The Fire Next Time | Reflections & Notes

James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time. Vintage International, 1962, 1993 (106 pages) “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time!” REFLECTIONS The acuity with which Baldwin surmises and writes is powerful. I appreciated most the insightfulness

The Fire Next Time | Reflections & Notes

James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time. Vintage International, 1962, 1993 (106 pages) “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time!” REFLECTIONS The acuity with which Baldwin surmises and writes is powerful. I appreciated most the insightfulness

Dominion | Reflections & Notes

Tom Holland. Dominion: How The Christian Revolution Remade The World. Basic Books, 2019. (612 pages) REFLECTIONS In this sweeping history, Holland profiles an astonishingly diverse swath of humanity through Western Civilization. Given the focus on Christianity, there is no surprise to

Dominion | Reflections & Notes

Tom Holland. Dominion: How The Christian Revolution Remade The World. Basic Books, 2019. (612 pages) REFLECTIONS In this sweeping history, Holland profiles an astonishingly diverse swath of humanity through Western Civilization. Given the focus on Christianity, there is no surprise to

How To Be An Antiracist | Reflections & Notes

Ibram X. Kendi. How To Be An Antiracist. One World, 2019. (305 pages) REFLECTIONS I continue to lament the misuse and misappropriation of justice concepts by pundits and fundamentalists for their self-justification in various culture wars. The root of this delinquency

How To Be An Antiracist | Reflections & Notes

Ibram X. Kendi. How To Be An Antiracist. One World, 2019. (305 pages) REFLECTIONS I continue to lament the misuse and misappropriation of justice concepts by pundits and fundamentalists for their self-justification in various culture wars. The root of this delinquency

God and the Pandemic | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath. Zondervan Reflective, 2020. (75 pages) REFLECTIONS This little book is true to its title. It is a decidedly Christian reflection for those interested in how their

God and the Pandemic | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath. Zondervan Reflective, 2020. (75 pages) REFLECTIONS This little book is true to its title. It is a decidedly Christian reflection for those interested in how their

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics | Reflections & Notes

Carlo Rovelli. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Riverhead Books, 2014. (86 pages) http://www.sevenbrieflessons.com. (.pdf) REFLECTIONS What a delightful little book. Truly wonderful. And super fun to read. Though I have no formal training in physics, I’ve always loved the pursuit of

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics | Reflections & Notes

Carlo Rovelli. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Riverhead Books, 2014. (86 pages) http://www.sevenbrieflessons.com. (.pdf) REFLECTIONS What a delightful little book. Truly wonderful. And super fun to read. Though I have no formal training in physics, I’ve always loved the pursuit of

Just Mercy | Reflections and Resources

Just Mercy, 2019 [PG-13] “I came out of law school with grand ideas in my mind about how to change the world. But Mr. McMillian made me realize we can’t change the world with only ideas in our minds. We

Just Mercy | Reflections and Resources

Just Mercy, 2019 [PG-13] “I came out of law school with grand ideas in my mind about how to change the world. But Mr. McMillian made me realize we can’t change the world with only ideas in our minds. We

Stewards of Eden | Reflections & Notes

Sandra Richter. Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says About The Environment and Why It Matters REFLECTIONS In 2019 I gave a sermon entitled “The Green New Covenant,” part 2, (after my co-pastor’s sermon, “Green New Covenant,” part 1), in which I

Stewards of Eden | Reflections & Notes

Sandra Richter. Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says About The Environment and Why It Matters REFLECTIONS In 2019 I gave a sermon entitled “The Green New Covenant,” part 2, (after my co-pastor’s sermon, “Green New Covenant,” part 1), in which I

Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia | Critical Reflections & Highlights

Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia; Argued October 8, 2019–Decided June 15, 2020 (.pdf) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS Reading this decision was one of the most exasperating experiences I have had in a long time. I find in this decision all the elements

Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia | Critical Reflections & Highlights

Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia; Argued October 8, 2019–Decided June 15, 2020 (.pdf) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS Reading this decision was one of the most exasperating experiences I have had in a long time. I find in this decision all the elements

Be The Bridge | Reflections & Notes

Latasha Morrison. Be The Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation. Waterbrook, 2019. (240 pages) http://www.BeTheBridge.com. REFLECTIONS Filled with personal stories and liturgies you can use immediately, Morrison has woven together testimony, theology, history, and exhortation to provide a decent roadmap

Be The Bridge | Reflections & Notes

Latasha Morrison. Be The Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation. Waterbrook, 2019. (240 pages) http://www.BeTheBridge.com. REFLECTIONS Filled with personal stories and liturgies you can use immediately, Morrison has woven together testimony, theology, history, and exhortation to provide a decent roadmap

Antiracist Baby | Critical Reflections & Notes

Ibram X. Kendi. Antiracist Baby. Penguin Random House, 2020. CRITICAL REFLECTIONS Something feels different about this moment. Whether it is, has yet to be determined, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that this time may pass with little reform. However,

Antiracist Baby | Critical Reflections & Notes

Ibram X. Kendi. Antiracist Baby. Penguin Random House, 2020. CRITICAL REFLECTIONS Something feels different about this moment. Whether it is, has yet to be determined, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that this time may pass with little reform. However,

White Fragility | Review & Notes

Robin DiAngelo. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Beacon Press, 2018. (169 pages) These ceremonials in honor of white supremacy, performed from babyhood, slip from the conscious mind down deep into muscles… and become

White Fragility | Review & Notes

Robin DiAngelo. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Beacon Press, 2018. (169 pages) These ceremonials in honor of white supremacy, performed from babyhood, slip from the conscious mind down deep into muscles… and become

Why Fish Don’t Exist | Reflections & Notes

Lulu Miller. Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life. Simon & Schuster, 2020. (225 pages) REFLECTIONS I don’t think I can overstate how much I love this book. It is an astonishing, captivating,

Why Fish Don’t Exist | Reflections & Notes

Lulu Miller. Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life. Simon & Schuster, 2020. (225 pages) REFLECTIONS I don’t think I can overstate how much I love this book. It is an astonishing, captivating,

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There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk | Reflections & Highlights

