I just received the page proofs for my new book. I am not sure of the release date, but it will certainly be out in 2013. I will be blogging about the book more in the days ahead, but for now, here is what I wrote for the publisher as a possible description for the back cover:
Is the Bible media savvy? Can ancient Scripture address the cutting edge technology of the digital age?
The church is unsure of itself in the 21st century’s media culture. Some Christians denounce digital media while others embrace the latest gadgets and apps as soon as they appear. Many of us are stumbling along amidst the tweets, status updates, podcasts, and blog posts, wondering if we have ventured into a realm beyond the scope of biblical wisdom.
Though there is such a thing as “new media,” this book reminds us that the actual concept of media is ancient, theological, and even biblical. In fact, Scripture regularly features the media of God, “TheoMedia.” These are the means by which God communicates and reveals himself—creation, divine speech, inspired writings, the visual symbol of the cross, and more.
If God creates and uses media, then Scripture provides a theological logic by which we can create and use media in the digital age. This book is not an unqualified endorsement of the latest media products or a tirade against media technology. Instead, it calls us to rethink our understanding of media in terms of the media of God in the biblical story of redemption.
It also calls Christians to a life of media saturation. But the media that are to saturate our lives most prominently are the media of God….