This week I ordered my ticket for the Over the Rhine concert in Philly on November 1st. I first saw OTR last December at the Theater of the Living Arts and was very impressed. The show in November is at World Cafe Live. I can’t wait. Their new album comes out next week.

Ordering my ticket made me wonder about the best concert I’ve ever been to. I would have to say it was the Sufjans Stevens show last September at the Tower Theater. After the concert my wife put her finger on what made this show so good. She said, “Sufjan’s music reflects that there is both beauty and brokenness in the world.” I agree (always a wise decision). His music and the whole experience of the concert had a way of bringing me on this tension of beauty and brokenness, a tension I know from the world around me and also within myself. They are also realities I’m being confronted with this week as I prepare to preach on the Fall from Genesis 3.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to and why?

The conversation continues…