Portia Nelson. There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery. Atria, 2012. (131 pages) REFLECTIONS I wonder sometimes if poetry and art are simply the highest levels of quantum probability fields; that they are a cloud of possibilities until

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There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk | Reflections & Highlights

Portia Nelson. There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery. Atria, 2012. (131 pages) REFLECTIONS I wonder sometimes if poetry and art are simply the highest levels of quantum probability fields; that they are a cloud of possibilities until

The Motive | Reflections & Notes

Patrick Lencioni. The Motive: A Leadership Fable. John Wiley & Sons, 2020. (174 pages) REFLECTIONS The Motive is the shortest and simplest book I’ve written to date, but I suspect that it may be the most important. That’s because the danger

The Motive | Reflections & Notes

Patrick Lencioni. The Motive: A Leadership Fable. John Wiley & Sons, 2020. (174 pages) REFLECTIONS The Motive is the shortest and simplest book I’ve written to date, but I suspect that it may be the most important. That’s because the danger

AI Superpowers | Reflections & Notes

Kai-Fu Lee. AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. (253 pages) REFLECTIONS An amazing read; surprisingly simple, compellingly human, and quite hopeful. For a book on the geopolitics and business of advanced technology, Lee actually

AI Superpowers | Reflections & Notes

Kai-Fu Lee. AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. (253 pages) REFLECTIONS An amazing read; surprisingly simple, compellingly human, and quite hopeful. For a book on the geopolitics and business of advanced technology, Lee actually

The Age of AI | Critical Review & Notes

Jason Thacker. The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity. Zondervan, 2020. (192 pages) CRITICAL REVIEW It is hard to describe just how disappointing this book is. I was hoping to read something far more robust and insightful.

The Age of AI | Critical Review & Notes

Jason Thacker. The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity. Zondervan, 2020. (192 pages) CRITICAL REVIEW It is hard to describe just how disappointing this book is. I was hoping to read something far more robust and insightful.

Table Group Webinar for Consultants and Practitioners

  Tremendous thanks to Pat, Cody, and Chris for hosting this complimentary Webinar for Consultants and Practitioners. Below are my big highlighted takeaways, and then the notes I took live. My Big Takeaways: In abnormal times, you will either be

Table Group Webinar for Consultants and Practitioners

  Tremendous thanks to Pat, Cody, and Chris for hosting this complimentary Webinar for Consultants and Practitioners. Below are my big highlighted takeaways, and then the notes I took live. My Big Takeaways: In abnormal times, you will either be

Created Equal | Reflections & Notes

Joshua A. Berman. Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought. Oxford, 2008. (249 pages) REFECTIONS ln academic circles it is a value to be very cautious and careful regarding modern ethical sensibilities overlaid to ancient texts and attitudes.

Created Equal | Reflections & Notes

Joshua A. Berman. Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought. Oxford, 2008. (249 pages) REFECTIONS ln academic circles it is a value to be very cautious and careful regarding modern ethical sensibilities overlaid to ancient texts and attitudes.

America’s Great Divide | Reflections

America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump [Frontline, PBS] REFLECTIONS Frontline’s brand as a reputable and prestigious producer of documentaries for PBS continues with this sweeping survey of the most significant events and turning points in the Obama to Trump

America’s Great Divide | Reflections

America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump [Frontline, PBS] REFLECTIONS Frontline’s brand as a reputable and prestigious producer of documentaries for PBS continues with this sweeping survey of the most significant events and turning points in the Obama to Trump

To Be A Witness | Reflections on Witness At Tornillo and Targeting El Paso

To Be A Witness REFLECTIONS Last night. Congregation Etz Chayim in partnership with Spark Church hosted a film screening of Witness at Tornillo. You can see the film trailer below, and host your own screening by visiting Tugg. The event

To Be A Witness | Reflections on Witness At Tornillo and Targeting El Paso

To Be A Witness REFLECTIONS Last night. Congregation Etz Chayim in partnership with Spark Church hosted a film screening of Witness at Tornillo. You can see the film trailer below, and host your own screening by visiting Tugg. The event

Scripture, Ethics & The Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships | Reflections & Notes

Karen R. Keen. Scripture, Ethics & The Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships. Eerdmans, 2018. (147 pages) REFLECTIONS This is an incredible resource. Keen has clearly articulated the debate, accurately represented the “sides,” and advanced several considerations that are sound and cannot be

Scripture, Ethics & The Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships | Reflections & Notes

Karen R. Keen. Scripture, Ethics & The Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships. Eerdmans, 2018. (147 pages) REFLECTIONS This is an incredible resource. Keen has clearly articulated the debate, accurately represented the “sides,” and advanced several considerations that are sound and cannot be

Unlike: Why I’m Leaving Facebook | Decision Time

Decision Time I’m leaving Facebook. I hesitantly got a Facebook (FB) account many years ago after being peer-pressured to do so. I’m a naturally private person, and so posting on a “worldwide web” about my life was absolutely repellant. As

Unlike: Why I’m Leaving Facebook | Decision Time

Decision Time I’m leaving Facebook. I hesitantly got a Facebook (FB) account many years ago after being peer-pressured to do so. I’m a naturally private person, and so posting on a “worldwide web” about my life was absolutely repellant. As

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mostly plants | Reflections & Notes

mostly plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family. Old Harvest Way, 2019. REFLECTIONS It’s amazing to me just how controversial is diet and food. Perhaps it should be of no surprise, given that food is a human universal,

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mostly plants | Reflections & Notes

mostly plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family. Old Harvest Way, 2019. REFLECTIONS It’s amazing to me just how controversial is diet and food. Perhaps it should be of no surprise, given that food is a human universal,

The Sad Little Fact | Reflections

Jonah Winter. The Sad Little Fact. Schwartz& Wade Books, 2019. “Some people chose to ignore the facts, turning their backs and walking away in a huff. But for those with minds to think and a nee to know the truth, the

The Sad Little Fact | Reflections

Jonah Winter. The Sad Little Fact. Schwartz& Wade Books, 2019. “Some people chose to ignore the facts, turning their backs and walking away in a huff. But for those with minds to think and a nee to know the truth, the

Public Opinion | Reflections & Notes

Walter Lippmann. Public Opinion. Free Press, 1922. (272 pages) cf. Google Play; .pdf; Wikipedia Page; The Basic Problem of Democracy. REFLECTIONS In short, Public Opinion has surmised and summarized the great weaknesses of democracy being located in our human psychology and offered

Public Opinion | Reflections & Notes

Walter Lippmann. Public Opinion. Free Press, 1922. (272 pages) cf. Google Play; .pdf; Wikipedia Page; The Basic Problem of Democracy. REFLECTIONS In short, Public Opinion has surmised and summarized the great weaknesses of democracy being located in our human psychology and offered

How Christian Opinion Articles Fall Short, Part Two

In my previous post, I suggested that the December 19 @CTmagazine article “rallied our primitive selves, invigorated our already established opinions, and charged us all with the imperative to act.” Yesterday’s published articles are illustrations of how this plays out.

