Category: Earthen Vessels

Bridge Building and Homosexuality

Brian Hedges reflecting on my chapter on homosexuality, a chapter that I’m honestly surprised hasn’t gotten more attention: Reading this chapter reminded me of John Stott’s classic book on preaching,Between Two Worlds, where Stott suggests the metaphor of bridge-building as...

/ November 18, 2011

Bullets, Cremains, and the Concept of the Sacred

I wish the story was a joke, but it wasn’t. A few weeks back, not long after Steve Jobs died, a story went around about a company named, of all things, Holy Smokes will take the cremains of your loved...

/ November 15, 2011

Immanentizing our Eschatological State through Tattoos: The Earthen Vessels Symposium (Ch. 6)

Jason Hood wants to extend the conversation into two directions: First, if we tat, we should probably do it with excellence. In fact, I’d love to see Christian tattoo academies. (Not least so that people could learn to do Hebrew and Greek...

/ November 14, 2011

A Contextualized Sexuality: Jake Meador’s Contribution to the EV Symposium

A must read: Second, in the discussion of pornography Anderson hints at another underlying problem with our understanding of sexuality: the context in which we discuss it. We live in a thoroughly industrialized world in which everything is a tool...

/ November 11, 2011

Christian Tattoo Academies(?!): Jason Hood on Tattoos and Christians

Jason Hood’s work is some of the best out there, in my opinion.  And he decided to offer his contribution on tattoos with, well, flair. Up to this point I’m merely playing on Matt’s points. But I do want to...

/ November 9, 2011

Infants in the Cry Room: The Earthen Vessels Symposium (Ch. 5)

My friend John Dyer—go buy his book now–reflected on chapter five of Earthen Vessels, and in conclusion highlighted this section: When cleanliness and bodily order become required for entrance into our communities—as they clearly are in most evangelical churches—then we...

/ November 7, 2011

The Hollowness of the Self and World: The Earthen Vessels Symposium (Ch. 4)

Joseph Sunde has a good summary of what I’m up to, after which he concludes with this: Although Anderson’s vocabulary sometimes clashes with my own (“consumerism” = commodification/material idolatry and “individualism” = misaligned self-sufficiency), the general message pushes our view...

/ November 4, 2011

Welcoming Bodies into the Church: John Dyer on Earthen Vessels

John Dyer’s reflections about Chapter Four are up at his blog, and he closes with this: Under the concept of freedom, Matt writes, When cleanliness and bodily order become required for entrance into our communities—as they clearly are in most...

/ November 3, 2011

Created to Create: Joseph Sunde on Earthen Vessels

Joseph Sunde at the ever-excellent Remnant Culture has the goods: But there is indeed a higher order, an authority that cuts through the perverse consumerism and contorted individualism of this world, and beneath which we can redeem our bodies for...

/ November 2, 2011

An Exceptionally Kind Review of Earthen Vessels

I am honored and humbled by Nathan Gilmour’s review, which gets going in a hurry and doesn’t slow down: The preface to Matthew Anderson’s book is subtitled, “In Which I Clear my Throat.”  How could I but love this book? ...

/ October 27, 2011