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…
Two Future Trends in Biblical ScholarshipDr. Paul Raabe explores the current trends in biblical scholarship and how the church should respond. “The next generation of biblical scholars is not doing “source-form-redaction criticism”…scholars are now following what is called a “synchronic” approach, taking the biblical texts as they stand in a more holistic way.”
Second Sunday in AdventSpark your thoughts for December 10, 2023! Tune in to "Lectionary Kick-start" for a discussion about the texts for the second Sunday in Advent
2023 Theological Symposium Available OnlineFour hundred were blessed to attend the 2023 Theological Symposium “Living By Hope in a Secular Age: Church & Society.” The three plenary sessions, the panel discussion of the three plenary speakers, and twenty-four sectional presentations are now available online free of charge. Whether you were in attendance and want to view a sectional that ..