How Christian Opinion Articles Fall Short, Part Two

In my previous post, I suggested that the December 19 @CTmagazine article “rallied our primitive selves, invigorated our already established opinions, and charged us all with the imperative to act.” Yesterday’s published articles are illustrations of how this plays out.

transforming | Reflections & Notes

Austen Hartke. transforming: The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians. Westminster John Knox Press, 2018. (198 pages) For every trans Christian who feels alone; for every parent caught between a rock and a hard place; for every church and every

transforming | Reflections & Notes

Austen Hartke. transforming: The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians. Westminster John Knox Press, 2018. (198 pages) For every trans Christian who feels alone; for every parent caught between a rock and a hard place; for every church and every

How Christian Opinion Articles Fall Short

The world lacks not of critics from every angle. From the “Too little, too late,” to “Finally!”, the December 19 #ChristianityToday article has rallied our primitive selves, invigorated our already established opinions, and charged us all with the imperative to

How Christian Opinion Articles Fall Short

The world lacks not of critics from every angle. From the “Too little, too late,” to “Finally!”, the December 19 #ChristianityToday article has rallied our primitive selves, invigorated our already established opinions, and charged us all with the imperative to

Uncivil Agreement | Reflections & Notes

Lilliana Mason. Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity. University of Chicago Press, 2018. (183 pages) REFLECTIONS Allow me to sum up the most important takeaways if we are going to have a civil society: Do not identify with a

Uncivil Agreement | Reflections & Notes

Lilliana Mason. Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity. University of Chicago Press, 2018. (183 pages) REFLECTIONS Allow me to sum up the most important takeaways if we are going to have a civil society: Do not identify with a

Divided By Faith | Reflections & Notes

Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith. Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. Oxford University Press, 2000. (212 pages) REFLECTIONS When I finished this book, the first thought that came to mind was a deep regret

Divided By Faith | Reflections & Notes

Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith. Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. Oxford University Press, 2000. (212 pages) REFLECTIONS When I finished this book, the first thought that came to mind was a deep regret

Christ and the Powers | Reflections & Notes

Hendrik Berkhof, John Howard Yoder [translator]. Christ and the Powers. Herald Press, 1962. Originally published in 1953 under the title Christus en de Machten, by G. F. Callenbach N. V. of Nijkerk, The Netherlands. (79 pages) REFLECTIONS Christ and the Powers was

Christ and the Powers | Reflections & Notes

Hendrik Berkhof, John Howard Yoder [translator]. Christ and the Powers. Herald Press, 1962. Originally published in 1953 under the title Christus en de Machten, by G. F. Callenbach N. V. of Nijkerk, The Netherlands. (79 pages) REFLECTIONS Christ and the Powers was

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Keynote Address at ADL’s 2019 Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate | Transcript, Highlights, and Reflections

  TRANSCRIPT & HIGHLIGHTS Thank you, Jonathan, for your very kind words. Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry. And to be clear, when I say “racism, hate and bigotry” I’m not

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Keynote Address at ADL’s 2019 Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate | Transcript, Highlights, and Reflections

  TRANSCRIPT & HIGHLIGHTS Thank you, Jonathan, for your very kind words. Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry. And to be clear, when I say “racism, hate and bigotry” I’m not

Eaarth | Reflections & Notes

Bill McKibben. eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010. (261 pages) REFLECTIONS On page 81, McKibben writes, Global warming, though, is a negotiation between human beings on the one hand and physics and chemistry on

Eaarth | Reflections & Notes

Bill McKibben. eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010. (261 pages) REFLECTIONS On page 81, McKibben writes, Global warming, though, is a negotiation between human beings on the one hand and physics and chemistry on

Program Or Be Programmed | Reflections & Notes

Douglas Rushkoff. Program Or Be Programmed: Ten Commands For A Digital Age. Soft Skull Press, 2010, 2011. (155 pages) The GeekDadInterview With Douglas Rushkoff, Jason Cranforoteague [Wired] REFLECTIONS In response to the title of this book, I quip, “too late.” The

Program Or Be Programmed | Reflections & Notes

Douglas Rushkoff. Program Or Be Programmed: Ten Commands For A Digital Age. Soft Skull Press, 2010, 2011. (155 pages) The GeekDadInterview With Douglas Rushkoff, Jason Cranforoteague [Wired] REFLECTIONS In response to the title of this book, I quip, “too late.” The

Nothing Sacred | Reflections & Notes

Douglas Rushkoff. Nothing Sacred: The Truth About Judaism. Crown Publishers, 2003. (265 pages) REFLECTIONS Douglas Rushkoff is one of my favorite thinkers, writers, philosophers, commentators, and prophets. I’ve been using his content for over two decades in my work to help

Nothing Sacred | Reflections & Notes

Douglas Rushkoff. Nothing Sacred: The Truth About Judaism. Crown Publishers, 2003. (265 pages) REFLECTIONS Douglas Rushkoff is one of my favorite thinkers, writers, philosophers, commentators, and prophets. I’ve been using his content for over two decades in my work to help

Paul and the Giants of Philosophy | Reflections & Notes

Joseph R. Dodson and David E. Briones, eds. Paul and the Giants of Philosophy: Reading the Apostle in Greco-Roman Context. IVP Academic, 2019. (177 pages) [Download all the tables here] REFLECTIONS In the decades of reading and studying the Bible,

