Posts tagged "Modern Reformation"
Reviewing The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography

Reviewing The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography

I was honored a few months ago to be asked to review Alan Jacobs’ new biography of The Book of Common Prayer for Modern Reformation magazine, one of my/our favorite periodicals. Seeing as the issue in which it appears just hit stands (May-June), here’s a generous portion of the article. Be sure to head over to Mod Ref and subscribe to read the whole thing:

To borrow a phrase from faux fashion icon Mugatu in Ben Stiller’s film Zoolander, liturgy is so hot right now. A minister at an evangelical Congregational church in Massachusetts uses The Book of Common Prayer at every…

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From Stickers to Likes: Validation, Authenticity, and Social Media for the Children of the 90s

From Stickers to Likes: Validation, Authenticity, and Social Media for the Children of the 90s

Modern Reformation’s May-June issue is out! If you haven’t already picked up a copy, this issue, entitled “Wired and Tired,” deals mostly with this our age of technology, and the unexpected weight it has brought to its users. Coming from the angle of identity and authenticity, one of the featured articles comes from yours truly. In it I’m discussing the era of social media, and its connection to the era (my era) of the validated child. For children raised in the 80s and 90s, with destiny- and distinction-talk portioned at the dinner table and decorating public school banners, these same…

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Another Week Ends: Wiman’s Abyss, Opinionless Boyfriends, Compassionology, Lehrergate, Antinomianism, Revolution, Taylor Swift, and Wreck-It Ralph

Another Week Ends: Wiman’s Abyss, Opinionless Boyfriends, Compassionology, Lehrergate, Antinomianism, Revolution, Taylor Swift, and Wreck-It Ralph

1. Every once and a while something comes across your screen that is so beautiful and honest and profound and enlivening that you want to force others to watch it. If commands of this kind worked, that’s what I’d do here. I’m referring to the interview that Bill Moyers conducted with poet (and Poetry Magazine editor) Christian Wiman this past February. Much like the essay of Wiman’s we featured last week, this is gut level stuff; he touches on pretty much everything that’s important. Or I should day, nothing that he touches on isn’t important: love, marriage, cancer, beauty, poetry,…

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As Though There Were Only One Real Kind: Reviewing David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King

As Though There Were Only One Real Kind: Reviewing David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King

Modern Reformation was kind enough to publish my review of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King in their recent issue. Some of the material will be familiar to those who read this site, but most of it is fresh and intentionally geared toward those who haven’t read Wallace. Needless to say, if you’re not subscribing to Mod Ref, do yourself a favor.

The temptation in reviewing The Pale King is not to review The Pale King. And can you blame a person? How do you review an unfinished work? The answer is that you comment on the book’s importance rather than…

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Another Week Ends: Twittercide, Paul Simon, Reality TV, Reasons To Quit, Better Book Titles, Community & Shallow Small Groups

Another Week Ends: Twittercide, Paul Simon, Reality TV, Reasons To Quit, Better Book Titles, Community & Shallow Small Groups

1. A great little editorial on Slate about the recent instances of “Twittercide” committed by folks as wide-ranging as Gilbert Gottfried, Tucker Carlson, Keith Olbermann, and Rashard Mendenhall. The author wisely points out how silly it is to blame the medium – its immediacy is a big part of its genius after all – that while twitter may amplify trash-talking by catering to impulse, the animus/judgment was there a priori. That is, the problems are a matter of nature, not technology or even self-control:

I reject the idea that Twitter trips up naïve users such…

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Tim Ferriss and the 4-Hour Soul

Tim Ferriss and the 4-Hour Soul

A moderately interesting look at 4-hour phenomenon Tim Ferriss in the NY Times. One gets the sense that although there’s clearly some energy here – it’s hard not to respect someone who goes to such lengths – all the optimization and efficiency talk is actually code for self-justification (and a very inflated anthropology). It sounds as though Ferris has simply replaced his own identity-driven obsession with business with a similar one with self – which strikes this blogger as different versions of the same thing. Plus, does anyone else think that the urgency/anxiety about time is a tad contradictory? Meaning,…

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An Introduction to the Law and the Gospel – Sean Norris in Modern Reformation

An Introduction to the Law and the Gospel – Sean Norris in Modern Reformation

The latest issue of Modern Reformation contains articles from not one but three Mockingbird Contributors: Jady Koch, Nick Lannon and Sean Norris. Well done, guys! If you’re not a subscriber, do yourself a favor – ModRef is one of the best theological magazines going. It manages to be accessible to the non-academic and engaged in the real issues facing “people in the pews,” without sacrificing one iota of intellectual firepower – all delivered with a healthy dose of stridency and self-effacing humor. If the Protestant Reformation is even remotely a concern for you (as it is for us!), then Modern…

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The Power To Cut Through Humanity’s Baloney: Mockingbird in Modern Reformation

The Power To Cut Through Humanity’s Baloney: Mockingbird in Modern Reformation

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the brand new Jan/Feb issue of Modern Reformation magazine. We are proud to report that two Mockingbird contributors have pieces published within its pages. The first is a feature(!) by Jacob Smith entitled The Authority Of The Bible: “It ain’t IS necessarily so!” The priceless tagline for the piece is “The Bible is authoritative not because it is a manual for living, but because it reveals to us Jesus who has the power to cut through all of humanity’s baloney. And the first paragraph reads as follows:The world seems to be…

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PZ on The Future of Evangelicalism

PZ on The Future of Evangelicalism

The most recent issue of Modern Reformation contains an interesting little piece from my father on “The Future of Evangelicalism”. Here are a couple choice paragraphs:

The reputation that evangelicals-and I count myself as one-have earned as being “intolerant” and “exclusive,” and especially homophobic, seems to have stuck. Many people are convinced that we draw lines and build walls, where they are looking rather for open doors and open minds… I believe that evangelicals have lost the great culture war of the 1990s and early 2000s, and that we are in a shadowy time of defeat and regrouping.

For myself, regrouping means…

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Grace In Practice – Reviewed! (Happy Birthday)

Grace In Practice – Reviewed! (Happy Birthday)

In honor of his birthday, which is tomorrow, I thought I’d post some excerpts of the glowing review that appeared in this month’s issue of Modern Reformation magazine of my father’s latest book, Grace In Practice. If you haven’t read the book, you really should. And if you’re not familiar with the magazine, do yourself a favor! It begins:

“It has been a long time since I have read a book that has portrayed such an important topic in such a progressive manor. I found myself stopping numerous times through the first 50 pages wondering if I had understood what the…

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February Playlist

What I’ve been listening to this month:

1. Daniel [Elton John cover] – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Tortoise2. Cain Said To Abel – Bloc Party3. Tell ‘Em Willie Boy Is Comin’ – Tommy James4. The Comedians – Roy Orbison5. Stranger In Moscow – Michael Jackson6. Midnight’s Another Day – Brian Wilson7. Again And Again – Bob Mould8. I Believe In You [Dylan cover] – Cat Power9. When The Lights Go Out – Derek Webb & Sandra McCracken10. Will You Be There – Michael Jackson11. Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution – The Black Crowes12. I Met Jesus In A Bar – Jim…

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