Saturday, June 23, 2007

Spidey & Culture

A word on where we've been and where we're going in the latest sermon series, Relevant Discord: tommorrow, John and I will be discussing The Battle Within, themes from our fascination with superheroes and Spiderman 3 and next week Randy and I will be tackling the intersection of themes in music with the Story of Jesus. So feel free to offer any thoughts.

Here's the basic assumption we're working off of: the Story of God can be seen in culture and not just brought to it. So, we're trying to begin by allowing the gospel to affirm what's healthy in expressions, themes and practices of popular culture and only then move on to critque and complete those themes with the larger Story of God. Any musings on where we've been or where we're going?

By the way, there are some cool clips & study guides to Spidey 3 at


Beginnings: Following a Formerly-Dead Man

Ok, I don't have a clue what I'm doing, but Jason and I talked on the gospel according to bloggers a few weeks ago (see link below), so I figured we might give this blogging thing a try. First, a couple of warnings: I'm computer illiterate, so be patient with us as we get this going. Second, I have a hard time keeping up with my email, much less a blog, so I can't promise always to be up to date--but I do enjoy joining and sparking conversations. I've been so impressed by several folk's email reflections our Gospel in Culture series, so basically I'm throwing that out to the web. My main focus here will be to dialogue about what this adventure of following a formerly-dead man looks like in the real world. You can hear our conversations on podcast at the link on this page ("Dean's Podcast"). I Look forward to "walking" with you here.