Paul and the Giants of Philosophy | Reflections & Notes

Joseph R. Dodson and David E. Briones, eds. Paul and the Giants of Philosophy: Reading the Apostle in Greco-Roman Context. IVP Academic, 2019. (177 pages) [Download all the tables here] REFLECTIONS In the decades of reading and studying the Bible,

How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God

How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God, Brenden O’Connor [Splinter], August 8, 2017 In 2005, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Evangelicals was on the verge of doing something novel:

How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God

How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God, Brenden O’Connor [Splinter], August 8, 2017 In 2005, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Evangelicals was on the verge of doing something novel:

Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls | Reflections & Notes

John Bergsma. Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Revealing the Jewish Roots of Christianity. Image, 2019. (256 pages) REFLECTIONS The Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are the greatest archeological find of the 20th century. (For more on the history and story of

Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls | Reflections & Notes

John Bergsma. Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Revealing the Jewish Roots of Christianity. Image, 2019. (256 pages) REFLECTIONS The Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are the greatest archeological find of the 20th century. (For more on the history and story of

The Late Birth of a Flat Earth | Article

I was recently in a lecture where the mythology of a flat-earth belief was referenced as being supported by and a buttress for religious dogma. I’m continuously amazed at how this mythology persists, and this post is my contribution at

The Late Birth of a Flat Earth | Article

I was recently in a lecture where the mythology of a flat-earth belief was referenced as being supported by and a buttress for religious dogma. I’m continuously amazed at how this mythology persists, and this post is my contribution at

Years of Living Dangerously | Reflections

Years of Living Dangerously [13+] “From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, this groundbreaking documentary event series provides first-hand reports on those affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change.”

Years of Living Dangerously | Reflections

Years of Living Dangerously [13+] “From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, this groundbreaking documentary event series provides first-hand reports on those affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change.”

Here All Along | Reflections & Notes

Sarah Hurwitz. Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life–in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There). Spiegel & Grau, 2019. (307 pages) REFLECTIONS I began this book intrigued. In reading, I grew to like it. I finished

Here All Along | Reflections & Notes

Sarah Hurwitz. Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life–in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There). Spiegel & Grau, 2019. (307 pages) REFLECTIONS I began this book intrigued. In reading, I grew to like it. I finished

The Climate Casino | Reflections & Notes

William Nordhaus. The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World. Yale University Press, 2013. (377 pages) REFLECTIONS One of the most respected American economists, with one of the most excellent reputations, produces one of the most clearly articulated

The Climate Casino | Reflections & Notes

William Nordhaus. The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World. Yale University Press, 2013. (377 pages) REFLECTIONS One of the most respected American economists, with one of the most excellent reputations, produces one of the most clearly articulated

Evolving Faith Conference | Live Notes & Comments

[These are my notes taken live during the conference. I apologize for any typos, errors, or incoherencies. Updates will be made over the next two days.] #evolvingfaith19 Thursday, October 3 | Pre-Conference, Church Leadership & Evolving Faith: Navigating Healthy Change

Evolving Faith Conference | Live Notes & Comments

[These are my notes taken live during the conference. I apologize for any typos, errors, or incoherencies. Updates will be made over the next two days.] #evolvingfaith19 Thursday, October 3 | Pre-Conference, Church Leadership & Evolving Faith: Navigating Healthy Change

Democracy Devouring Itself | Reflections and Paper

REFLECTIONS I have felt for a long time that the problems we are facing in America (and around the world) are fundamentally epistemological and that everything else is symptomatic of what we think, how we know, and our perception of

Democracy Devouring Itself | Reflections and Paper

REFLECTIONS I have felt for a long time that the problems we are facing in America (and around the world) are fundamentally epistemological and that everything else is symptomatic of what we think, how we know, and our perception of

Drawdown | Reflections & Notes

Paul Hawken, ed. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Penguin Books, 2017.  (240 pages) cf. Project Drawdown REFLECTIONS There is, after so many years, still quite a bit of misinformation and/or misrepresentation by partisans regarding Climate

Drawdown | Reflections & Notes

Paul Hawken, ed. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Penguin Books, 2017.  (240 pages) cf. Project Drawdown REFLECTIONS There is, after so many years, still quite a bit of misinformation and/or misrepresentation by partisans regarding Climate

Katharine Hayhoe–The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: Talk about it | Reflections & Transcript

REFLECTIONS In recent interactions with climate deniers (or at least, “minimizers,”) I found myself flabbergasted at the willful ignorance, apathetic dismissiveness, and religious posturing that denied climate change, labeling it a “hoax,” definitely “false,” or some sort of partisan lie.

Katharine Hayhoe–The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: Talk about it | Reflections & Transcript

REFLECTIONS In recent interactions with climate deniers (or at least, “minimizers,”) I found myself flabbergasted at the willful ignorance, apathetic dismissiveness, and religious posturing that denied climate change, labeling it a “hoax,” definitely “false,” or some sort of partisan lie.

Climate Shock | Reflections & Notes

Gernot Wagner & Martin L. Weitzman. Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet. Princeton University Press, 2015. (250 pages) REFLECTIONS This week the #ClimateStrike launches all over the world. This will be good news if policies and actions begin

Climate Shock | Reflections & Notes

Gernot Wagner & Martin L. Weitzman. Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet. Princeton University Press, 2015. (250 pages) REFLECTIONS This week the #ClimateStrike launches all over the world. This will be good news if policies and actions begin

All You Can Ever Know | Reflections & Notes

Nicole Chung. All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir. Catapult, 2018. (225 pages) REFLECTIONS What is it to know a story that you don’t know? I really loved this book because it tells the complicated story of adoption and intersectionality that

All You Can Ever Know | Reflections & Notes

Nicole Chung. All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir. Catapult, 2018. (225 pages) REFLECTIONS What is it to know a story that you don’t know? I really loved this book because it tells the complicated story of adoption and intersectionality that

When They See Us | Reflections

When They See Us. [R] REFLECTIONS Ever since this film series released, I had multiple conversations with friends about our reticence in watching because we knew it was going to be painful and heart-wrenching. We had to “steel ourselves” up

