Blind City Planner

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City of God and City of Man. this landscape suggests a few things the city planners don’t understand. Cities have a way of wrapping you in sinking you deeper and deeper each day as your roots are severed from flesh and blood and the rawness of rural life. We faint at the realities of life. [...]

Screwtape Writes Again: The Luciferian Laptop

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My Dear Wormwood: Your new charge is a seminary student, a young man of twenty-eight years of age, with plenty of idealism, but little experience or knowledge of the Bible or of his own soul. Make note of that! You know how our Father Below loves ignorance and reckless enthusiasm. The propaganda on the other [...]

J. Ellsworth Kalas’ “Preaching in an Age of Distraction”: A Review

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Preaching in an Age of Distraction, by J. Ellsworth Kalas. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2014. 165 pages. As the title and the chapter on “Naming the Age” indicate, Ellsworth Kalas, who teaches homiletics at Asbury Seminary, regards ours as an age characterized by distraction.  Somewhat surprisingly, however, he is eager to indicate that distraction is not new: [...]

Girl with a Gadget

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Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s A Young Girl Reading (1776) resides in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and is perhaps one of the most familiar paintings of a girl reading coming to us from the eighteenth century. When it was painted America was in revolt and France was on the verge of doing so. Despite [...]

3 Poems: Life on a Wind Farm

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Under the Turbines Infants and toddlers cannot speak and even pre-teens may not have the vocabulary to describe the unprecedented symptoms they suffer   Teenagers can tell you more— they are developing a lexicon for suffering They are beginning to see that life is unfair and full of strife   and even if they sometimes [...]

Together Apart

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A few years ago, AT&T launched an ad campaign for its mobile phone services. In it, a business traveler checks into a stark and lifeless motel room. He sits alone on the bed, dejected and lonely. The ad then cuts to him sitting in an airport after his flight has been delayed. A close-up of [...]

Steve Turner’s “Popcultured”: A Review

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Steve Turner, in Popcultured: Thinking Christianly About Style, Media and Entertainment, takes on the daunting task of exploring the relationship Christianity ought to have with popular culture. Turner is addressing the stream of thought within Christendom that separates Christianity and popular culture. This book is not a theological treatise or a doctrinal handbook, “but it’s essentially [...]

How the Christian Media Industry Made “Bible” into a Category Instead of a Proper Name

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Tonight, after dinner, baths, and a lot of screaming, my wife and I will settle down next to our toddlers and attempt to inculcate them into the Christian mythos telling them the stories of Abraham, Rahab, Paul, Silas, and the rest. Sometimes we read from our own leather-bound Bibles, but most nights we use books [...]

Surveiller

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Busy signals signals flicker under oath you throw blanket over both the truth and lies that you’ve huddled together in a mess of wires emitting sparks which scatter that across the world.   (Photo credit: takomabibelot)

The Betrayal by Technology: A Portrait of Jacques Ellul

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Editor’s Note: The Betrayal by Technology, a Portrait of Jacques Ellul is an hour long interview with the French theologian and sociologist, Jacques Ellul, produced by ReRun Productions. Released in 1996, the interview touches on several of the main themes of Ellul’s body of work, including the technological society, the problems technique poses to ethics, and Ellul’s [...]