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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…

“Major reorganization” of Interfaith Partnership and the state of religious nonprofits
October 15, 2010 – 10:48 pm | No Comment
“Major reorganization” of Interfaith Partnership and the state of religious nonprofits

From the 2009 Interfaith Partnership Annual Dinner. Photo credit: www.interfaithstl.org.

Strange coincidence? Obama talks about his faith & religious illiteracy in America
October 7, 2010 – 5:52 pm | 2 Comments

So, on the same day last week, President Obama stood in a backyard in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and gave a lengthy answer to the question “Why are you a Christian?” while the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released the findings to its survey on Americans’ basic religious knowledge . The survey has already been discussed here and in many other places, but I’ll only point out that virtually all Americans basically flunked the test.

New “Bach at the Sem” season opens this Sunday, Oct 10
October 7, 2010 – 3:42 pm | No Comment
New “Bach at the Sem” season opens this Sunday, Oct 10

The first Bach at the Sem concert of the season will take place this Sunday, October 10, at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the Concordia Seminary campus

On churches, ladders, and living in community
September 29, 2010 – 3:27 pm | No Comment
On churches, ladders, and living in community

I drive passed it every morning and evening to and from work. First Presbyterian Church in University City currently displays a massive sculpture of ladders in its front lawn at Delmar Blvd and Midland Blvd. Assembled by sculptor Charlie Brouwer , they’re calling it Transcend2010 . I finally got a chance to walk through it this past weekend.

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

Concordia Journal Currents – August 2010
August 12, 2010 – 4:52 pm | One Comment

An interview with Robert Fryling, author of “The Leadership Ellipse”

“Ragman” now available on DVD
August 7, 2010 – 1:10 pm | No Comment
“Ragman” now available on DVD

A little over a year ago, I wrote here about the premiere of the short film “Ragman.” Now, with over 25 international film festivals on its cart, two awards and a finalist for a third, “Ragman” is finally available on DVD . The film, directed by local artist Dale Ward (I was the production designer), is a direct adaptation of the well-known parable by renowned writer Walter Wangerin . Simply, it is a subtle story of grace and transformation

No more Protestants? Elena Kagan and faith on the Supreme Court
July 22, 2010 – 7:01 pm | No Comment
No more Protestants? Elena Kagan and faith on the Supreme Court

So the story has been kind of buried with all the other news making the headlines, but it’s still worth talking about. With the retirement of John Paul Stevens and the impending confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, the Court faces the prospect of not having a Protestant justice for the first time in its history.

The Bible as literature: Bob Dylan and the near-sacrifice of Isaac
July 1, 2010 – 11:09 pm | No Comment
The Bible as literature: Bob Dylan and the near-sacrifice of Isaac

Oh God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son” Abe says, “Man, you must be puttin’ me on” God say, “No.” Abe say, “What?” God say, “You can do what you want Abe, but The next time you see me comin’ you better run” Well Abe says, “Where do you want this killin’ done?” God says, “Out on Highway 61” The word of the Lord according to Bob Dylan, in the opening lines from the title track of his landmark album Highway 61 Revisited . It is a sly and menacing retelling of the famous episode of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his son Isaac from Genesis 22 . And Dylan sets it along the famous highway of the blues that stretches along the Mississippi River from New Orleans up almost to Canada. It is the highway where legend has it Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil to play the…