Blade Runner 2049: in the ruins of christianity (spoilers!)

The future is bleak in Ridley Scott’s original 1982 sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner. Considered ahead of its time, the original saw its now classic status only after seven different edits, and nearly thirty years of space. Starring Harrison Ford, the future depicted in the film is simultaneously technologically advanced, and dirty, where violence is assumed…

THE LIBERATION OF DIALOGUE

Kerygma, a Greek work in the New Testament for “preaching” – to cry or herald the salvation of Jesus. Or more specifically an approach that the early church took for oral history and proclamation.  More specifically, a storied approach that the early church took for oral history and proclamation.  Martin Accad, the famous missionary to the…

KILLING GODS IN THE DESERT

In Roman culture, the first “atheists” were these peculiar Christian types. They rejected the influence of the gods in their lives, a kind of fulfilled Socratic vision with the Nazarene, Jesus, at the center. This was the pre-Christian world; a world filled with pagan idolatry and sexual governance because most of these Roman gods contained some…

The Tears of James Comey

Many D.C. bars opened early the morning of James Comey’s testimony before a congressional hearing. The air seemed tense, and cameras were flashing like the strobe lights in a club as former FBI director Comey took to the stand. The public had already received his prepared speech, so there was much that was already deconstructed, like…

Idolatrous Goat Weirdness

Let me explain. Tonight I was talking to my students about a fairly cringe-worthy subject related to idol worship; the whole context of the classic who-do-you-say-that-I-am business in Matthew 16; and beastly, sexual awkwardness in the public square of the Phillippi Jesus took his youth group (disciples) to. Jesus was asking the question in the…