Author: T. David Gordon

T. David Gordon is Professor of Religion and Greek at Grove City College, where since 1999 he has taught courses in Religion, Greek, Humanities, and Media Ecology. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He is the author of Why Johnny Can’t Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messengers and Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Re-Wrote the Hymnal. His personal website is He lives in Grove City, PA, with his wife Dianne, and daughters Grace and Dabney (and innumerable cats).

The 12 Golden Rules of Email Courtesy

An obscure twentieth-century physicist named Albert Einstein said:  “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”  Our technologies now develop faster than our ability to think about their humane or courteous use.  Before we can assess the impact of the iPod, the iPhone appears; and before we can assess the iPhone, […]

The Imminent Decline of Contemporary Worship Music: Eight Reasons

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. […]

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

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: […]

The Problem with Praise Teams

There has been a good deal of discussion recently about the Praise Team/Praise Band phenomenon, a phenomenon that has become a liturgical commonplace.  Most of that discussion has centered around the practical issues of the expense, the placement of the instruments (front, side, back?), the adjusting of the volume, etc.  Many of us regard that […]