Watch this if you need help understanding the new Tim Hortons cup sizes…

It was just a simple little question, really: What book has most influenced your life and thinking? 28 comments later, here is the result:

Desiring God, Revised Edition John Piper

Mere Christianity C. S. Lewis

Here We Stand!: A Call from Confessing Evangelicals for a Modern Reformation James Montgomery Boice and Benjamin E. Sasse

The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells

The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien


Lectures to My Students Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The Hero With a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky

The Pursuit of God A. W. Tozer

Chronicles of Narnia Box Set C S Lewis

Dynamics Of Spiritual Life Richard F. Lovelace

The Problem Of Pain C S Lewis

Pagan Christianity? Frank Viola, George Barna

The Naked Gospel Andrew Farley

One Thousand Gifts Ann Voskamp

The Gifts of Imperfection Brene Brown Ph.D.

Abba’s Child Brennan Manning

Let the Nations Be Glad! John Piper

Radical Reformission Mark Driscoll

Don’t Waste Your Sorrows Paul E. Billheimer

The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

Irresistible Revolution Shane Claiborne

Radical David Platt

A Tale of Three Kings Gene Edwards

The Screwtape Letters C S Lewis

Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond

The Holiness of God R. C. Sproul

Beyond Good and Evil Friedrich Nietzsche

Reason within the Bounds of Religion… Nicholas Wolterstoff

The Crucified God Jurgen Moltmann

The Doors of the Sea David Bentley Hart

Another B.S. Night In Suck City Nick Flynn

Joy and Grief at Christmas

Michael Krahn —  December 21, 2011 — 8 Comments

My sister lost a dear friend on the weekend. Eva Peters, her husband Bill, and their daughter Lilly were almost finished the long drive from Ontario to Alberta, where they were moving to work and live on a horse farm/resort.  This was a dream they’d had for some time but the opportunity had come as a surprise. So on fairly short notice,  they packed their stuff and left for a new life in another province.

The picture you see was taken last Friday night. That’s Eva on the left, my sister Tammy on the right. Bill and Eva and Lilly said their goodbyes and left on the long journey. On Sunday night, on a snowy road – just 20 or so kilometers from their new home – Eva lost control of the vehicle she was driving and went off the road and was killed.

She was just 31-years-old…

Many in our church community are grieving. Eva was dear to us, Bill was one of our elders. The funeral is Saturday – the day before Christmas, so as you can imagine there are a lot of mixed emotions here.

Here is a song I came across yesterday that’s fits the occasion, sung by one of my favorite singers and writers, Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls.

There’s Still My Joy

I took my tree down to the shore
The garland, and the silver star
To find my peace, and grieve no more
To heal this place inside my heart

On every branch I laid some bread
And hungry birds filled up the sky
They rang like bells around my head
They sang my spirit back to life

One tiny child can change the world
One shining light can show the way
Through all my tears, for what I’ve lost
There’s still my joy
There’s still my joy
For Christmas day

The snow comes down on empty sand
There’s tinsel moonlight on the waves
My soul was lost, but here I am
So this must be amazing grace

One tiny child can change the world
One shining light can show the way
Beyond these tears for what I’ve lost
There’s still my joy
There’s still my joy
For Christmas day
There’s still my joy for Christmas day

John Piper’s newest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, is now available. Earlier this year his publisher traveled with him to his hometown of Greenville, SC to revisit the world in which he grew up. This 18-minute documentary takes us through his experience of racism in the 1960’s American South.

This is a really touching documentary and even if you don’t agree with his Christian perspective on the world, it is still worth watching:

Bloodlines Documentary with John Piper from Crossway on Vimeo.

Order the book online, or call 888.346.4700 between 9:00 and 5:00 (CDT), Monday to Friday.

Get a free download of the Introduction [PDF].

Lovers on the Edges of the Twilight…
August 29 is the release date! The album will be available online and on CD for you to buy. I’m really proud of the work Deni Gauthier and I have done on this album and I know you’re going to like it too.

