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A friend just sent me this wonderful rabbinical reflection:
There is that moment at the beginning of the academic year when the professor comes into the classroom, sets down his or her stack of papers and books, moves to the podium and begins class. It is a very mundane moment in many ways. Students chatter away, texting friends, drinking expensive espresso drinks in shimmering travel mugs with café logos you don’t get the reference to and you move … There’s more to read here.
Music fans across the blogosphere posted and reposted the news that longtime Athens, Georgia band R.E.M. had decided, in their words, to “call it a day” and disband for the foreseeable future. As Michael Stipe said on their website:
iPod after 10 years: on the 10th anniversary of the decade’s most seismic technological shift and what it says about the state of theology today
The next few weeks will be focused in the news cycles and blogosphere on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Already the questions about where we have come from since this event and where we are going is filling the web and the airwaves.
Yet in the midst of this important season of reflection, another 10 year anniversary is upon us that also deserves some critical reflection.
This October … There’s more to read here.
Lately I am in a slump regarding the local church. I have been a pastor in a few different congregations and attended a number of churches in the US, UK and Europe. I have had peek experiences and cringe worthy ones. True, the call of the church is bigger than my experience and needs. True, the marks of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church permeate the momentary concerns of … There’s more to read here.
Bidding ‘Adieu’ to the boy wizard: Harry Potter as ‘Shema’ and why Christians need to say thank you to JK Rowling
July 15th, 2011 we “see” and “hear” the end of the Harry Potter saga in its final installment of the Warner Brothers movie franchise that began back in 2000 and with the close of the end credits the summation of one of the most enduring ‘coming of age’ tales in modern history. By see and hear I underscore that the ending of the Harry Potter saga – Harry Potter and the Deathly … There’s more to read here.
Lee Greenwood, Elliott Smith and Karl Barth on “God Bless the USA” – A 4th of July excerpt from Your Neighbor’s Hymnal
The following excerpt is taken in part from my new book Your Neighbor’s Hymnal: What popular music teaches us about faith, hope and love:
Well… it’s coming up to Independence Day Weekend here in the United States. That means illegal fireworks, bar-b-ques on Weber grills, little children wearing patriot garb, and the sounds of the “most recognizable patriotic song” in the nation blaring from pickup trucks with gun racks … There’s more to read here.
This week marks the return of the HBO series “True Blood.” For those who haven’t followed the series, “True Blood” is based on a series of pulp-ish novel by Charlene Harris that follows the travails and revelations of Bon Temps, Louisiana after “The Great Revelation” – the moment following the invention of synthetic blood (marketed and sold as “True Blood” which gives us the series title) where Vampires come out in … There’s more to read here.
This past Sunday is known in the Christian year as “Pentecost Sunday” which celebrates the beginning of the Christian church with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as noted in Acts 2. What results from the outpouring of the Spirit is a movement toward radical community, signs and wonders of power, healing and reconciliation as well as the assurance that the promises of Jesus Christ are not merely waiting at … There’s more to read here.
|© 2011 Jeff Keuss|