Should Preaching be Entertaining?

I asked in the previous post if preaching should be entertaining. My thinking is that preaching must ultimately be, like the Christian Scriptures, engaging. That is, preaching must arrest the mind, heart, soul, and strength (to borrow from the Shema—Dt 6:4) and compel a reimagining of reality and a reanimation of our lives. In this…

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The Bible as Entertaining…?

[I just started doing some thinking on the blog about entertainment culture, theology, and ministry. In my recent book TheoMedia, I have a “TheoMedia Note” (an aside or excursus) called “The Mediation of Sex and Violence.” Other than those few pages, I deal very little with entertainment media. So I am wanting to interact over…

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The Media Sin in an Entertainment Culture is to be Boring

I make a parenthetical comment in my book TheoMedia that “the great media sin of our culture is to be boring.” The converse probably also rings true: the great media virtue is to be entertaining. I will be offering a few posts here at HR on entertainment culture, something I actually write very little about…

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Star Wars & the Gospel of John: Thoughts on Narrative Openings

I was teaching the Gospel of John to a group of university student ministers and someone at some point made reference to the opening of Star Wars. The reference got my mind rolling about how these two epic (and cosmic!) stories begin. First, lets look at Star Wars: “A long time ago, in a galaxy…

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Okay: ‘TheoMedia’ is Now Available…

The official publication date for my book on media and biblical theology is July, 2013. But the book has only now become available at the bigger online shops like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, which for most of us constitutes a real “release date.” Some thoughts… “Media Theology” The book is TheoMedia: The Media of…

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Two Books by Two Friends

Confessing to someone that you are daydreaming about writing a book is a vulnerable thing. People might think you are silly or presumptuous. And then when you actually do write a book, you feel quite awkward telling your friends about it (well, maybe not all authors feel this way). I have just finished reading two…

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The Gospel of Quinn: A Short Film

My friend Matt Godfrey (see our HR interview here) has just written, directed, and co-produced a short film called The Gospel of Quinn. It will blow your mind. Miranda and I have watched it three times this week (it is less than 10 minutes in length) and we keep finding more and more that intrigue…

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St. Gregory the Great and the Pastor-Theologian | “The care of souls is the art of arts”

I was scanning the patristics section in my college library when I found this: Gregory the Great (540–604) was one of the most influential popes in the history of the church. One of his legacies is The Book of Pastoral Rule (henceforth, “PR” [1]). Pastoring is an ancient craft, one Gregory calls (borrowing from Gregory…

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‘TheoMedia’ now Becoming Available

Cascade Books emailed to let me know that my theology of media book is now available from their customer service department (via email). The book can be pre-ordered from their website. And I discovered that the Kindle edition is available now at Amazon.com (not Amazon.co.uk… not yet, at least). Amazon will be carrying the paperback…

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Preparing for the Release of TheoMedia: Endorsements

Cascade Books sent me a cover design of my forthcoming book TheoMedia: The Media of God and the Digital Age. The design is not finalized but the image above offers a sneak peak. Look, I could really use your help: I am not that great at marketing as a writer, so I really need some…

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