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Reprise

Eleven days ago, I wrote about what made the prophets of the Jewish and Christian traditions prophetic. I said that you don't have to believe they had literal visions of the future to understand their work. They understood what oppression, injustice, and empire to do people, families, communities, and the planet. The horsemen John wrote … Continue reading Reprise

Revelation in a Time of Coronavirus and Late Capitalism

The headlines are all the same. They've been the same for fifty years, or for a hundred. They've been the same since Gutenberg. Since Revelation. There is pestilence. There is war, and rumors of war. There is sickness, God, is there sickness. There is famine, there is poverty, there is ecological destruction. In John's vision … Continue reading Revelation in a Time of Coronavirus and Late Capitalism

Everything I Know About Postmodernism I Learned From the Phillies

When I posted this two days ago, I was thinking about spring training. I had no idea the Phanatic was about to get a new look. The tweaks were revealed today. He’s dropped a few pounds, and there are some other small changes, but he remains the greatest postmodern non-sequitur of all time.

Chris Cocca

This piece was originally published at Hobart in the summer of 2013. Editor Aaron Burch was a huge help. The version below is slightly different from the Hobart version.

As an urban rust-belt minister, activist, and writer, I gravitate toward third spaces and common points of reference as a matter of vocation.  I like to be where people are, uncovering the things we have in common and the places.  There are hospitals and homeless shelters, community centers, coffee shops and church hall basements, bus stops, bars, and ball fields.  The conviction at the core of it has to do with the holiness of pluralism and the tension of seeing through our mirrors darkly while wrestling with all kinds of faith; faith in God or people, faith in the redemptive, restorative, and vindicating nature of, say, the Resurrection, or a winning baseball season. 

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and…

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Art and Communication, Modernity and Mass Media: Some Thoughts from Milan Kundera

I'm reading The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera. The first section, "The Depreciated Legacy of Cervantes," is pretty brilliant. Kundera's thesis is that in the wake of the Scientific Revolution, the novel emerged as the fundamental plumb-line of the inner life. Art, with its vagaries, and not Bacon's empiricism (which left even its … Continue reading Art and Communication, Modernity and Mass Media: Some Thoughts from Milan Kundera

Everything I Know About Postmodernism I Learned From the Phillies

This piece was originally published at Hobart in the summer of 2013. Editor Aaron Burch was a huge help. The version below is slightly different from the Hobart version. As an urban rust-belt minister, activist, and writer, I gravitate toward third spaces and common points of reference as a matter of vocation.  I like to … Continue reading Everything I Know About Postmodernism I Learned From the Phillies