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Free E-Book: Pop Psalms

I’ve contributed the first chapter to Think Christian’s latest FREE E-BOOK: POP PSALMS. I’m writing about Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts”: “No one could have predicted it: the summer of 2019 belonged to a rapping flautist. The artist known as Lizzo enjoyed a record-breaking run atop the Billboard Hot 100 as her carefree, boldly embodied persona capturedContinue reading “Free E-Book: Pop Psalms”

Frederick Douglass: The Lion Will Not Be Silenced

If there’s one voice that cannot be silenced in our modern era, it’s the fierce roar that rises from the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Douglass’s forthright account of his escape from slavery is so raw you can almost smell the stomach-turning metallic wreak coming off the blood-spattered pages. Rising from beneath theContinue reading “Frederick Douglass: The Lion Will Not Be Silenced”

What Does Premodern Exegesis Sound Like from the Pulpit?

Premodern exegesis is sometimes summarized as the fourfold method of interpretation. This means my preaching… …is a slave to the text (Literal) …delights in the canonical context (Allegorical) …drives at the transformation of the soul (Tropological) …speaks of the Eternal (Anagogical) It’s important to realize that the premodern exegete doesn’t siphon his sermon (although IContinue reading “What Does Premodern Exegesis Sound Like from the Pulpit?”

Les Mis: When Justice Is Overshadowed by the Law

I’m teaching Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables this fall. First published to international acclaim in 1862, the novel’s inception actually took place in 1845 under the working title Jean Tréjean, which translator Julie Rose characterizes as “the story of a convict, a poor man persecuted by a system in which justice has been overshadowed by theContinue reading “Les Mis: When Justice Is Overshadowed by the Law”

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