Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A Holy Relics Compendium

Once upon a time, I wrote a weekly-ish column that was all about evangelical Christian cultural ephemera. I was very pleased with a number of the pieces, but my interests have led me away from the column for the time being, and I don't think I'm going to be able to bring it back in any regular form.

I would very much like to turn these pieces into a book someday, complete with beautiful photographs of small-town churches and the things one finds in them. I want to write a handful of final pieces in this vein, ones that I've been saving up, wherein I swing for the fences and try to muster all my powers to say something meaningful and interesting about the most central and common features of evangelical life. The book would be very pretty. A coffee-table book, maybe. I'd hope that it would be a gift for Christians looking for interesting things to say and think about their way of life at our peculiar point in history.

Till I can get someone interested in such a book, however, I'm left with the pieces I did write. They're all available online still, but haven't been easy to access from a central location. That's what this post is for.

Below, you can find links to all of the published installments of Holy Relics. I hope you enjoy these. I've also included links to guest pieces that friends wrote for the column in its last days; one of them is a good-natured parody by a very talented fellow writer for the site. I *loved* writing this column, and hopefully have many more pieces to write in this vein. When I get them published, I'll put up links to them on this page.

Thanks for your encouragement and support with this little project. Anyway, here're the links, arranged chronologically:

Holy Relics

The Pastor's Microphone Headset
A Youth Group Anti-Onanism Game Plan
A Christian Stand-Up Comedy Special 
Church Basement Coffee
The Offering Plate 
The Christian Flag
Christian Email Sign-Offs
A Youth Group Lock-In Flashlight
The Church Pew
A Plan of Salvation Bead Bracelet
A Plastic Communion Cup 
An Ichthus Car Sticker
A Connection Card
A Box of Tissues
A Church Softball League Softball
A Brand Parody T-Shirt
The Wooden Pulpit
Super 3D Noah's Ark 
A Focus on the Family Movie Review
The Church Bulletin
A Church Van 
TV Guardian 
The Hymnal, Part 1
The Hymnal, Part 2
The Acoustic Guitar
A Rocking Chair
A Crockpot 
A Christmas Eve Candle

Guest Pieces
The Full Armor of God (Playset) by Alan Noble
The Missionary Map by D.L. Mayfield
The Welcome Card by Mark Galli
The Campfire by Connor Joel Park
The Choir Robe by S.D. Kelly
The Janky Carpet Sweeper with the Screwed-up Wheel that Everybody Hates by Luke T. Harrington

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