When They See Us | Reflections

When They See Us. [R] REFLECTIONS Ever since this film series released, I had multiple conversations with friends about our reticence in watching because we knew it was going to be painful and heart-wrenching. We had to “steel ourselves” up

IntersectionAllies | Review & Notes

Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi. IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All. Dottir Press, 2019. To each other–we’re better together. REVIEW It is common to view the task of communicating “adult” ideas to children to be a daunting and complicated

IntersectionAllies | Review & Notes

Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi. IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All. Dottir Press, 2019. To each other–we’re better together. REVIEW It is common to view the task of communicating “adult” ideas to children to be a daunting and complicated

Out of Many Faiths | Reflections & Notes

Eboo Patel. Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity & The American Promise. Princeton University Press, 2018. (215 pages) There is but one destiny … left for us, and that is to make ourselves, and be made by others a part of

Out of Many Faiths | Reflections & Notes

Eboo Patel. Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity & The American Promise. Princeton University Press, 2018. (215 pages) There is but one destiny … left for us, and that is to make ourselves, and be made by others a part of

The End of White Christian America | Reflections & Notes

Robert P. Jones. The End of White Christian America. Simon & Schuster, 2016. (321 pages) REFLECTIONS This is an incredibly insightful and helpful read for two specific audiences. First, for anyone wondering and/or despondent about our current socio-political state of affairs,

The End of White Christian America | Reflections & Notes

Robert P. Jones. The End of White Christian America. Simon & Schuster, 2016. (321 pages) REFLECTIONS This is an incredibly insightful and helpful read for two specific audiences. First, for anyone wondering and/or despondent about our current socio-political state of affairs,

#GLS19 | Live Notes, Day 2

Below is a live blog of my notes from the sessions of the Global Leadership Summit, along with any personal reflections in blue. I have attempted to quote verbatim, and/or record faithfully the points and meaningful lessons as originally intended

#GLS19 | Live Notes, Day 2

Below is a live blog of my notes from the sessions of the Global Leadership Summit, along with any personal reflections in blue. I have attempted to quote verbatim, and/or record faithfully the points and meaningful lessons as originally intended

#GLS19 | Live Notes, Day 1

Below is a live blog of my notes from the sessions of the Global Leadership Summit, along with any personal reflections in blue. I have attempted to quote verbatim, and/or record faithfully the points and meaningful lessons as originally intended

#GLS19 | Live Notes, Day 1

Below is a live blog of my notes from the sessions of the Global Leadership Summit, along with any personal reflections in blue. I have attempted to quote verbatim, and/or record faithfully the points and meaningful lessons as originally intended

Biased | Reflections & Notes

Jennifer Eberhardt, Ph.D. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. Viking, 2019. (340 pages) A journey is called that because you cannot know what you will…do with what you find, or what you find will

Biased | Reflections & Notes

Jennifer Eberhardt, Ph.D. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. Viking, 2019. (340 pages) A journey is called that because you cannot know what you will…do with what you find, or what you find will

The Very Good Gospel | Review & Notes

Lisa Sharon Harper. The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Waterbrook, 2016. (224 pages) REVIEW I really, really, wanted to like this book. I can only say that I appreciate this book and its overall goal, message, and ethic.

The Very Good Gospel | Review & Notes

Lisa Sharon Harper. The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Waterbrook, 2016. (224 pages) REVIEW I really, really, wanted to like this book. I can only say that I appreciate this book and its overall goal, message, and ethic.

What Do They Hear? | Review & Notes

Mark Allan Powell. What Do They Hear?: Bridging the Gap Between Pulpit & Pew. Abingdon Press, 2007. (107 pages) REVIEW Leveraging critical literary theory for the homiletical task is a perspective I wish seminaries would emphasize in their curricula. The “contexts”

What Do They Hear? | Review & Notes

Mark Allan Powell. What Do They Hear?: Bridging the Gap Between Pulpit & Pew. Abingdon Press, 2007. (107 pages) REVIEW Leveraging critical literary theory for the homiletical task is a perspective I wish seminaries would emphasize in their curricula. The “contexts”

White Right: Meeting The Enemy | Reflections & Interview Transcript

Deeyah Khan (http://deeyah.com) REFLECTIONS This was a truly astounding work of humanity, and Deeyah Khan is an incredible exemplar of the better angels of our nature. While it is natural and easy to simply identify and attack those who hate,

White Right: Meeting The Enemy | Reflections & Interview Transcript

Deeyah Khan (http://deeyah.com) REFLECTIONS This was a truly astounding work of humanity, and Deeyah Khan is an incredible exemplar of the better angels of our nature. While it is natural and easy to simply identify and attack those who hate,

A Confession, Lament, and Hope in Showing Up | Reflections From My Public Protest

#CaravanToClint On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in response to the news of the migrant crisis at the US border, a friend and I got on a plane and headed to Clint, TX to join the #CaravanToClint protest group organized by Julie

A Confession, Lament, and Hope in Showing Up | Reflections From My Public Protest

#CaravanToClint On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in response to the news of the migrant crisis at the US border, a friend and I got on a plane and headed to Clint, TX to join the #CaravanToClint protest group organized by Julie

Doughnut Economics | Review & Notes

Kate Raworth. Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017. (309 pages) The most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can

Doughnut Economics | Review & Notes

Kate Raworth. Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017. (309 pages) The most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can

Justice | Reflections & Notes

Michael Sandel. Justice: What Is The Right Thing To Do? Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. (308 pages); http://justiceharvard.org; REFLECTIONS While many of my religious compatriots would balk at this, I have been considering the argument for “objective morality” to be fallacious for

Justice | Reflections & Notes

Michael Sandel. Justice: What Is The Right Thing To Do? Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. (308 pages); http://justiceharvard.org; REFLECTIONS While many of my religious compatriots would balk at this, I have been considering the argument for “objective morality” to be fallacious for

Dear America | Reflections & Notes

Jose Antonio Vargas. Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. HarperCollins, 2018. [Advance Reader’s Edition] (231 pages) REFLECTIONS The fraying of political discourse by its abstract and categorizing rhetoric is a dehumanizing cycle that needs to be seriously reconstructed. Books

