The Screwtape Letters Continued: Technological Progress

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My Dear Wormwood: We have succeeded in convincing the vermin that technological progress is the same as moral progress. Our old enemy, that Oxford don, even gave it a name: “chronological snobbery”—or, what is new is good, since it is more “advanced,” “modern,” “up to date,” and so on.  But that old character, who coined […]

On Entrapment In a Media Era

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Ours is a world of gorging Half blind. Looks alright, take a bite, Leave it behind. Fast paced, So little time to taste, Seeking sustenance- “Was that a crumb That fed me well? But with no permanence…” Gnawing- (How did we get here?) On a pig’s ear. Satiated- (Are we mad?) Yet strangely under-fed. Frustrated- […]

Jana Marguerite Bennett’s “Aquinas on the Web?”: A Review

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Jana Marguerite Bennett, Aquinas on the Web? Doing Theology in an Internet Age, New York: T&T Clark, 2012, 200 pages, $37.20. Like Jesus’ critics who wondered, “Can anything good come out of Galilee?” I often wonder, “Can anything good come out of Ohio?”  But a recent book, Aquinas on the Web? Doing Theology in an […]

The Imminent Decline of Contemporary Worship Music: Eight Reasons

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By imminent decline of contemporary worship music, I do not mean imminent disappearance. Commercial forces have too substantial an interest to permit contemporary worship music to disappear entirely; and human beings are creatures of habit who do not adapt to change quickly. I do not predict, therefore, a disappearance of contemporary worship music, sooner or later. […]

Andrew Byers’ “TheoMedia: The Media of God in a Digital Age”: A Review

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Andrew Byers, TheoMedia: The Media of God in a Digital Age, Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2013, 252 pages, $25.20. Andrew Byers serves as the Chaplain at St. Mary’s College, Durham University, England. As a Theological Consultant for Codec Institute at St. John’s College, Durham University, he has explored many of the issues addressed in TheoMedia: The […]

Adagio for Skin

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  Little man behind the podium I think I know where you’re coming from; but all of your dead philosophy is vanity of vanities. I know the dark night of the soul – the bitter, existential cold; but I’ve been clothed in righteousness, and no dress can compete with this. Your progress is a fallacy. […]

The Word Without Flesh: An Ethical Evaluation of Digital Media in Multi-Site Worship

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It is not news to anyone that digital media use is a prominent characteristic of 21st century living. It is also not news to anyone that the American church is regrettably quick to fall in line with cultural whims (being all things to all people while remaining in the world but not of it is […]

Mary Poplin’s “Is Reality Secular?”: A Review

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Mary Poplin, Is Reality Secular? Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews, Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013, 320 pages, $15.88. “What is truth?” Pontius Pilate asked that question during the trial of Jesus (John 18:38). The quest for truth has been a part of humanity’s journey through time. The ancient Greeks debated the idea […]

Are TED Talks the New Sermon?

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The digital age is invading our society like the army of locusts in Joel’s ambiguous prophecy (Joel 2:1-17). We have been ushered into a world of bits, bytes, data, and meta-data. Our interpersonal interactions are changing, our businesses are changing, and even the wiring of our brain is changing (Carr, Jackson, Brynjolfsson). “Media is now […]

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. […]