Showing posts from January, 2018

Book Review: Seven Stories by Anthony Bartlett

If you are picking up this book for the first time do not doubt that it contains the germ of something capable of transforming everything. Not only does it show that the God of the Old Testament is consistent with the God of the Sermon on the Mount, but it carries a sea-change in the meaning of church. Rather than an institutional guarantee for an afterlife, Christian identity is a profound journey of human change in this life, one always intended by a God of unimaginable love and vitality. The resurrection of Jesus is a pledge of a transformed Earth where all of history is invited into a fullness of life, a time and place where violence has no part. - Anthony W. Bartlett, Seven Stories

Not all Christian education curricula with a progressive bent are created equal. Some are very good at providing background information but short on providing resources within itself for actually teaching that information to participants. Others seem to assume that participants already know or agree wi…

Winter/Spring Reading

Now that we are at the beginning of a new year, I have to compile a new list of books to read. Between the obligations of writing a manuscript and preparing for Lent and Easter, I'm not sure how quickly I'll be able to get to them. But there they'll sit on my nightstand, beckoning in those free moments.

So here is at least a sampling of what I'm planning to read between now and summer:
Vital Vintage Church by Michael PiazzaWildwood by Colin MeloyCold Fire by Kate ElliotBehemoth by Scott WesterfieldEndure by Daniel D. MaurerThe Walking Dead Volume 29 by Robert KirkmanElectric Arches by Eve L. EwingSpiritual Friendship after Religion by Joseph A. Stewart-SickingFinding Seekers by Bruce TallmanCourageous Faith by Emily C. HeathThe Very Worst Missionary by Jamie WrightEverything is Flammable by Gabrielle Bell So, a few churchy/spirituality books, a few novels, some poetry, and a couple graphic novels.
What's on your list for this first part of 2018?
As always, I need t…

Small Sips Has An Excuse for Book Hoarding Now

Well, if you insist. You know how you sometimes have more books on your nightstand or on your shelves that you have all the good intentions in the world to read, but feel bad because you can never quite get around to them? Jessica Stillman says that's okay, and observes why it's actually a good and healthy thing to surround yourself with more books than you'll ever read:
An antilibrary is a powerful reminder of your limitations - the vast quantity of things you don't know, half know, or will one day realize you're wrong about. By living with that reminder daily you can nudge yourself towards the kind of intellectual humility that improves decision-making and drives learning. "People don't walk around with anti-résumés telling you what they have not studied or experienced (it's the job of their competitors to do that), but it would be nice if they did," Taleb claims. Why? Perhaps because it is a well known psychological fact that is the most incomp…

One Word 365: Breathe

For the past four years, I've made it part of my New Year's observance to participate in One Word 365. The premise is that, rather than making a list of resolutions that you won't keep anyway, you just choose a single word to live by for the entire year. I have found this to be more of a rewarding exercise than not, so I plan to continue it this year.

For 2017, I chose the word Engage:
Since late in the evening on November 8th, I have been wondering what I can do and who I can be in this new moment my country finds itself in. Many of my friends are scared, as am I, about what might become of civil liberties, government assistance programs on which many rely, and the overall cultural climate in which those with hateful beliefs toward minorities have felt emboldened and empowered. Also since that evening, social media for me has been more of a chore that has left me tired and heartbroken. Many use these platforms to vent their frustrations and fears, and while I have been a…

I'm on Pulpit Fiction This Week

To ring in the New Year, I have contributed the "Voice in the Wilderness" segment to the latest edition of the Pulpit Fiction podcast, which takes a look at the lectionary texts each week leading to the coming Sunday.

This time around, my assignment was Genesis 1:1-5. You can listen at their website or on iTunes.

Thanks to the guys for another chance to contribute.