Tag Archives: Media

Is Anything Lewd (for Christians) Anymore?

Is Anything Lewd (for Christians) Anymore?

Waylan Owens makes very good points: I have become concerned that nothing is lewd for American Christians anymore.  In fact, rather than decrying the lewdness of American culture, I find it more common to hear even Baptist pastors using some lewd event, TV show, movie, or song as a sermon illustration in ways that indicate… Continue Reading

What Would Jesus Text? Smartphones Are Changing How We Worship

What Would Jesus Text? Smartphones Are Changing How We Worship

Here’s an article that relates to yesterday’s–this time by a secular blog–that deals with the interplay between technology and worship. I’m a tech geek, but it does worry me a bit that everyone is asking “What can we do?” and not asking the very important question, “Should we?” We must remember, as media ecologists like… Continue Reading

Why do we think new is better?

Why do we think new is better?

New and improved! Fresh! The latest! Exciting! You don’t have to go far in our society today to witness claims of having the newest, latest product. One would not think of buying something old, stale, and “so yesterday.” This applies to commercial products that are marketed by clever advertisers, but, unfortunately, it also often applies… Continue Reading

Is Rap Really a Canvas?

Is Rap Really a Canvas?

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Is Rap Really a Canvas? You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The following abridged discussion took place here. Credo Mag: In the past you have been criticized for redeeming such a “depraved genre” as hip-hop. What is your response to this criticism? Shai Linne: Arguments against “depraved genres” are ultimately arguments against redemption itself, because depraved genres are the products of depraved human beings- who need… Continue Reading

Doth not the mind often leave them before the Lord?

Doth not the mind often leave them before the Lord?

A couple weeks ago, I commented on how important it is for Christians in an age of Internet and media distractions to learn to wean ourselves off the habits of a short-attention span culture and cultivate the practice of attention to and appreciation of sustained discourses in texts and sermons. And this holds true, not… Continue Reading

The Internet, Short Attention Spans, and Preaching

The Internet, Short Attention Spans, and Preaching

Our attention spans are shrinking. This is not news, and perhaps I’ve already lost you. Thoughtful people have said that the impressive array of media and entertainment consumption portals play an important role in the attention spans of individuals, especially children and young adults. For example, Jason Fertig writes, Many modern media trends have done… Continue Reading