Monday Music – Spacehog

spacehogIn the past, I have tried a regular Monday morning practice of posting up a song from the 1980’s, in particular, one that I personally enjoy. I’m going to try and pick up that practice again, but this time it will include various songs from both the 1980’s and 1990’s. There’s so much good stuff from the 2 decades that cover the formative years of my life as a young boy and teenager. Hence, my desire to focus on a 20-year period.

Today’s Monday Music comes from the British glam rock band, Spacehog. The single comes from their album Resident Alien and it’s entitled In the Meantime. This album hit the radio waves in 1995, the year I turned 16.

Enjoy! Continue reading

Kingdom Conspiracy

kingdom_conspiracyA month or so ago, I received a review copy of Scot McKnight’s newest release through Brazos Press. It’s entitled Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. McKnight is one of the leading New Testament scholars alive today and I have personally appreciated his writings, especially his 2 books The Blue Parakeet and The King Jesus Gospel. You can also check out his blog, Jesus Creed.

His new release is almost like a “part 2” of The King Jesus Gospel, taking us a bit further in not just understanding the gospel, but the kingdom of God and the church. Continue reading

Exodus: Gods and Kings (Trailer)

Exodus-Gods-and-Kings-Poster-Bale-691x1024You might not have been aware but, at the beginning of 2014, some labeled this year as “the year of the Bible” in regards to film releases. Religion News columnist, Jonathan Merritt, posted an interesting article on this very topic back in January.

There were to be 5 film releases in 2014 that connect to the storyline of the Bible. It’s interesting how the Bible’s narrative keeps popping up these days in films, whether done for good, bad or indifferent. I’m not convinced it’s due to some religious resurgence abounding in America. Something else typically controls the Hollywood scene – whatever will make a buck. Remember what they did to promote the Man of Steel film amongst churches? Still, I’m happy that, through these releases, interest could be piqued about Noah or Exodus or even Christ himself.

Anyways, those 5 “Bible” films of 2014 are: Continue reading

N.T. Wright on Same-Sex Marriage

wedding-ringsBelow is a brief video clip in which New Testament scholar, N.T. Wright, engages a question from British evangelist, J. John. The question revolves around the major hot-button issue of western culture today: same-sex marriage.

I appreciate what Wright has to offer, for he looks to approach things from a big-picture perspective. It’s not just about engaging a handful of verses scattered throughout Scripture (though we can and should dive into particular passages). Rather, it begins with the larger, sweeping narrative of the story of God playing out amongst the people of God and the world. What is the grand narrative of Scripture telling us about this most holy thing we call marriage? Continue reading