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: […]

Steve Turner’s “Popcultured”: A Review

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 […]

Read Schuchardt to Speak at Christ Community Church as Part of #TrendingNow Series

Co-founder and chairman of Second Nature‘s editorial board Read Mercer Schuchardt will be speaking throughout the weekend of July 12th and 13th at Christ Community Church, a multi-site evangelical church in Illinois. Part of their summer “#TrendingNow: Christ & Culture” series, Schuchardt will be “analyzing the so-called ‘better quality of life’ provided by technology in the post-digital […]

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

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 […]

Trappists, Technology, and the Dictatorship of Relativism

Part seven in our Lenten series on technology and spirituality. This past weekend, I had the opportunity of leaving home for a retreat at a Trappist monastery, Mepkin Abbey. The monks, though they haven’t taken a vow of silence, speak only when necessary. They spend their time praying the liturgy of the hours, practicing lectio divina, […]

Reading List: Mass Mobs, Internet Inequality, and Big Ads

This week check out how much time you’ve wasted on Facebook, how not to get massively hacked, and read about the ‘likability’ of different sized internet ads. And if you missed it last week, be sure to check out Brett Robinson’s piece on what Apple is really selling: poetry, beauty, romance and meaning. Touching is […]

Reading List: Snowden in Russia, Tech Cultists, and the Lottocracy

Happy Monday! If you enjoyed our brief treatment of tech cultism last week, you’ll love the Verge’s long read on fanboys. We’ve also got some updates on Snowden staying in Russia, social media guidelines from the Church of England, and a proposal that we replace our elections with a lottery. Fanboys – The Verge “I’m […]

Getting the Gutenberg Bible Online

In 2012, the Vatican and the University of Oxford began a partnership to digitize over 1.5 million pages of biblical and medieval texts. The Polonsky Foundation, the group funding the digitization, recently released more details on the goals and scope of the project. The focus of the project will be three main groups of texts: […]

Media Ecology Is Already Christian: Why McLuhan Is What the Church Needs for the New Evangelization

During his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI made the new media an important part of his emphasis on the new evangelization. As part of his message for the 45th World Communications Day in 2011, the Holy Father pointed to the “radical changes taking place in communications” that “are not only changing the way we communicate, but […]

The Secular C.S. Lewis: Neil Postman’s Unlikely Influence on Evangelicals

He was basically a secular Jew, and I am basically a conservative Christian, but he taught me more than almost any Christian I can think of (C. S. Lewis?). —Dr. T. David Gordon Dr. Gordon’s comment, which appeared in an online post among other recollections of Neil Postman (Rosen, 2003), demonstrates how well the media […]

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