My Debut as a Voice Actor

[2nd UPDATE: They fixed it, but Homebrewed is still #1 (for now...)]

[UPDATE: Nick -- of Nick & Josh -- posted the wrong audio file, so the podcast I refer to is not yet up.  This action demotes Nick & Josh to the second best podcast in all of Christendom, and vaults Homebrewed Christianity back into first place.]

Rick Bennett posted a completely redonkulous fictional dialogue around Oscar time.  Well, a couple weeks ago, after a few glasses of wine, some of us at Theology after Google did a dramatic reading of the post, and it’s now been posted at the Nick & Josh Podcast:

Based on the blog post by Rick Bennett entitled “an imagined conversation: Oscar Round-Table with Mark Driscoll, Brian McLaren, Ed Young, Jr, David Dark and the Rev. Smith, pastor of Berean Baptist Church,” Josh grabbed this reading with a group of folk sitting around for dinner and drinks after the last session of Theology After Google (Claremont 2010). Included in this mix are the following:

CTT: Philip Clayton

Mark Driscoll: Ryan Parker

Brian McLaren: Joshua Case

Ed Young Jr: Chad Crawford

David Dark: Tony Jones

Rev. Smith: Bob Cornwall

via » The Nick & Josh Podcast.

Tilting at (Real) Theological Windmills

Tripp "Sancho Panza" Fuller and Philip "Don Quixote" Clayton, by Dave Huth

If there’s a Don Quixote of theology, it may be Philip Clayton, in that he attacks orthodoxies with an evangelical zeal rarely found in liberal and progressive ecclesial circles.  Tripp Fuller, Clayton’s erstwhile doctoral student and cornhole zealot, shares the wry, earthy wit of Quixote’s sidekick, Sancho Panza.  I first made this allusion in the preface to Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society, the book penned by Clayton and Fuller, and they proved true to these characterizations last week at Theology after Google.

My thanks to them for bringing together this event.  In many ways, it felt like an early emergent event, in that the quality and curiosity of all participants — those in front, and those in the audience — was uncommonly high.  And also, because of that quality, the participants walked away somewhat disappointed.  That’s because this was a demanding group, and because events, by their nature are bound to disappoint.  Someone’s constituency is always underrepresented; someone else’s ego not sufficiently stroked; and someone else is convinced they could have given a superior presentation (which surely they could have).

For these reasons, it’s a difficult task to produce an event — more difficult, I’ll say, than producing something more static, like an article or a book (or a blog post!).  So, I write to publicly express my gratitude to Don and Sancho for sharpening their lances and throwing a great party last week.  Bravo!  (And thanks to Dave Huth for taking me up on the challenge of the above illustration!)

LA Times on Theology After Google

Mitchell Landsberg of the LA Times enjoyed some of the event and published a story about it today:

“I think things like denomination and ordination are part of the old system of control and domination that has to go,” Pagitt, 42, said as he relaxed after the conference’s first day at the Theo Pub set-up for participants. Around him, beer flowed and conversation leaped from Twitter to evangelism to church formation to corn toss, a beanbag game popular in the Midwest and Appalachia that is gaining a toehold among the theologians in Claremont.

The premise of the conference had been laid out earlier in the evening by Philip Clayton, a professor at Claremont who talked about the role of Gutenberg’s printing press in the 15th century. By making the Bible more widely available, he said, it democratized religion and led directly to the Protestant Reformation.

via ‘Theology After Google’ conference takes look at religion in Web era – latimes.com.

Theology After Google

Theology after Google wrapped on Friday, and some peeps have taken the time to blog their thoughts.  Here are the latest posts:

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Theology After Google

Starting tonight, I’ll be participating in (and co-hosting) Theology After Google, part of the Transforming Theology Project at Claremont School of Theology.  You can watch much of it live on UStream.  You can also follow our Twitter stream:

#tag10

Theology after Google

Doug had Philip Clayton and me on his radio show to chat about the upcoming event, Theology after Google.  We also discuss what went wrong with the liberal church in the 20th century, and how we propose to fix it.

Here’s the conversation (in two parts):

Theology After Google

I’m going to be part of a very cool gathering, Theology After Google, March 10-12, 2010, in Claremont, California with such luminaries as Philip Clayton, Spencer Burke, John Franke, Helene Slessarev-Jamir, Adam Walker Cleveland, Bob Cornwall, Dwight Friesen, Jon Irvine, Glen Stassen, Tripp Fuller, and Ryan Parker.  Philip recently interviewed me via Skype and has posted it at the Transforming Theology site: