Update: Like I said, this is a work in progress. I have added some more useful resources on here for your perusal, including full names so you can know who it is without trying to guess with just the letter. Enjoy! And as always, let me know if there are some more additions you think would be helpful.

I have compiled a list of articles, reviews, etc. that will be helpful in preparing to give a defense for the reason you think the DaVinci Code is bunk. Not to sound too mean. I plan on watching this thing so that I can engage with the what is being said about it. I will wait for it in the $1 theatre or the DVD. If there are other resources you think should be linked…let me know. This is a work in progress:

Deciphering the DaVinci Code [Al Mohler]
“The DaVinci Code” [David Griffiths]
Dabears, Dabulls, Daaaaavinci [D. Griffiths]
Hays On da Vinci Code [Mark Goodacre]
Not InDavincible [J.P. Holding]
The Da Vinci Code: Of Magdalene, Gnostics, the Goddedd and the Grail [Leadership U]
Dismantling The Da Vinci Code [Sandra Miesel]
Crash Goes The Da Vinci Code [Ron Rhodes]
Christ: The Man Who is God [Alan Scholes]
Breaking The Da Vinci Code [Carl Hansen]
Debunking The Da Vinci Code [Elizabeth Lev]
The Truth Behind The Da Vinci Code [Carl Olson]
Da Vinci’s Secret Christian Message [Interview w/Giuseppe Fornari]
Screwtape on The Da Vinci Code [Eric Metaxas]
Debunking Dan Brown’s “Fact Based Fiction” [James White]
Planet envoy Critique of The Da Vinci Code [Carl Olson (Pt. 1)]
Planet envoy Critique of The Da Vinci Code [Carl Olson (Pt. 2)]
Jesus, Mary and Dud Vinci [Carl Olson]
The DaVinci Code [Amy Welborn]
Dismantling the DaVinci Code [Sandra Miesel]
Crash Goes The Da Vinci Code [Ron Rhodes]
Was Jesus Married? [Darrell Bock]
Mary, Mary, Extraordinary [Ben Witherington III]
Why the ‘Lost Gospels’ Lost Out [Ben Witherington III]
Cracking The Da Vinci Code [Brian Bethune]
The Code vs. History [Brian Bethune]
Book Review [Craig Blomberg]
The Da Vinci Code, Corrected [Craig Keener]
Weblog: Time Goes Gnostic [Rob Moll]
The Good News of Da Vinci [Darrell Bock]
Breaking The Da Vinci Code [Collin Hansen]
Thanks, Da Vinci Code [Chris Armstrong]

The Da Vinci Hoax [Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel]
Breaking the Da Vinci Code [Darrell Bock]
De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code [Amy Welborn]
The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code: A Challenging Response to the Bestselling Novel [Richard Abanes]
Rejecting the Da Vinci Code: How a Blasphemous Novel Brutally Attacks Our Lord and the Catholic Church
The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code [Sharan Newman]
Da Vinci Code Decoded: The Truth Behind the New York Times #1 Bestseller [Martin Lunn]
Beyond Da Vinci [Greg Jones]
The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction [Hank Hanegraaff & Paul Maier]
Da Vinci Codebreaker: An Easy-to-Use Fact Checker [James Garlow]

Evangelistic Ideas
Study Guide for The Da Vinci Code: A Quet for Answers [Josh McDowell (.pdf)]
Da Vinci Quest Ministry Ideas [.pdf]
Debunking The Da Vinci Code

Jesus and Da Vinci: Who Was Jesus, Really?
A Slew of Other Articles
The Da Vinci Code Discussed [blog]

There’s Something About Mary [James White (3 audio sermons)]
What About That Other Bible? [Erwin Lutzer (3 audio sermons)]
Deciphering the Da Vinci Code: A Symposium [Darrell Bock, et al.]
Exploring The Da Vinci Code [Mike Licona]

Related Topics
Holy Blood, Holy Grail Book Review [Michael Baigent, et al.]
Mighty Mithraic Madness [J.P. Holding]
Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Religions [Ron Nash]
Easter: Myth, Hallucination, or History? [Edwin Yamauchi]
Did Hinduism Influence the Christian Faith? [J.P. Holding]
Cracking the Bible Code [William Dembski]

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Less Hype. More Humility.

Please. Embedded in our consumeristic culture, there is the assumption that newer is better than older–though I prefer aged beef and cheddar to new. There is the assumption that grand and renovated and powerful is preferable to meek and lowly and weak.

