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 [...]

A Reader

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Take her, for instance, as she sits, her legs folded beneath her on the couch’s worn brown corduroy, presently transfixed by the window’s rainy striations and fingering absently the olive weave cover of the book on her lap, its pages splayed like a gaping mouth—can she realize she is its aspiration? See her lift her [...]

Elizabeth Drescher’s “Tweet If You [Heart] Jesus”: A Review

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Tweet If You [Heart] Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation, by Elizabeth Drescher. Harrisburg: Morehouse Publishing, 2011. 190 pages. The decline of American “mainline” Protestant denominations in the latter half of the 20th century is a well-documented phenomenon. Many explanations for the exodus have been given, with theories ranging from the appropriation of liberal [...]

How (Not) to Date Like Jesus

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Contrary to the claims of dozens of books found in Christian bookstores, or perhaps evidenced by those myriad books, the Bible does not include an instruction manual for dating like Jesus. One cannot imitate a celibate man if one wants to take steps in a road different from that of celibacy. Even the married exemplars [...]

Three Urban Psalms

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Urban Psalm 23 The Lord is my mentor—I want him to teach. He tells me to lie down with headphones unplugged. He leads me into anonymous streets. He eats when I eat. Even though I walk the hardened streets, I have no fear. I don’t even carry a rod for comfort. He likes my cap, [...]

“Her” & Artificial Immortality

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  Her is available on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow, May 13. View the trailer: Perhaps the most absurd scene in the movie “Her” is when Theodore and Samantha have what we’ll call, for lack of a better metaphor, “phone sex.”  This scene is actually the second of its kind in the film. The first, though, earns [...]