“Story” by way of Movies vs. Books: A Conversation with my Daughter

I have taken a break from focusing on doctoral work to finish a draft of my next book project.  Provisionally called “TheoMedia,” I am exploring the way God himself employs various media forms in the Bible, in search of a theological logic for how we use new media today. I have found that discussions with…

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PhD, 1-yr Review: What I do when I clock in…

  Now that I have written about the spiritual and existential crises of living in the UK as a PhD student with a wife and four kids, I am turning my attention to the sort of work I am up to. There is the possibility that what follows might dull you…. Languages My greatest academic…

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1-Year into the PhD: 12 Months of Living Squeamishly

[The map above is an inset in a map of “The Bishopric and Citie of Durham”—the inset shows the peninsula where I study, between the castle and cathedral.  You can find more of these at www.oldmap.co.uk] “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make…

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Great Buechner Quote on “The Church”

In light of our series on loving the church in all its glory and messiness, I wanted to post this from Frederick Buechner.  It is from his sermon “The Church” in Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons (New York, HarperOne, 2006), pp. 146-53. Jesus made his church out of human beings with more…

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Our Life in England and the PhD: Year One

The 8th of August, 2011.  I will not forget that date.  After ten years of wondering, thinking, praying and making plans for a UK PhD program, that was the day of departure.  That was the day when my wife and I—via a family-led carpool, three planes, a double-decker bus, a southbound train out of Scotland,…

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An Interview With Jonathan Green of JG Hymns

To just say Jonathan Green plays hymns is a bit deceptive.  Posted up in Edinburgh, Scotland, this native Bostonian, weaves the stories of the past with the realities of the present, glancing towards the future.  His “hymns” blend the ethereal thump and fuzz of his electronic equipment with the warm strums of obviously human instrumentation. …

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Interview with Jason Byassee (pt. 2): The Rift between Church and Academy

This is the 2nd part of our interview with Jason Byassee (for part 1, scroll down or click here).  We have written quite a bit on the idea of the pastor-scholar / pastor-theologian here at HR (see previous posts for some links).  Jason’s pastoral and writing ministry seems to hug the edges of the (sometimes…

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