Download a pre-mastered track from the album here

This is a picture I took during a visit to Chicago earlier this year. This is a dubious distinction but this is the very corner on which the finale of the latest Transformers movie takes place. I KNOW – you are impressed.

Live performances…
If you’re interested in booking a show, contact me here. Full band show to solo acoustic set – the rates are reasonable and the show will be good!   We’ll play in back yards, parking lots, living rooms, churches and anywhere else there’s a few people willing to listen. Here’s a little bit of what you can expect in concert… watch Michael Krahn & Band – “The Love Song (live)”

The Weight of Glory…
It’s been a decade already since I released “The Weight of Glory” and I still think it sounds pretty good. You can listen to samples buy it on iTunes by clicking here.

I can’t stop looking at this painting by local artist Nik Harron called “A Field Remembers The Rain”. I contacted Nik and he’s going to allow me to use one of his paintings for a future album cover. Enjoy!

You can see more of Nik’s paintings here:

Here’s a first… I’ve never posted a recipe before, but we’re having some new friends over for supper tonight and this is always the meal I make for people the first time they visit.

(Serves 4)

1 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts cut into chunks

2 T oil

1/2 c chopped onion

1 clove minced garlic

2 c salsa
Herdez brand is my favorite. Hot if your guests can handle it, medium if not

1/2 c water

1/4 c currants or raisins
I prefer raisins and put at least 1/2 c in

2 T honey
Use a bit more to sweeten it up a bit

1 1/2 t cumin

1 t cinnamon

1/2 c toasted slivered almonds

Brown chicken chunks in oil; place in baking dish.

Saute onion & garlic; spoon over chicken.

Combine salsa, water, currants/raisins, honey, & spices. Pour over chicken.

Cover & bake 1 hr at 325 F. Sprinkle with almonds.

Serve over rice (mixed with black beans)

The Heckler

Michael Krahn —  August 4, 2011 — 1 Comment

Today’s bit of wisdom from Seth Godin:

If you engage with the heckler, if you qualify yourself, justify yourself or worst of all, rationalize yourself, the heckler will pounce, turning a small wedge into a giant hole. Like a standup comedian, it’s almost impossible to outwit or shut down a dedicated heckler.

But there is a strategy that works. Acknowledge and move on.

When the heckler announces that you’re incompetent, unqualified or hardly ready to step forward, think, “oh.” And then proceed.

You give it no purchase. No opportunity to escalate. Each jibe is met with “noted.”

Over time, the heckler gets quieter, because it just isn’t worth the effort.

Read more here.


My new album “Lovers on the Edges of the Twilight” is almost done… info here: Get the previous album “The Weight of Glory” here:

Some of the best songs ever written have as their source an overwhelming sense of regret. Bill Mallonee writes these songs with the best of them. Here’s a new one he just wrote and recorded that’s available for purchase as part of a re-issue of the EP “Electromeo“. The entire EP is well worth the $5 asking price.

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“Life I Never Lived” by Bill Mallonee

Look at al the goodwill i retracted
Look at that deck of cards and how i stacked it
Look at all that fear and how i masked it
look at the life i never lived
look at the life i never lived

Look at all once mistook for wealth
Look at all those gifts i put back on the shelf
Look at all the slack i cut myself
look at that life i never lived
look at that life i never lived

Playback all the harsh words i spoke
Take note on how i squashed some hope
look at all those tender hearts i broke
look at the life i never lived
look at the life i never lived

Look at all the houses i tore down
Look at all the smiles i turned to frowns
Look at all the roads that just went round & round
look at the life i never lived
look at the life i never lived

Look at all the good i failed to see
Look at all i failed to do for Thee
look at what i might one day have been
look at the life i never lived
look at the life i never lived
look at the life, look at the life
look at the life i never lived

Just booked another gig playing at the Sweetcorn Festival in Aylmer on August 20th. The Facebook page for the event is here: