“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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The Radical Movement needs a Complementary Pastoral Movement

Radical Christianity, Western/Suburban-Style Christianity Today has published an important essay by Matthew Lee Anderson on a movement of sorts now underway in American evangelicalism. Church leaders like David Platt, Kyle Idleman, Francis Chan, Shane Claiborne, and Stephen Furtick are calling for a radical commitment to the commands of Christ in their writing and preaching. Their…

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Drinking Jesus: New Wine and the Draught of Death

Holidays come with special meals. The smells wafting out of the kitchen can conjure memories of playing with our cousins, of long road trips, of good times with family and friends. That was happening the night Jesus sent disciples into Jerusalem to prepare for the Holy Day feast of Passover. The smoke from cooking fires…

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On Locked Rooms & Empty Tombs: A Resurrection Reflection… for Advent

Advent is about waiting for Someone to come. Christmas shows us that He can appear  in unexpected ways and in unsuspected places. The Resurrection teaches us something similar—you never know where the Risen Christ will appear. Or when. Luke, Matthew and John all portray the disciples as stuck after the tragedy of the Crucifixion. We…

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Disillusionment, Cynicism, & Christian Eschatology

More and more I am recognizing that my book on cynicism (see the icon in to the right)  is ultimately a pastoral exercise in applying Christian eschatology to our daily reality. Cynicism arises from disillusionment.  When the rug gets jerked form beneath our feet and we find ourselves breathless staring up at the ceiling, wondering…

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A King from the Shadows

[drawing above: From the Dragon’s Hoard by Shaylynn Rackers]   It was story-time. My wife and oldest daughter were away for gymnastics practice, and I had just tucked my smallest daughter in her bed. The house was oddly quiet for a home with two strapping little boys at-large.  I found them both on the sofa,…

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Celebrity Culture, Speaker Circuit & Church: Meet John (The Baptist)

This post draws on last week’s “Celebrity Culture, the ‘Speaker Circuit,’ and John the Baptist.” In that post I struggle over being an author who believes deeply in his message to the church, but feels uncomfortable with the apparatus for getting messages out to churches: booking speaking engagements, beefing up a network, using social media…

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Deuteronomy, the Devil, Jesus and my Kids

[Note: The following is taken from the draft of my forthcoming book ‘TheoMedia’…]   Jesus quoted Deuteronomy more than any other Old Testament book. I was recently reading to my two oldest kids from Jesus’ temptation scene in Luke’s Gospel and decided I would inspire them with this: “when Jesus was assaulted by evil, he…

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Halloween… and the Cosmic Violence of the Gospel

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 is okay to play-act as the terrifying mythical entities that, as we rationally explain to our kids, do not actually haunt the closet space. …

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