Writing for both Academy and Church (and Gospel Writing as an Act of Ecclesiology )

[My PhD thesis/dissertation has been published, and here begins a multi-post discussion about its content (after a bit of throat-clearing about the book’s audience). See the previous post for a bit more info on the book’s release…]   In his impressive study To Change the World, James Davison Hunter argues that culture is changed from…

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Psalms of Lament

There is a collection of ancient Hebrew poems that express confusion, despair, doubt, fear, anger, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and stress. The frustration and angst, often, is directed toward God himself. And these poems make the cut. They get put into the Bible. They are the Psalms of Lament. Apparently, the Hebrews believed that we could…

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Ashes, and yet Crawfish

This Lenten Reflection originally appears at allgather.org. I had the strangest Saturday.  To be clear, it was strange, but not bad.  You see, it was strange because of a couple of disparate things that came together to make my day.  Artists, whether in visual arts, film or even music, often use juxtaposition to make a…

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An Interview with Isaac Wardell of Bifrost Arts (Part 2, ft “By His Wounds”)

Isaac Wardell is the director of Bifrost Arts and the Director of Worship Arts at Trinity Charlottesville (PCA).  He’s been involved in church music and church plants in Georgia, Tennessee, and New York.  He studied at Covenant College.  While serving in New York City he played and performed with the Welcome Wagon, and has produced two Sacred Music anthologies…

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An Interview with Isaac Wardell of Bifrost Arts (Part 1, ft “Psalm 46”)

Isaac Wardell is the director of Bifrost Arts and the Director of Worship Arts at Trinity Charlottesville (PCA).  He’s been involved in church music and church plants in Georgia, Tennessee, and New York.  He studied at Covenant College.  While serving in New York City he played and performed with the Welcome Wagon, and has produced…

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An Interview with Sarah DeShields of Renovatus Worship Music

Sarah DeShields grew up in near Edinburgh, Scotland in a charismatic church, before studying percussion and moving to the states to serve as music director at Renovatus Church in Charlotte, NC.  I got a chance to talk with her in December about her creative process as a musician and some of her most recent projects. …

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Advent with the Gathering Church

Inspired by my fellow contributors’ Advent posts, I’d love to share a few items from my community’s Advent observation. 1) Each of the last several years, I’ve had some part in writing and/or curating a church devotional.  Even though these reflections usually take place while there are still leaves on the trees and it’s not…

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