Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor

My Brightest Diamond

September 17, 2014

Love this single from the new record by Shara Worden/My Brightest Diamond. Back when they were Awry from NYC, the band crashed in our little apartment in Gloucester, MA, waking up to the horror of 9/11 on our T.V. set. Her vocals shimmer with style and resonate with hope. The striking arrangements, musical diversity, and reflective lyrics make this a unique album. In “Pressure” I kept thinking “female Thom Yorke.” Hear the whole thing on Spotify.  

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Writing & Designing a Book

August 7, 2014

Marshall McLuhan is often quoted for his aphorism: “The medium is the message.” Ironically, his point is often overlooked in publishing where shoddy book covers, gimmicky titles, and predictable layouts abound. Unfortunately, a lot of publishers place little value on cover design, book layout, and electronic book presentation. Within the digital age, a book has an electronic extension that surfaces ubiquitously, making impressions across the Net, and all kinds of digital platforms. You might say the cover, and overall creative input, is amplified through

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Competing Visions of Church

August 4, 2014

People’s visions of church differ. When I first moved to Austin I asked people what they thought about church and if Austin needed another one. Some said, “Only if it does good.” Others said, “No way; we’ve got enough bigots.” A Massive Vision of Church Christians are also divided on their visions of church: “more community, better music, less preaching, more social justice” Paul trifles with our visions of church when he says: “Do you not know that you (plural)

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How (Not) to Be Secular [video]

July 10, 2014

This is a fascinating account of our present secular experience that resonates, clarifies, and inspires.

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