Outside the Christian Artist Camp

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Charlie Bertsch discusses Sufjan Stevens: Stevens sings as a Christian. At first, members of his audience brush this realization aside. They are among hipsters, after all. Most of the people in this room devote their Saturday and Sunday mornings to servicing hangovers, not attending services. If they do believe in a higher power, it is a belief locked deep inside them, like a memory of early childhood that only comes out when they are mad or frightened or stoned. But as the clues pile up—references to divinity, righteousness, Bible study, …

Buddhist Hell Sermon

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http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hF6AWs_bblqX0CUbAVKAzUr6GK9wThe daily ritual of giving donations to monks is an important part of religious practise for the people of Myanmar — a way of receiving spiritual instruction as they chat with the monks during their rounds.But much of that spiritual life has evaporated since the crackdown on the demonstrations as the monks are no longer the ubiquitous presence they had been for centuries.Residents say the illegal videos are helping to fill that void.”Now the senior monks are taking up that role of giving religious services to the people through these …

THE BOOK AND THE STORY

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posted with permission (long for a post, but worth it)BY TOM WRIGHT (Tom Wright is now Rt Revd NT Wright, Bishop of Durham.)Here, Tom Wright explores the nature of the over-arching biblical narrative and how it subverts and challenges the world view of our surrounding culture. It is adapted from the opening address given at The Open Book consultation ”Imagining Tomorrow” at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, January 1997. In the Christian canonical Bible there is a single over-arching narrative. It is a story which runs from creation to new …