The UK Version of ‘TheoMedia’: now available

My book TheoMedia is now a UK citizen, so to speak. The Lutterworth Press secured the rights to publish the book here and came up with their own cover design (which turned out very well, I think). The copies are being printed and available for order at their website. The difference between this version and…

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“Media Christology”

My favorite section in TheoMedia is “PART 4 | Media Christology: Jesus, Media Legacies, and Focal Media Practices.” Here are the chapter headings: The Page-Splitting God Who Rips Sky and Veil: An Interlude” Gospel and Incarnation: Jesus as the Ultimate TheoMedium Crucifixion: Cross-Visuality and the Eucharist Resurrection & Ascension: Word-media, Baptism, and Christ as Mediator…

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Everything Bad is Good For You… Including Preaching

In researching TheoMedia, I read Steven Johnson’s Everything Bad is Good for You where he takes to task the conventional wisdom that our entire society is “amusing ourselves to death” (so Neil Postman) and reducing our collective minds into media-saturated mush. His claim is that much of this supposedly “bad” stuff in pop-culture is actually…

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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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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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