Dear America | Reflections & Notes

Jose Antonio Vargas. Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. HarperCollins, 2018. [Advance Reader’s Edition] (231 pages) REFLECTIONS The fraying of political discourse by its abstract and categorizing rhetoric is a dehumanizing cycle that needs to be seriously reconstructed. Books

The Storytelling Animal | Reflections & Notes

Jonathan Gottschall. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. Mariner Books, 2012. (248 pages) REFLECTIONS Every now and then a book and its ideas strike my discovery bone with just the right frequency and intensity that I find myself captivated

The Storytelling Animal | Reflections & Notes

Jonathan Gottschall. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. Mariner Books, 2012. (248 pages) REFLECTIONS Every now and then a book and its ideas strike my discovery bone with just the right frequency and intensity that I find myself captivated

The Cross and the Lynching Tree | Reflections & Notes

James H. Cone. The Cross and the Lynching Tree. Orbis Books, 2011. (202 pages) To the memory of Black People whose lives were lost on the Lynching Tree REFLECTIONS I once participated in a small group that was intentional about discussing

The Cross and the Lynching Tree | Reflections & Notes

James H. Cone. The Cross and the Lynching Tree. Orbis Books, 2011. (202 pages) To the memory of Black People whose lives were lost on the Lynching Tree REFLECTIONS I once participated in a small group that was intentional about discussing

The Lost World of the Torah | Reflections & Notes

John H. Walton & J. Harvey Walton. The Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context. IVP Academic, 2019. (268 pages) Download Book Charts & Tables .pdf. REFLECTIONS At the very least, in Evangelical circles Walton’s

The Lost World of the Torah | Reflections & Notes

John H. Walton & J. Harvey Walton. The Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context. IVP Academic, 2019. (268 pages) Download Book Charts & Tables .pdf. REFLECTIONS At the very least, in Evangelical circles Walton’s

The Uninhabitable Earth | Reflections & Notes

David Wallace-Wells. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. Tim Duggan Books, 2019. (310 pages) REFLECTIONS This may be one of the most important books I’ve read recently. It is also one of the most surprising. In the first half, we face the

The Uninhabitable Earth | Reflections & Notes

David Wallace-Wells. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. Tim Duggan Books, 2019. (310 pages) REFLECTIONS This may be one of the most important books I’ve read recently. It is also one of the most surprising. In the first half, we face the

TEDx | Paula Stone Williams: I’ve Lived as A Man & A Woman

[select quotes] “There is no way a well-educated white male can understand how much the culture is tilted in his favor. There’s no way he can understand it because it’s all he’s ever known, and all he ever will know.

TEDx | Paula Stone Williams: I’ve Lived as A Man & A Woman

[select quotes] “There is no way a well-educated white male can understand how much the culture is tilted in his favor. There’s no way he can understand it because it’s all he’s ever known, and all he ever will know.

TED | Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams: The Story of a Parent’s Transition and a Son’s Redemption

Paula Stone Williams: So, I was the CEO of a large, religious nonprofit, spoke at some of the largest churches in America, was on television in 70 different markets, but more than anything else, I just wanted to be a good parent. I told all

TED | Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams: The Story of a Parent’s Transition and a Son’s Redemption

Paula Stone Williams: So, I was the CEO of a large, religious nonprofit, spoke at some of the largest churches in America, was on television in 70 different markets, but more than anything else, I just wanted to be a good parent. I told all

Three Identical Strangers | Reflections

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7664504/ “I believe nature and nurture both matter. But I think nurture can overcome nearly everything.” REFLECTIONS The quote above sums up quite well the principle conclusions of this fascinating documentary, and the perspective shift that the film is encouraging

Three Identical Strangers | Reflections

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7664504/ “I believe nature and nurture both matter. But I think nurture can overcome nearly everything.” REFLECTIONS The quote above sums up quite well the principle conclusions of this fascinating documentary, and the perspective shift that the film is encouraging

Won’t You Be My Neighbor | Reflections

“The greatest thing we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.” “Love is at the root of everything. All learning. All relationships. Love, or the lack of it.” – Fred Rogers Won’t You Be

Won’t You Be My Neighbor | Reflections

“The greatest thing we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.” “Love is at the root of everything. All learning. All relationships. Love, or the lack of it.” – Fred Rogers Won’t You Be

TED | Gian Giudice: Why our universe might exist on a knife-edge

So last year, on the Fourth of July, experiments at the Large Hadron Collider discovered the Higgs boson. It was a historical day. There’s no doubt that from now on, the Fourth of July will be remembered not as the

TED | Gian Giudice: Why our universe might exist on a knife-edge

So last year, on the Fourth of July, experiments at the Large Hadron Collider discovered the Higgs boson. It was a historical day. There’s no doubt that from now on, the Fourth of July will be remembered not as the

RBG | Reflections

https://www.rbgmovie.com %5BPG%5D 2018. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique

RBG | Reflections

https://www.rbgmovie.com %5BPG%5D 2018. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique

“Mom, I’m Gay” | Reflections & Notes

Susan Cottrell. “Mom, I’m Gay”: Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith. Westminster John Knox Press, 2016. (177 pages) REFLECTIONS One of the major dividing elements in the current theological/ecclesiological debate on human sexuality is the overarching tension of “hermeneutical

“Mom, I’m Gay” | Reflections & Notes

Susan Cottrell. “Mom, I’m Gay”: Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith. Westminster John Knox Press, 2016. (177 pages) REFLECTIONS One of the major dividing elements in the current theological/ecclesiological debate on human sexuality is the overarching tension of “hermeneutical

Man’s Search For Meaning | Reflections & Notes

Viktor E. Frankl. Man’s Search For Meaning. Beacon Press, 2006. (165 pages) Teacher’s Guide: (9780807014295.pdf) REFLECTIONS This may be one of the most important books I’ve read, ever. Why? Exactly. Everything from love as grounded in being, tragedy as overcome by

Man’s Search For Meaning | Reflections & Notes

Viktor E. Frankl. Man’s Search For Meaning. Beacon Press, 2006. (165 pages) Teacher’s Guide: (9780807014295.pdf) REFLECTIONS This may be one of the most important books I’ve read, ever. Why? Exactly. Everything from love as grounded in being, tragedy as overcome by

