Jesus: Neither Elitist nor Populist

I have been thinking lately about populism, spurred largely by the “surprise” of Brexit and the “shocking” rise of one Donald Trump. Pundits (a vocation of ill-repute these days) are astonished by both of these sociopolitical phenomena. How can such large swaths of the populace exercise their electoral power to do the inadvisable and the…

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‘hoi polloi’: Populism, Elitism, and Jesus

“Hoi polloi” is Greek for “the people.” In a post launching a series of other posts on populist anger and elitist aloofness, use of a Greek phrase may seem a bit out of turn. Only an elitist would address or write about “the people” with such obscurantism (or use a word like “obscurantism”). I suppose…

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Dear Christian Radio, I Love/Hate You

Post originally appeared at Missio Alliance’s Writing Collective on December 29, 2015. Dear Christian Radio, I don’t listen to you often, but when I do I must admit I don’t always not like what I hear. I mean there are times when I’m looking to just fill my aural space with the safety and ease…

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Magic and Technology in Harry Potter

I just finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Let me add a decade-late “amen” to all my friends who avidly read the Harry Potter books while I was busy reading Dostoyevsky and New Testament commentaries (though I have no regrets about time spent in Dostoyevsky… and in at least some of the commentaries). The…

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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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Zombie-Theology

I cannot think of anything more bizarre, more out of character, more ludicrous for me to write on than…. ZOMBIES. But for some reason, they have arrested my attention. Primarily, I am just wondering why they have become such a pop-cultural hit of late. Let’s face it: zombies are suddenly iconic. So I started doing…

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