popped into the Open Book closing down sale today (and got an online order in the mail). I could have spent squillions, but I was very disciplined. Among the haul
- "The Child in Christian Thought"
- "When Kumbaya Is not Enought" (I always thought this must be a dreadul book since it has a dreadful title and cover, but its supposedly good)
-" The (Magic) Kingdom of God: Christianity and Global Culture Industries"
- "Screening Scripture: Intertextual Connections between Scripture and Film"
- "Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media"
- "The New Era in Religious Communication" (which i have but its out of print) (darren, do you want it in return for the ikon CD??)
- Malina's "Social Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels" (I ordered some others too but they're sold out.
I nearly ordered N.T. Wright's trilogy but I suspect they're sold out too.
And "Helium" by Urban Myth Club arrived from the UK. Having heard both jonny and cheryl mention they'd used bits, I thought I'd track it down. I always appreciate people telling me what music they've been playing in worship.
No Bruce, not you. I'll never play Dolly Parton in worship.
After his other great books, "Ministry in an Oral Culture", and "The Spectacle of Worship in a Wired World", I expect this to be good.
Section One focuses on Story,
Section Two on Rhetoric in Image, Sound, Beat, Light, Move and Dance
Section Three on the Prophetic Church and Prophetic Use of Figure - in Hebrew Poetry and in Electronic Culture
Here's what the back cover says:
When it comes to communicating the gospel through new media and technologies, churches are often faced with one of two bad options. Either they can reject these new vehicles for sharing the faith as “not the way we’ve always done it”; or they can uncritically embrace them, failing to see that when not understood properly these media can obscure the gospel message just as much as they can communicate it. If they are going to reach the generations formed by electronic culture, churches must engage in a new evangelism, one that makes use of new technologies and cultural expressions. Sample explains how the electronic generations receive and process the information communicated by new media, and how the ways in which our consumerist culture makes use of those media are not good models for how the church can employ them to spread the message of Jesus Christ.
Tex (what is that short for?) was Professor of Church and Society at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City - now he's a freelance author and lecturer.
Tex is fifty-something with a rural background. He loves country music, and has a wonderful way of blending theology and philosophy to give an older person's take on contemporary culture. I find his insights really helpful for some on the situations in which I work.
Through the book he quotes Karl Barth, John Milbank, Manuel Castells, "Pretty Woman", Wittgenstein, Simon Frith, Walter Ong and more. Get the idea? He also writes clearly and accessibly.
Now i'll add it to the reading pile, which includes Graeme Codrington's "Mind the Gap", Robert Johnston's "Reel Spirituality", and Albert Borgman's "Power Failure", and about 20 others. I'm planning a summer of media reading!
The UMW do a study for adults and young people each year on some aspect of global social justice in relation to faith. I was commissioned to write the youth book to accompany the adult theme. They didn't like any of my funky titles! I haven't even seen the final edit yet. It was a good challenge to offer some ciritcal study of children in the Bible, which I linked to some UN material and some current global issues. Not to mention the "Who Wants to Be a Tribal Heir?" Board Game.
Thanks to a recommendation from a mr baker, I've just bought The Book of Probes by Marshall McLuhan and David Carson. I've had Carson's "The End of Print" for some time and love his work. The combination with McLuhan's piercing, puzzling and provocative quotes is brilliant (you thought I was going to say "perfect", didnt you?)
jonny has a nice little movie of some of the pages and I'm just trying to find out where i downloaded it from.
I picked up this gorgeous book on labyrinths and mazes yesterday. It comes from Woodlake Books in Canada who are the publishers of Seasons of the Spirit all-age Christian education curriculum. At one level its a lovely "coffee table" book with great photos and design (although I don't know anyone who has a coffee table any more).
The book looks at labyrinths and mazes around the world, and the photos and designs of these are worthwhile in themselves. The book delves into the history of both labyrinths and mazes, but then examines the relationship between symbol and meaning. The author speaks of places and spiritual responses, rather than simply giving a theoretical or theological treatment.
The book is experiential. There are a number of labyrinths and mazes that you can traces with finger or pen, along with reflection questions. There are also 3 maze journeys that you can take through the book, with instructions at the bottom of each page on where to go next.
The book includes a "how to" on making a labyrinth. But more than that, it has been deisgned to taken the reader on a spiritual journey and enable you to be a participant, not just a receiver. I think it's wonderful.