The Color of Compromise | Reflections & Notes

Jemar Tisby. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. Zondervan, 2019. (253 pages) REFLECTIONS We should all be unsettled at our history; the ancestors and ideologies that have preceded us. We should be equally dispirited

The Color of Compromise | Reflections & Notes

Jemar Tisby. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. Zondervan, 2019. (253 pages) REFLECTIONS We should all be unsettled at our history; the ancestors and ideologies that have preceded us. We should be equally dispirited

Boy Erased | Reflections

Boy Erased [R], 2018. Reflections The most important events in our lives are rarely just about one thing. That which is most significant to us is also most complicated, intermixing with multiple aspects of our existence. So it is with Boy

Boy Erased | Reflections

Boy Erased [R], 2018. Reflections The most important events in our lives are rarely just about one thing. That which is most significant to us is also most complicated, intermixing with multiple aspects of our existence. So it is with Boy

Roadmap to Reconciliation | Reflections & Notes

Brenda Salter McNeil. Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice. InterVarsity Press, 2015. (135 pages) Igniting Reconciliation (https://www.saltermcneil.com/roadmap-to-reconciliation) REFLECTIONS In short, the topic, thrust, ethic, and aim of this book is brilliant, compelling, and extremely valuable. The style

Roadmap to Reconciliation | Reflections & Notes

Brenda Salter McNeil. Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice. InterVarsity Press, 2015. (135 pages) Igniting Reconciliation (https://www.saltermcneil.com/roadmap-to-reconciliation) REFLECTIONS In short, the topic, thrust, ethic, and aim of this book is brilliant, compelling, and extremely valuable. The style

Living In A Gray World | Reflections, Notes, and Critique

Preston Sprinkle. Living In A Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2015. (155 pages) Read the First Chapter. REFLECTIONS I won’t say much here, as I’ve already provided a critical review on Preston’s previous book, People To Be

Living In A Gray World | Reflections, Notes, and Critique

Preston Sprinkle. Living In A Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2015. (155 pages) Read the First Chapter. REFLECTIONS I won’t say much here, as I’ve already provided a critical review on Preston’s previous book, People To Be

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So you want to talk about race | Reflections & Notes

Ijeoma Oluo. So you want to talk about race. Seal Press, 2018. (248 pages) REFLECTIONS I have very few reflections to share simply because this book is incredibly articulate and accessible. I do resonate with @IjeomaOluo’s comments in her Google talk [the

/ Race

So you want to talk about race | Reflections & Notes

Ijeoma Oluo. So you want to talk about race. Seal Press, 2018. (248 pages) REFLECTIONS I have very few reflections to share simply because this book is incredibly articulate and accessible. I do resonate with @IjeomaOluo’s comments in her Google talk [the

TED | Kai-Fu Lee: How AI Can Save Our Humanity (Transcript & Reflections)

I’m going to talk about how AI and mankind can coexist, but first, we have to rethink about our human values. So let me first make a confession about my errors in my values. It was 11 o’clock, December 16,

TED | Kai-Fu Lee: How AI Can Save Our Humanity (Transcript & Reflections)

I’m going to talk about how AI and mankind can coexist, but first, we have to rethink about our human values. So let me first make a confession about my errors in my values. It was 11 o’clock, December 16,

The Myth of Certainty | Reflections & Notes

Daniel Taylor. The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & The Risk of Commitment. InterVarsity Press, 1992. (158 pages) MYTH-excerpt-pdfs-copy REFLECTIONS There is no other book I’ve read that has captured my spiritual journey and process as clearly as this one.

The Myth of Certainty | Reflections & Notes

Daniel Taylor. The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & The Risk of Commitment. InterVarsity Press, 1992. (158 pages) MYTH-excerpt-pdfs-copy REFLECTIONS There is no other book I’ve read that has captured my spiritual journey and process as clearly as this one.

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor | Reflections & Notes

Tren Griffin. Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor. Columbia University Press, 2015. (209 pages) REFLECTIONS I have always considered money to be a reflection of something more than mere dollars and cents. Add to that Yuval Noah Harari’s description of money as

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor | Reflections & Notes

Tren Griffin. Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor. Columbia University Press, 2015. (209 pages) REFLECTIONS I have always considered money to be a reflection of something more than mere dollars and cents. Add to that Yuval Noah Harari’s description of money as

Between XX and XY | Notes

Gerald N. Callahan, Ph.D. Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes. Chicago Review Press, 2009. (195 pages) NOTES Introduction Human sex is not something that switches irreversibly between two poles–male and female–like an on/off switch on a

Between XX and XY | Notes

Gerald N. Callahan, Ph.D. Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes. Chicago Review Press, 2009. (195 pages) NOTES Introduction Human sex is not something that switches irreversibly between two poles–male and female–like an on/off switch on a

The Amygdala Song

Brilliant. The Amygdala Song lyrics the amygdala’s a button in my limbic brain it’s really not complicated, i’ll explain: if something happens suddenly to do me harm my amygdala rings like a tiny alarm if a sabre-tooth tiger’s jumpin’ out

The Amygdala Song

Brilliant. The Amygdala Song lyrics the amygdala’s a button in my limbic brain it’s really not complicated, i’ll explain: if something happens suddenly to do me harm my amygdala rings like a tiny alarm if a sabre-tooth tiger’s jumpin’ out

I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye | Reflections

https://www.isurvivedikdg.com What if you gave millions of people the wrong advice? Reflections I can’t even imagine the emotional journey it must be to begin rethinking and apologizing for the work that so characterized the majority of one’s professional reputation. In

I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye | Reflections

https://www.isurvivedikdg.com What if you gave millions of people the wrong advice? Reflections I can’t even imagine the emotional journey it must be to begin rethinking and apologizing for the work that so characterized the majority of one’s professional reputation. In

Invested | Review & Highlights

Danielle Town & Phil Town. Invested: How warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money. William Morro, 2018. (319 pages) REVIEW 80-90% of this book is filled with personal anecdotes by Danielle on her

Invested | Review & Highlights

Danielle Town & Phil Town. Invested: How warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money. William Morro, 2018. (319 pages) REVIEW 80-90% of this book is filled with personal anecdotes by Danielle on her

