Hey folks, I’m sorry that the blog has been less than it’s fair share of attention in the last month or two. It’s been a wild summer! But I haven’t stopped writing. In the last few months my brainpower has gone towards a few things in particular that may be of interest,
1. Christ and Pop Culture
If you weren’t aware, I write a weekly column at Christ and Pop Culture, a great online blog/community dedicated to looking at popular culture in a theologically and biblically informed way. Most weeks I write about something to do with Americana, country, blues, bluegrass or rockabilly music and how it interacts with the church. It’s a fun column to write and I am going to try to be more diligent about posting links to those posts here. My last post was on Country music and race relations.
2. Articles & Guest Posts
In the last couple of weeks, I have had the opportunity to have a few guest posts and articles published around the web. Notably, a post on discipleship and theology at Gospel Centered Disicpleship.com.
And just yesterday I had a post published at The Gospel Coalition on Trevin Wax’s blog On metanarrative and redemption in the great Coen Brothers film ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?‘. Both sites were wonderful to work with and my posts received positive and upbuilding feedback. I’m hoping to continue this trend of publishing articles elsewhere. It’s nice (albeit humbling sometimes) to have editors and to have the opportunity to get my writing to a new audience.
On top of the writing, a few summer courses and working as a barista, I’M GETTING MARRIED IN OCTOBER!!!! My Fiance and I are busy scrambling around trying to plan the big day (and the rest of our lives) so a good deal of my thoughts, my evenings and free time ends up going towards this (awesome) goal.
4. ‘The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich’ by William L. Shirer
Outside of the Bible and a few smaller theology books that help keep my soul in check, this is ALL that I have been reading all summer. It is 1078 pages long and not one that you just “fly through during a lazy weekend”. I have been trying to devote as much time as I can to finish this book. It is an absolutely fascinating read and if you can handle the sometimes-slow pace and the length, I would highly recommend it. I’m about 550 pages in. Jenna calls in my “Nazi Book” and I have been making World War II metaphors that nobody else finds helpful. But it’s too late to back out now. It’s going to be finished by August! I hope…
But from here on out, I promise to be at least more consistent about blogging. This site is my main creative and vocal outlet. Be on the lookout for more posts on theology, my ideas, movies, news and, of course, music. And keep an eye on twitter (@Nick_Rynerson) for upcoming guest posts, articles and reviews around the web!