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How Pop Culture Makes the Church Stupid

It’s that time of year again. Summer is in full swing, the sun is blazing in all its effulgent glory, and churches turn to Hollywood to supply the spiritual content for their dwindling summer contingent. That’s right, it’s time for the dreaded At The Movies series that will be performed in some fashion or another at an ungodly number of churches at some point during the dog days of summer. The...

Worship is a Duty

One of my favorite Advent songs is also one of the most ancient: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. Its composition and use dates from at least AD 275, although the most commonly used melodic setting is the well-known Picardy. Be sure to listen to one of the following renditions: As I was pondering the lyrics, I noticed that they seemed to form a conjunction with other thoughts I had been having...

When Worship Gives You Pneumonia

A metaphor that is often used of the church is that of a hospital. The idea as I understand it (and as it’s usually presented) basically comes down to this: the church is meant to be a place where broken people come to find healing, which means of course that the church is going to be full of broken people. As a metaphor there is certainly nothing objectionable about any of that, as such a...

Church Marketing Doesn’t Suck (And That’s Probably a Bad Thing)

Having worked in church marketing for much of my career, it can be without a doubt a very mixed bag as far as the quality of the marketing is concerned. From complete misunderstandings of one’s market to the downright cringe-worthy, it’s effortless to multiply examples of just how bad church marketing can be. (The actual reality is that secular marketing is just as prone to being awful, but when...

Against Relevance

This past Advent was one of the saddest for me in recent memory. It had little to do with being extraordinarily busy or any sort of nostalgic incompleteness related to the season (we didn’t have time to decorate this year!). Rather, it had everything to do with Star Wars. Now, dear reader might suspect that I didn’t enjoy the movie. Nothing could be further from the truth, as I haven’t yet seen...

Against Public Music

In Fallout: New Vegas, you are an unfortunate courier who is shot in the head but has the fortune to survive it. For the remainder of the game you can choose to engage in various quests to find the man responsible. One major problem is that you live in a post-apocalyptic world which is still feeling the effects of a centuries old Atomic war. You not only have to contend with casino bosses who...

If The Church is Rockin’, Don’t Come Knockin’

If I ever manage to reach my golden years, I have great hopes of being a curmudgeon. A writer whose name I have forgotten mentioned that being a curmudgeon takes a fair amount of practice, and thus I consider this post an investment in my future curmudgeoniness. Being heavily involved in church worship and media production, I have the opportunity to view worship service post-mortems from a...

Mrs. Jesus and the Zombie Gnostics

In what can only be termed predictable hilarity, every year (sometimes even twice a year!) we are treated to the latest round of a discovery so shocking,  so earth-shattering that all of Christian history will have to be re-thought, re-examined and- once the books get written and the A&E documentaries get produced- re-purchased. This year was no deviation from the norm. In fact, the only real...

Motion: Going Fishing

This is a promotional video I made for Church of the Resurrection’s upcoming series Going Fishing. Nothing too out of the ordinary for me, but I thought it was kind of fun.
Enjoy.

The Golden Bird

This installment of my church fathers paraphrases comes from St. John Chrysostom. St. John was born in Antioch around A.D 347. In his early life he was engaged in classical studies, but the influence of the bishop Meletius caused him to turn to the ascetic and religious life. He began as a lector in Antioch, later became a deacon and around 386 was ordained to the priesthood. In 397 John was...

The Remedy

This latest installment in my series of paraphrases by the early church fathers comes from St. Ambrose of Milan. Ambrose (Ambrosius) was born around A.D. 340 to an old Roman family which also had ancient ties to Christianity. His father (also named Ambrosius) held the prefecture of Gallia, and Ambrose was set to follow in his footsteps, studying law and rhetoric. After the death of his father...

Motion: The Real Social Network

The Real Social Network from deviantmonk on Vimeo. This video is a promo/series video for The Real Social Network, a 3 week series that is starting at Church of the Resurrection next week. I have to say that I really initially struggled with coming up with any kind of concept for this. One of the difficulties was with the series itself- the whole point is to use social networks and the...

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