance,” she said. “Where Scott Walker buys his clothes is of equal importance to the long-term sustainability of both the EPA and Washington as a whole than such trivial matters as who killed who in Benghazi. We need to look at the bigger picture here, and what we, as the EPA, can do to prevent the spread of questions to places where they’re unwanted and un-called for.”

Reports that the IRS is underwriting the cost of this new effort remain unconfirmed at this time.

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July 5th, 2015 by exurbankevin

Happy 4th of July

One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands.

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July 4th, 2015 by exurbankevin

Only Nixon can go to China, and only a Republican can clean up military procurement.

There’s a new report out from a former F-35 test pilot, blasting the military’s latest and “greatest” jet fighter’s ability to do, well, anything.

The F-35 jockey tried to target the F-16 with the stealth jet’s 25-millimeter cannon, but the smaller F-16 easily dodged. “Instead of catching the bandit off-guard by rapidly pull aft to achieve lead, the nose rate was slow, allowing him to easily time his jink prior to a gun solution,” the JSF pilot complained.

And when the pilot of the F-16 turned the tables on the F-35, maneuvering to put the stealth plane in his own gunsight, the JSF jockey found he couldn’t maneuver out of the way, owing to a “lack of nose rate.”

The F-35 pilot came right out and said it — if you’re flying a JSF, there’s no point in trying to get into a sustained, close turning battle with another fighter. “There were not compelling reasons to fight in this region.” God help you if the enemy surprises you and you have no choice but to turn.

These results should come as no shock to anyone remotely familiar with past attempts to create a “one size fits all” fighter for America’s military. 50 years ago, Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy’s Defense Secretary, decided to combine the Air Force’s requirement for a long-range strike aircraft with the Navy’s need for a fleet defense interceptor. The results were… less than optimal.

Excessive weight plagued the F-111B throughout its development. During the congressional hearings for the aircraft, Vice Admiral Thomas F. Connolly, then Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air Warfare, responded to a question from Senator John C. Stennis as to whether a more powerful engine would cure the aircraft’s woes, saying, “There isn’t enough power in all Christendom to make that airplane what we want!”

Shockingly, when you design a plane around a compromise, you get a plane that’s good at nothing and bad at everything.

This is just more one tale of woe in long string of military procurement failures that have happened in the past ten years. The Future Combat System was put out of our misery back in 2009 after the reality of Iraq and Afghanistan showed us that a heavy, well-armored combat force still had a vital role to play on today’s battlefield. The Littorral Combat Ship program has been dead in the water for years, with costs spiraling out of control and a mission that has yet to be defined. And the Army has spent decades deciding whether it wants to buy a new rifle or not, with millions of dollars of money spent on chasing an elusive dream.

Enough. It’s time to bring some sanity to how we buy weapons for our military, and only the Republicans are up to the task. Caspar Weinberger cancelled the Sgt. York anti-aircraft gun AND the RAH-66 Comanche. The fact is, the military needs some tough love, and it has to come from someone who loves the military and wants it to stay strong, not from someone who can’t pronounce the word “corpsman” correctly or who can’t tell the difference between a Russian ship and an American ship. Republicans need to show their commitment to fiscal sanity by demanding sanity from ALL branches of government, including the military.

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July 3rd, 2015 by exurbankevin