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Monthly Archives: November 2007
Like most genres – be it music, film, literature, or other cultural products – there comes a time to redress and reassess said genre and (to put it bluntly) call a spade a spade. Arising out of the mire and smoldering wreckage of grunge in the late 1990′s like well-coifed zombies were those sad clowns, forgotten on the school yard after everyone is picked for kickball troubadours known as ‘Emo’… There’s more to read here.
I had a great time worshipping at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Anacortes this past Sunday. Needless to say, I love engaging with the liturgical calendar and having a service dedicated to remembering the Kingship of Christ was a gift. Christ the King Sunday is to be celebrated as the closing of the year for Christians, which is the last Sunday in Ordinary time before Advent and was declared a feast … There’s more to read here.
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
- St. Augustine Spiraculum Vitae
Needless to say, thanksgiving is a holiday in America that is truly mixed with deep passions: the desire to celebrate family, a deep sense of revisionism regarding how the country was founded, the primacy of God’s favor upon our country in reference to others, and the consumerism (eat till you burst, watch TV till you go blind, etc.) that frames everything in the neo-pagan era. For the record, I … There’s more to read here.
Well… another year of the American Academy of Religion conference has come and gone. This time in San Diego. As I have said, if a remake of Freaks and Geeks was put on PBS where all the kids went to grad school in Critical Theory and Media Studies, you would have an AAR conference. This year’s event went well – some good papers and some no-so-much.
Highlights? As to be … There’s more to read here.
When Jurgen Moltmann was on campus a couple of weeks ago, he spoke on the theme of Hope as a forgotten virtue in theological reflection. Part of this day was dedicated to seminars lead by faculty considering various ways Hope is articulated in our culture today. I lead a seminar on Bruce Springsteen and how is music articulates a ‘sonic mysticism’ which moves us through the classic movements of purgation, … There’s more to read here.
OK… so my daughters have watched High School Muscial about 6 times and I have to admit that there is a viral quality there. Hard to get the songs out of my brain – I am trying strong doses of Springsteen, Shins, even the Kings of the Hook – the Beatles… but the virus remains…
Had a great weekend at our church this weekend with Dr. Frank Spina, one of my colleagues at SPU. Frank spoke on the notion of “The Faith of the Outsider” – a designation seen throughout the Biblical canon and the ways in which God continues to draw attention to the coming Kingdom of God vis a vis unlikely sources such as Rahab, Tamar, and others. This morning … There’s more to read here.
My Fuller class is off doing their reflection exercises and I am in the class trying to get my head around teaching today. Is it my imagination or has the desire on the part of ministrial students gotten so focused on “getting done” that they don’t even consider “getting deep”? Perhaps it is just my “glass half full” side coming out on a saturday with lukewarm coffee in my travel … There’s more to read here.
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