Speaking on TheoMedia: Is the Bible Media Savvy?

I got to spend my Saturday at St John’s College at Durham University for a preaching conference sponsored by Cranmer Hall and Fresh Expressions. The theme was “Preaching in the 21st Century.” We were asking questions about the nature of the ancient communicative act of the sermon, wondering about its relevance in our current contexts…

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Review of ‘TheoMedia’ at Christianity Today (And Notes on Reviewing Books)

As a writer, there is little else more rewarding—or unnerving!—than realizing that someone has given your work close attention. I am just so thrilled that Christianity Today has been willing to give some space to discussing my book TheoMedia; and I am so thankful to Jeff Haanen for his careful review. Some Notes on Reviewing…

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Favorites of 2013

As 2013 winds to a close and Auld Land Syne and college football fill our ears and eyes, I (Chris) have always found it a profoundly beneficial and thanks-generating exercise to think back on the year and compile some lists.  Don’t construe our lists as necessarily “best ofs,” there are plenty of those to be…

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Reading Harry Potter… in England

I just finished reading Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. (The Triwizard Cup was a portkey… what?!?! Never saw that coming) Yeah, I know—I am 13 or so years behind when everyone else made the discovery. Over the past decade of university ministry work, I have curiously observed my Millennial friends pining away for…

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Halloween… and the Cosmic Violence of the Gospel (again)

[I am re-posting this because it is one of my favorite pieces of writing on the blog… and because it is Halloween, once again] This is the day that Evil gets festive press.  Halloween caricatures Evil, dressing it up rather innocuously in ghostly face paint, plastic masks, fake fangs.  This is the day when it…

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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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The Christ-Haunted North

“The Christ-Haunted South” is a phrase attributed to Flannery O’Connor. She was referring to the lingering resonances of Christian religious life that has infused the culture of the American South. I now live in a Christ-haunted “North.” I am referring to northern England. For long centuries Christian religious life infused the Pennines, the Lakes, and…

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