The Best of Opus

A sampling of Opus’ finest content from throughout the years, hand-picked for your entertainment, education, and edification.

Rain Temple

My Favorite Songs of 2016

2016 sucked in many ways. But there was beautiful music to be heard in the midst of the year’s ugliness.
Darth Vader

The Perils (and Positives) of Politicizing Pop Culture

Pop culture nerdery won’t save the union but it could help us understand each other a little better.
Stranger Things, Lights

What might happen in season two of Stranger Things?

Also, some more thoughts about why, exactly, the show is so powerful and endearing for me.
Worship

The Church Needs Music That’s More Than Just “Positive and Encouraging”

If the Bible has room for Job, Psalm 88, and Lamentations, then the Church’s music should have room for such content, too.
DC Talk

Youth Group Nostalgia Can Be Bittersweet

As I’ve heard more stories from folks my age about their church experiences, I realize how fortunate I was as a kid.
Richard Hawley

My Favorite Songs of 2015, Part 5: Honorable Mentions

These songs may not have been in my top picks but they still deserve notice in their own right.
Sufjan Stevens

My Favorite Songs of 2015, Part 4: Noah, Pure Bathing Culture, RAIJ, The Soft Moon, Sufjan Stevens & U.S. Girls

Sleepy trip-hop, atmospheric indie-electronic, religious experimental folk, harrowing post-punk/EBM, mournful folk & experimental electronic rock.
Kendrick Lamar

My Favorite Songs of 2015, Part 3: Kendrick Lamar, Lightning Bug, Luxury, Makeup & Vanity Set, mewithoutYou & Native Lights

Incendiary hip-hop, soaring shoegaze, aggressive indie-rock, poignant synth-wave, thought-provoking emo & atmospheric rock.
Eons D

My Favorite Songs of 2015, Part 2: Eons D, Carlos Forster, The Green Kingdom, Grimes, Holly Herndon & In Gowan Ring

Soulful hip-hop, lo-fi psychedelia, ambient dub, soaring electronic pop, abstract electronica, and otherworldly neo-folk.
Blackalicious

My Favorite Songs of 2015, Part 1: Alphaxone, Blackalicious, CFCF, Rob Clouth, Cold Showers & The Declining Winter

Ominous ambience, funky hip-hop, pan-global instrumentals, crushing electronica, elegant post-punk, and forlorn post-rock.
This Is The Healing

What would happen if a song like L.S.U.’s “G.G.G.” played on the radio?

If a song like this played on the radio today, it would result in outrage from multiple points on the cultural spectrum — though for different reasons.
Strawberries

Grace Is a Bowl of Strawberries

I can’t imagine food alternatives really stacking up to the simple-yet-sublime pleasures of freshly picked strawberries.

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