The church often adopts this form of communicating in an effort to gather people into its doors. “God is doing awesome things here at Church _______.” The fact is that God is doing awesome things everyday and everywhere. He’s sustained your life. He’s given you sight and hearing and legs. And if you have none or only one of these, he’s still given you life and a mind to engage the world around you. Truly miraculous. What is more, is God not also doing something in the old, decrepit church that meets faithfully every Sunday? Is God not at work in the mundane? Is the changing of laundry and washing of dishes and working through an argument devoid of God’s presence?

I see so many churches trying to drum up excitement about the latest outreach or project, when what our culture needs is the staying power and sobriety of faithfulness in the ho-hum drudgery of going to a job you hate or a marriage that is contentious. What we need is not more hype, but more humility. More service and less heavy-handedness. We need more gentleness and less power grabs.

If we don’t, what then becomes of the senior citizen who is tired? What becomes of the baby who is sleeping? What becomes of the unemployed and outcast and burdened? They are forgotten. They are seen as less valuable because they aren’t producing the kind of energy requisite for assumed faithfulness to the disciples’ call.

In reality, we need less loud voices and red faces and sweaty brows and more silence and calmness and a deep well of contentment.

The New Economics Will Be People

So I went to a coffee shop this morning and was struck by the utter efficiency they were churning out drinks. In fact the team lead said this much as encouragement to the six other workers behind the counter.

I walked in. Smiled at the barista. Was greeted with a blank stare as he continued to froth the milk and deliver the piping hot skinny latte with extra foam to the drive-thru. I walked to the register and was passed with nary a glance…even when the team lead said “Hello.” No she didn’t look at me, but made sure that her metric of greeting a guest in the first ten seconds was met. A box that is checked. That’s what I was. A large dark roast with no room for cream and sugar. And surely there was no saccharin here. There was utility and efficiency.

In all our pandering for growth our marketing of environment is nothing more than a marketing tool. The timers and grids for efficiency have crowded out the thing that matters. The only thing that matters in products.

You see, the products that are pushed are labeled as though they were made for you. In reality, the products being sold to you have (for the most part) been made for the manufacturer. People have merely become a means to the end of bigger, faster, better.

In the new economy, people will matter more.

They won’t matter because they need to matter to grow the business. Too often companies tell you that you’re important because they want your money. They don’t want to make a difference as much as they want their new car or luxury vacation.

I want to say this loud and clear. In the new economy, people will be the end in themselves. They will no longer be viewed as a metric or a number. In the new economy, mom and pop will be sought after. Because, after all, we all know that the verbiage of how you matter to company x is just verbiage. It’s merely eliciting a response for another end.

In the new economics, people will want to matter. They will flock to the place where they are known by name. And not just to tout the “community” of an establishment. Did you notice the subtlety of that one? No, people will know your name because they know you and you matter. Your name is not known just to brag that you matter and sell the belonging you too can have if you buy your next skinny latte with extra froth…hold the pandering.

We are not there yet because executives are still measuring. Measuring people. Yet, what the new economy will have to embrace is not a spreadsheet or a graph. They will be forced to embrace people. Not to grow their graph. But to grow their own soul.

On Conformity

As much as I hate to admit it, Christians push conformity. Conformity to the wrong things. Being shaped by a group and set of ideals is inherent to being part of a group–be it Christian, straight edge, atheist. But I am speaking about and to my tribe.

Over the years, I have had the privilege of being a part of several different denominations and have seen this shadow overtaking much of the piety of its adherents. It wasn’t meant to do so.

Do you homeschool? The correct answer depends on the group you’re talking to. Do you go on mission trips? Do you adopt? Do you run around incessantly from meeting to meeting showing how you are making an impact for the kingdom?

We have steered far off course when we get away from the simplicity of the Gospel. Of a life changed and being changed by the Gospel. That is, before Christ’s ascension, he said to merely teach all that he commanded. Yet. Yet, much of our passing on of information is not what Christ taught. They are various implications and applications of what he taught. And so,

Might I encourage you to be slow in conforming to the standards? Not just of popular culture, but of the popularity of whatever group you find yourself milling about. The shadow looms to block out the sun of joy and hope. It chokes out the simple call to humble obedience to Christ, changing out a yoke that not even the teachers can bear.