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The crossroads, sobriety, and the grave

By Steve Beard Despite being a monumental influence on contemporary music, most people outside the small fraternity of blues aficionados have never even heard of Robert Johnson (1911-1938). As a matter of fact, it was not until 70 years after his death that he was...

The kitschy Wesley

By Steve Beard Several years ago, I spoke at a retreat for the fun-loving students and staff of the University of Kentucky Wesley Foundation. The gathering was held at picturesque Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. On the first night, Dr. George Freeman invited us to...