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May the Best Story Win
May 1, 2012 – 4:00 pm | 9 Comments
May the Best Story Win

NPR just started what they promise will be a series of stories on “losing faith,” stories about people who were religious believers but no longer believe. The series began with a woman who was a …

Losing Face[book]
December 15, 2011 – 2:50 pm | 6 Comments
Losing Face[book]

Why I abandoned the third largest “country” in the world.

Really, I didn’t make this one up
April 14, 2011 – 8:26 pm | One Comment
Really, I didn’t make this one up

The truth, the whole truth, nothing but the . . .

Virtually a Confession
February 8, 2011 – 8:56 am | One Comment
Virtually a Confession

New media and your soul

Classic 99 is online and expanding
January 6, 2011 – 3:51 pm | One Comment
Classic 99 is online and expanding

As it happens, when Classic 99 went off the air in July 2010, it never died. Classic99.com continues to live stream its vast catalog of classical and sacred music online, just as it did when it broadcast on the FM dial. Matter of fact, I’m listening to it as I write this post, and I’m even hearing the familiar voices of former KFUO-FM announcers, now volunteers for the Internet station. And The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod has announced that the Synod’s Board of Directors voted to provide an additional $193,000 through at least mid-2012 “not only to continue but to improve the way it provides quality classical and sacred music to listeners via the Internet.” And, evidently, both the online station and its listener base are expanding.

Macy’s, Handel’s Messiah, and a random act of hyperspace
December 13, 2010 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

By now, it has been making the email and Facebook rounds many times over: The Opera Company of Philadelphia hides in the Center City Philadephia Macy’s on Saturday, October 30, and during the height of the busy shopping day breaks into an “impromptu” performance of the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.” It was a “Random Act of Culture,” funded by the Knight Foundation as a campaign to bring “classical artists out of the performance halls, into the streets – and our everyday lives.” The only reason we know about it—and have “seen” it—is because it was posted on YouTube. And in the weeks since it has gone, as they say, viral. Three years ago, I wrote in a more academic venue about the experience of Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular as an experience of cultural “transgression.” It seems that a similar…

Starbucks Coffee and the meaning of ritual
November 9, 2010 – 11:38 pm | No Comment
Starbucks Coffee and the meaning of ritual

I gave up my Starbucks addiction a long time ago. (In a previous life, the Webster/Old Orchard Starbucks was a near-daily stop on my way to work until I realized that it was part of the reason I gained 25 pounds and lost most of the cash in my wallet.) But I couldn’t help seeing Starbucks’ still new ad campaign while I was recently in the airport. “Take Comfort in Rituals.” Does it bring to mind visions of a hot cup of chai?

Christwire: “The Onion” for Christians?
September 10, 2010 – 8:10 pm | One Comment
Christwire: “The Onion” for Christians?

Christwire.org has become a popular Web site for news and reporting with an ultraconservative Christian slant. And it’s all one big joke. I have to confess I was completely unaware of Christwire until I ran across the New York Times article that outed the identities of Christwire’s founders, Bryan Butvidas and Kirwin Watson

The Bible as literature: David, Elvis, and the cult of celebrity
August 18, 2010 – 5:41 pm | One Comment
The Bible as literature: David, Elvis, and the cult of celebrity

King David, The King, Bono, and the cult of celebrity. Did the story arc of celebrity start with the biblical figure of David?

Thank you, BP, for deconstructing my faith in technology
June 7, 2010 – 10:15 pm | 2 Comments
Thank you, BP, for deconstructing my faith in technology

Technology trying to save technology. (Photo credit: Reuters) The recent capping of the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico aside, now the Coast Guard says the clean up will take years . And even with the cap, oil is still spilling into the Gulf