A Russian formalist on what art does for us…

I picked up James Ressegui’s introduction to narrative criticism in the NT and found this quote about the purpose and power of art— Habitualization devours works, clothes, furniture, one’s wife, and the fear of war….  Art exists that one may recover a sensation of life; it exists to make one feel things, to make the…

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New UCF CD… “Sing On”

UCF has a rich history of creating music.  The latest project is called “Sing On” which is a collection of original songs (and a reworked hymn) by students in the UCF community.  I knew the CD would be amazing because I know each of the artists and because I have so much respect for Jordan…

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The Gospel is Violent (but let me explain…)

“Gospel” is a violent term.  It is a term of salvation, yes… but also of destruction.  The Gospel announces the arrival of Jesus as Lord.  This arrival comes with the dual role of saving and destroying, for although “the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost” (Lk 19.10), He also came “to…

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The Book Cover

I have never met Cindy Kiple.  I had to go to Google Reader and scroll to the copyright page of my yet-to-be-released book to even figure out her name.  She is the designer of the book’s cover.  I would love to know about the creative process, the decision-making and artistic tweaks and revisions behind the…

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Link to an interesting Article

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On Writing—Revisiting the Q: Is less really more?

“Less is more.”  I do not know where I heard that phrase.  But I hear it.  Ringing in the air.  Hovering over my keyboard.  Lingering around my pen.  Less is more…  Less is more.  Who is whispering this mantra so much that I keep hearing it as I type and write? Thirty seconds on the…

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New Website for UCF

University Christian Fellowship, the college ministry of Mountain Brook Community Church, has a new website.  Simple, navigable, and with potential for some expansion.  My favorite part is the “resources” section where I can post handouts (a personal favorite of mine) and direct students to helpful sites on the web.

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Post SBL (2): What Biblical Scholars can Learn from Pastors

Perhaps it is timely that I waited so long for this post.  Two other posts in the blogosphere have helped sharpen my thinking a bit.  Gerald Hiestand with the Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology wrote on article for On the Square, a blog for First Things to which Scott McKnight has brilliantly responded…

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