Category: Earthen Vessels

Evangelical Inattention and Tacit Gnosticism, Revisited

Stephanie Smith’s wants evangelicals to learn from locavores: It’s true that we need to carefully discern our living patterns and what informs them, as Anderson suggests, from evangelical impulses which are true and that which are false, as well as...

/ October 26, 2011

The Ghosts of Gnosticism: The Earthen Vessels Symposium (Ch. 2)

Stephanie Smith continues the Earthen Vessels symposium by focusing on chapter two: In a continuum there might be Gnosticism at one end and hedonism at another, but our current state of “evangelical inattention” means that we are simply not mindful...

/ October 25, 2011

On Technique

I’m grateful for Jonathan for taking Earthen Vessels in a direction that was lurking in the background, but considerably underdeveloped:  science fiction. Looking back through Earthen Vessels, though, I realize that I did not develop the role technique would play...

/ October 24, 2011

EV Symposium: Sci-Fi and the Technocratic Impulse (Ch. 1)

Matt’s note:  this is the first post in the Earthen Vessels Symposium.  Jonathan Sprowl was kind enough to provide this intriguing reflection.  He is the Assistant Editor of Men of Integrity magazine and Editor of Leading Outreach newsletter. We were created...

/ October 20, 2011

The Earthen Vessels Symposium: An Invitation

When you write a book, it’s easy to allow the pressures of marketing and selling to eclipse the more basic, fundamental reasons that you sent out on the adventure. I’ve been no different, of course, having certainly succumbed to the...

/ October 18, 2011

Pat Robertson, Divorce, and Alzheimers on Issues, Etc.

I had the joy of being invited to talk with the folks at Issues, etc. yesterday about my two columns on Pat Robertson. There were a number of excellent callers who told some lovely stories, and I was able to...

/ September 20, 2011

Introducing the “Author Meets Critics” Sessions

In the introduction to Earthen Vessels, I wrote that my hope was that the book would generate conversation within our quirky movement about our physical bodies and the role they play in God’s redemptive purposes in our lives and the...

/ September 14, 2011

The Good News about Bodies and the Sexualization of Children

My friend Joe has taken up the Overton window of late  as a way into explaining how cultures decay. I know we are supposed to be beyond that fear-based narrative about the decline of society and our broken moral compass, but...

/ August 31, 2011

The Earthen Vessels Interviews, Round Two

Trevin Wax is one of the most thoughtful and careful thinkers in the Christian blogging community, so it was an honor to have him endorse Earthen Vessels. But it was also fun (and challenging) to have him toss some fastballs...

/ August 25, 2011

The Earthen Vessels Interviews, ‘Pillar on the Rock’ Edition

Chris Krycho knows how to ask hard questions, and he simply does not pull punches in his interview at his blog Pillar on the Rock. First, start with Chris’ balanced review, where he concludes with this: Earthen Vessels is an important...

/ August 18, 2011