Interesting post by Andii Bowsher on the place (and decline?) of singing in churches, perhaps generated by the development of a performance/consumption culture around music within church services. Something I’ve been wondering about recently, especially in the way ‘worship culture’ shapes not only our ecclesiology but also the physical form of worship spaces through the ages. (The displacement of the cross or crucifix at the front of a church by projector screens or display monitors being one aspect of that in contemporary times).
Andii’s post is at: Have people stopped singing in church?
Also see this related article a student alerted me to:
- Goodliff, Andrew. ‘It’s all about Jesus: a critical analysis of the ways in which the songs of four contemporary worship Christian songwriters can lead to an impoverished Christology”. Evangelical Quarterly, 81, no. 3 (2009): 254-268. (Available here)
James Harding posted the link below on Facebook yesterday which reminded me of a number of related articles recently discussing the relationship (or lack thereof) between higher education and pastoral/priestly vocations.
James linked to
The Consolation of Theology: Or Why We Need Scholar Priests | The Curate’s Desk.
Other related links to that article include:
And related to that
Some good questions here.
Excellent post by Nick Thompson on ‘religious multiplexes’ – places of worship used by more than one religious group both in NZ and around the world. Lots of excellent photos.
More to the point, I thought it was worth noting that there are plenty of more ancient examples of this kind of church-sharing, particularly in parts of the world where political circumstances have forced Christian denominations into these partnerships. They have usually been less civil arrangements than the ones found in New Zealand, but they’ve also lasted a lot longer
via Auckland Theology, Biblical Studies, et al – Religious multiplexes.
An interesting looking online course Gender Through Comic Books | Canvas Network that partners a study of gender in comics with required reading materials being available to purchase through digital comic providers (in this case, Comixology).
Wondering if such a model might work for distance/online theological education?
Quick, helpful list of instructions for combining the three writing tools.
Scrivener, EndNote and Word – Citing References | having words.
From TidBITS: Thoughts Prompted by Google Reader’s Demise, which came through in the email digest today.
Just as email isn’t broken, RSS readers aren’t broken, and social networking services aren’t broken. We’re broken, because we’re both finite and hardwired to be interested in a wide variety of things: other people, tribes, power, sex, social position, and — of course — kittens. Our only weapon in the war against the infinite is self-control. Subscribe to too many mailing lists, read too many newsgroups, track too many blogs via RSS, follow too many people on social networking services — regardless of the specifics, if you overindulge in information, no matter how good your tools, you will eventually be crushed by the infinite.
During February my office door was covered in images of angels in popular culture. For March I’ve decided to go with warrior nuns in comic book culture. So my door now looks like this.
I may add some more to it, but I think with The Magdalena, Warrior Nun Areala, The Sisterhood and Chrono Crusade I have most bases covered.
Suggestions for April? I’m thinking posthuman/cyborg thoughts.
See also: The return of Magdalena | Greenflame.