In Living Color Redux


Reformed Fellowship has just released the Foreword to “In Living Color” (Rev. Daniel R. Hyde, B.A., M.Div., Th.M. [cand.]; Pastor, Oceanside United Reformed Church). The publisher has made available the Foreword by Joel Beeke, the Table Contents, and the Introduction as a free download here:

Quoth Beeke,

In post-modern, twenty-first-century Western society, biblically sanctioned and carefully crafted confessional statements of the Reformed faith are either blatantly challenged or simply discarded as irrelevant for the church. In Living Color effectively addresses one doctrine that increasingly is being discarded—the scriptural and confessional rejection of man-made images of Christ. “In these pages, Danny Hyde argues with great clarity against all images of Jesus as man-made media. He shows that all such images are abominated in Scripture and roundly rejected by the Reformed confessional heritage without exception. Hyde goes on to argue, however, that God does provide us with His ‘media’—the preaching of His Word and the administration of His sacraments. . . .

Sounds good to me.

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2 Responses to In Living Color Redux

  1. mboss says:

    This topic reminds me of a silly thing at my church on Easter Sunday. “Symbols” of the Resurrection were placed on the communion table – a rock, a flower decorated cross, and other stuff that eludes me at the moment. Isn’t bread and wine the better way to “see” (for lack of a better word) the risen Christ on Easter and every other Lord’s day (in my opinion)?

  2. Brenden says:

    I really want to read this book.

    What has also begun to fascinate me is the pervasive nature of ‘media’ (visual images) in the rhythms of 21st century American Culture at large and thus in the Church. I admit, I was a com major, after all. But we’re completely saturated with the images — and that at the expense of drowning out the ‘word’ (or logos). However, it seems many times, rather than seeing this as a disadvantage to communicating truth (propositionally), people just assume we must adapt our forms to fit the cultures. Thus we find an emphasis on music videos, multimedia presentations and the like. Is it any wonder (many) people don’t like the hymns anymore? They can’t audibly/intelligibly apprehend them! But it appears few realize the level to which we have debilitated ourselves in this area.

    I wonder if he get’s into this at all…

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