James received his MA in Philosophy of Religion at Talbot School of Theology in 2013. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Biola University, and is a graduate and perpetual member of the Torrey Honors Institute. James blogs on a number of subjects, including technology, theology, and hip-hop. He has written for Biola’s Center for Christianity, Culture, & the Arts, The Gospel Coalition, and he is an editor for Mere Orthodoxy. You can also keep up with him on Twitter (@jamesfarnold).
There is a lot to say about the recent flurry of posts regarding the NCFIC panel about Christian hip-hop. I’ll start by pointing you to Joe Carter’s round-up of the whole thing. Included is a transcript as well as the video, and then a number of links from around the web that refute the panel.... December 3rd, 2013 | Culture, Music, Religion | Read More
Lecrae’s done it again, and I’m glad I’ve seen less frustration and criticism this time out. Maybe it’s just that he’s managed to keep saying Jesus as he performs, well, everywhere. But just a quick reminder, for the naysayers. I reported this same bit before, but it bears... November 8th, 2013 | Music | Read More
Ender’s Game was good. That’s an extremely short version, but the rest of this will mostly be caveats on that statement. So, don’t miss it: I really enjoyed Ender’s Game, the film.
The source material is among my favorite books. I own multiple copies, have read it five or six... November 4th, 2013 | Film | Read More
Sometimes, game developers surprise us. I’ve got a vested interest in gaming as a medium. Not only is it one of my hobbies, but I suspect it is a place where Christians can go to engage a large number of young men (and, increasingly, women) who are unwilling to engage with us directly. Most of... October 30th, 2013 | Gaming | Read More
“I just want to be heard.” It’s the battle-cry of my generation.
Or at least that is what I argued in a recent post, where I attempted to work through what it means to listen well in an age where all we really care about is listening. Some take listening to be necessarily affirmative, but that’s... October 23rd, 2013 | Culture, Music, Religion | Read More
Christians struggle with their own testimonies. Our stories are boring, uninteresting, and mundane, or so it seems to us; who would listen to us even if we did share? What often qualifies as ‘interesting’ is the sort of thing someone would write (and read) a book about: ex-felons, ex-addicts, ex-something-or-others.... September 30th, 2013 | Religion, The Gospel | Read More
In the book of John, we read the one verse almost every kid in church memorized, if only for its brevity: Jesus wept. I hadn’t given much thought to the passage until recently, but there’s a lot going on there. Let’s set the context.
Jesus receives word that Lazarus is sick from Mary and Martha.... September 25th, 2013 | Religion | Read More
If you’re watching Syria, and most of the nation sort of is, the folks over at Mere Orthodoxy had a great discussion about how Christians ought to think about the implications for Christians in Syria.
Trevin Wax had to remind his son that going to church on Sunday isn’t just about education.... September 20th, 2013 | Links | Read More
For those not in the know, the next big controversial video game has been released. Years ago we heard all of the complaints about Grand Theft Auto III, then IV, and now we’ve got Rockstar’s biggest game yet: GTA V. Christians have fallen on all sides of this issue, ranging from liberty in... September 19th, 2013 | Gaming | Read More
Last week I penned an article for Biola’s new Center for Christianity, Culture & the Arts. You can read the article here, but I’d like to expand on my conclusion. Here’s how I ended the article (yes, spoiler alert):
Here’s the principle we all ought to keep in mind: grace should... September 16th, 2013 | Music | Read More