Though my praise and interaction with his thesis must wait for another day, I draw your attention to the the fact that Florida was recently interviewed on the Colbert Report. (he discusses the interview here).
Memorable Colbert quotes from the interview:
-"So you mean I'm supposed to follow gay people around..."
-"I think you are a gay-bohemian artist who just wants to sell his house"
In the summer of 2005, I had the distinct privilege of studying the doctrine of Christ under Oliver Crisp. Crisp's class helped me understand the formation of the doctrine of Christ as well as gave me a critical framework through which to process contemporary issues in Christology. (I re-read the questions from our take-home final yesterday and am still working through some of the topics addressed). I mention this for two reasons:
1) I can think of few doctrines that demand more serious attention from Christians.
2) I spent the last few days with my nose in two new books on the subject:
CT: Why make an album focused exclusively on God's holiness?
Doerksen: Two reasons. The positive reason is, when I went to withdraw and seek God at the beginning of last year to learn what he wanted me to do, I had such a powerful encounter with him and his holiness. The more I meditated, the more it became the only thing I wanted to sing about.
The negative reason would be simply my deep concern about some of what is going on in the modern worship explosion—the shallowness, the man-centeredness, the banality. I wanted to do something that was about God and his core attributes. A song like "Holy God" is a God song, not a song about our feelings toward God. It's not our response to God. So this was my way of saying, "Think on these things."
For those that can't wait for 9/11, Katie and I bought the Other Men's Wake Up Swimming (Other Men @ myspace) on our way out of Vancouver and it has barely left the CD player in our car. The Other Men represent the reformation of Rob Crow's earlier project Heavy Vegetable and follows on the heels Rob Crow's new solo album, Living Well, both of which are well worth your attention.
Living as we do after the Fall but before the Heavenly City, we are in a time when faith is central, and so the Word must be central-- because God's Holy Spirit creates His people by His Word! We can create a people by other means, and this is the great temptation of churches. We can create a people around a certain ethnicity. We can create a people around a fully-graded choir program. We can find people who will get excited about a building project or a denominational identity. We can create a people around social opportunities for young mothers or Caribbean cruises for singles. We can create a people around men's groups. We can even create a people around the personality of a preacher. And God can surely use all of these things. But in the final analysis the people of God, the church of God, can only be created around the Word of God (Mark Dever, 9 marks of a healthy church, 50).