Believed podcast | Reflections

REFLECTIONS This series is one of the most insightfully disturbing, tragically illuminating, and piercingly convicting podcasts I’ve listened to. The Larry Nassar case and story is no doubt about one man’s serial abuse of children and young women. It is

Believed podcast | Reflections

REFLECTIONS This series is one of the most insightfully disturbing, tragically illuminating, and piercingly convicting podcasts I’ve listened to. The Larry Nassar case and story is no doubt about one man’s serial abuse of children and young women. It is

TED | Douglas Rushkoff: Team Human

I got invited to an exclusive resort to deliver a talk about the digital future to what I assumed would be a couple of hundred tech executives. And I was there in the green room, waiting to go on, and

TED | Douglas Rushkoff: Team Human

I got invited to an exclusive resort to deliver a talk about the digital future to what I assumed would be a couple of hundred tech executives. And I was there in the green room, waiting to go on, and

TED | Robin Steinberg: What if we ended the injustice of bail?

“I hate injustice and simply can’t sit still when I see it.” TRANSCRIPT I will never forget the first time I visited a client in jail. The heavy, metal door slammed behind me, and I heard the key turn in

TED | Robin Steinberg: What if we ended the injustice of bail?

“I hate injustice and simply can’t sit still when I see it.” TRANSCRIPT I will never forget the first time I visited a client in jail. The heavy, metal door slammed behind me, and I heard the key turn in

Finite and Infinite Games | Notes

James P. Carse. Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility. Ballantine Books, 1986. (180 pages) The rules of the finite games may not change; the rules of an infinite game must change. Finite players play within boundaries;

Finite and Infinite Games | Notes

James P. Carse. Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility. Ballantine Books, 1986. (180 pages) The rules of the finite games may not change; the rules of an infinite game must change. Finite players play within boundaries;

Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children

Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children Robert D. Sege, Benjamin S. Siegel, COUNCIL ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH. Online article; Download PDF; Download PDF REFLECTIONS If reading How To Traumatize Your Children

Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children

Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children Robert D. Sege, Benjamin S. Siegel, COUNCIL ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH. Online article; Download PDF; Download PDF REFLECTIONS If reading How To Traumatize Your Children

The Facebook Dilemma | Reflections

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/facebook-dilemma/ REFLECTIONS This is an agonizing series of lessons on unintended consequences, optimistic naïveté, and how a mission and core values are ultimately subsumed under the gravity of the economics of your business model. A few thoughts. First, it is

The Facebook Dilemma | Reflections

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/facebook-dilemma/ REFLECTIONS This is an agonizing series of lessons on unintended consequences, optimistic naïveté, and how a mission and core values are ultimately subsumed under the gravity of the economics of your business model. A few thoughts. First, it is

The Elements of Style | Reflections & Notes

William Strunk Jr., and E.B. White. The Elements of Style. Third Edition. Macmillan Publishing Co., 1979. REFLECTIONS I read this little book as a quick educational intensive as I embark on the journey of writing. Rather than mere rules, however, I

The Elements of Style | Reflections & Notes

William Strunk Jr., and E.B. White. The Elements of Style. Third Edition. Macmillan Publishing Co., 1979. REFLECTIONS I read this little book as a quick educational intensive as I embark on the journey of writing. Rather than mere rules, however, I

The Triumph of Christianity | Reflections & Notes

Rodney Stark. The Triumph of Christianity: How The Jesus Movement Became The World’s Largest Religion. HarperOne, 2011. (506 pages) REFLECTIONS Religion is often stereotypically dismissed as myth. But what if the academic history told about religion is actually itself the myth? My

The Triumph of Christianity | Reflections & Notes

Rodney Stark. The Triumph of Christianity: How The Jesus Movement Became The World’s Largest Religion. HarperOne, 2011. (506 pages) REFLECTIONS Religion is often stereotypically dismissed as myth. But what if the academic history told about religion is actually itself the myth? My

Why Buddhism Is True | Review & Notes

Robert Wright. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (321 pages) REVIEW There still exists in some fundamental circles a fight for the validity of one’s religion over another. This “apologetic” ethic is quite

Why Buddhism Is True | Review & Notes

Robert Wright. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (321 pages) REVIEW There still exists in some fundamental circles a fight for the validity of one’s religion over another. This “apologetic” ethic is quite

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no

Reversing Roe | Reflections

Netflix. Reversing Roe. [NR, 2018] 99 minutes. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) Forty-five years after it revolutionized abortion law in America, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is once again at a crossroads. In their timely new

Reversing Roe | Reflections

Netflix. Reversing Roe. [NR, 2018] 99 minutes. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) Forty-five years after it revolutionized abortion law in America, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is once again at a crossroads. In their timely new

Enlightenment Now | Critical Reflections, Critical Reviews, & Notes

Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Penguin Random House, 2018. (556 pages) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS There are several possible approaches to the dilemma of this juncture in human history. Some panic. Some celebrate. Some hope and

Enlightenment Now | Critical Reflections, Critical Reviews, & Notes

Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Penguin Random House, 2018. (556 pages) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS There are several possible approaches to the dilemma of this juncture in human history. Some panic. Some celebrate. Some hope and

Disunity in Christ | Reflections & Notes

Christena Cleveland. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart. IVP Books, 2013. (220 pages) Reflections Reading this book was an exercise in feeling a continuous sense of despairing hope. First, this book was published in 2013, which means

Disunity in Christ | Reflections & Notes

Christena Cleveland. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart. IVP Books, 2013. (220 pages) Reflections Reading this book was an exercise in feeling a continuous sense of despairing hope. First, this book was published in 2013, which means

Talking Across The Divide | Review & Notes

Justin Lee. Talking Across The Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World. Tarcher Perigee, 2018. (259 pages) geekyjustin.com/tatd/; Penguin Random House publisher page REVIEW Oh how I wish that everyone who thinks arguing

Talking Across The Divide | Review & Notes

Justin Lee. Talking Across The Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World. Tarcher Perigee, 2018. (259 pages) geekyjustin.com/tatd/; Penguin Random House publisher page REVIEW Oh how I wish that everyone who thinks arguing