For the Beauty of the Church

From First Thoughts

My first two blogs for Evangel – “Hosting the Holy One” and “Sartorial Eye for the Clerical Guy” – generated a lot of controversy because I dared to question our beauty-making as Christians. In March, Baker Books will release a new book that should deepen our . . . . Continue Reading »

“Whither Wheaton?” A Critique

From First Thoughts

What should we make of the media attention that surrounds viral videos, such as the wedding ceremony in St. Paul, Minnesota, where hip-hop music releases the Dionysiac energy of a bride and groom who groove down the church aisle? Trivia – in a word. What should we make of the buzz that . . . . Continue Reading »

Sartorial Eye for the Clerical Guy

From First Thoughts

Using TLC’s What Not to Wear and Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy as models, I’m developing a television pilot program this spring for CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network). I envision a cadre of Christian cosmopolitans – similar to the “Fab Five” – whose . . . . Continue Reading »

Hosting the Holy One

From First Thoughts

I am currently reading the Book of Exodus. I remember teaching this peculiar book to high school students. All showed interest in the exodus narrative, some in the sojourn narrative, and none in the Sinai narrative. I guess contemporary Americans are not much different than ancient Israelites: we . . . . Continue Reading »