Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Fun: Reformation Memes

Today is Halloween and Reformation Day. I didn't have time to post extensively on either (and I was getting tired of annually posting about the "Reformation Polka"), so here's some Reformation fun: Reformation memes.

It's fun to imagine the collision of Renaissance culture and modern cyberspace. I wish I had discovered these last year.

You can read the rest of them here, and it might be only the surface.

HT: Kevin Halloran

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Pope and Bad Press

I have to be honest. It feels like integrity is dwindling in the news. Quotes are taken out of context and blown out of proportion. Stories are twisted and rephrased to feed the trolls and tribes of social media. Plus, there's kitsch and hoaxes everywhere. Ironically, in this "information age," I have to accept the fact that there's so much I don't know about a certain incident across the country, no matter how much others read into it.

This happened with the Pope in the past few days. (I don't want to start a creation-evolution debate here). TIME Magazine noted how much people got it wrong.

In grad school, I was taught about a disturbing new trend. In past times, when an archaeological find was uncovered, its validity and legitimacy was thoroughly reviewed by a circle of scholarship. If it passed, then it made it to the press and the rest of the world. That's not the case now. In our Twitter sound-byte culture, rumors, half-truths and even falsehoods get published everyday. For example, the "lost tomb of Jesus" and the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife" weren't legitimate (the former's research was even laughable), but they were good news that got a lot of clicks.

So yeah, the Truth of the Bible and a lot of good truths about what the Church is doing in the world today are not getting good press, but I know these aren't the only victims of mass media. And here's one perspective on what to do about it.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Work and Passion as Worship

Here's a very good article on work and passion as worship.

Over a cup of coffee, Wendell—an entrepreneur with a PhD in biomedical engineering—told me that he was thinking about making a career change. “I don’t want to waste my life,” he said. “I want to do something that has real significance, where I can glorify God and actually love people.” He went on to ask me if I thought he should become a pastor, a missionary, or a nonprofit leader—jobs he thought really mattered in God’s economy.

HT: Jim Mullins

Monday, October 27, 2014

Some Thoughts on Theology and Creativity

There is plenty of room within orthodoxy to be creative, to think, re-think, and re-express the faith given in Scripture, canonized in the creeds, and articulated in the confessions. So as a theologian, I want to play within the safe zone, but in that zone there’s a lot of playground to have fun spinning around on!

You can read the rest of the interview here. Thoughts?

HT: Dave Dunham and Michael Bird

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Fun: Middle Earth Airlines

This is a good and clever advertisement for New Zealand tourism, and all-around fun for Tolkien fans.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Christians in Academia

The work of The Veritas Forum has made its way to The Daily Beast. You can read about it here. A few years ago, I finished reading through a very inspirational devotional book that was produced, in part, by members of The Veritas Forum. I'm very happy that it exists, and I hope that it can encourage Christians not to shy away from academia, and model the type of civil and peaceful dialogue for the rest of the country as faith and culture continue to clash.

The work of Veritas demonstrates that faith can survive, and even thrive, on America’s college campuses. 

HT: Jonathan Merritt, Kirsten Powers and Ed Stetzer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Christian Films: A Marketing Perspective

We've had a lot of talk about the definition and ministry philosophy of "Christian film," but I find this particular marketing perspective interesting.

HT: Drew Turney and ChristianityToday