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Bacon…In Chocolate?! | Mo’s Bacon Bar

December 30, 2008

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Yes, this post is a “slight” departure from the issues I normally talk about in this blog. But, I guess I just needed to share this for posterity’s sake. “Santa” gave this to me for Christmas in my stocking. (Santa knows well my penchant for bacon). I recommend you pick one up, just for the […]

A Faith and Culture Devotional | Notes & Review

December 29, 2008

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Thanks to Zondervan for my pre-release “bloggers” copy. (All notes and comments refer to that edition.) Kelly Monroe Kullberg, and Lael Arrington. A Faith and Culture Devotional. Zondervan, 2008. (302 pages). www.CultureDevo.com A Review at BookNotes blog: http://www.heartsandmindsbooks.com/booknotes/a_faith_culture_devotional_dai/. iCrucified also received a pre-release copy. Set in very short (one or two page) readings, this 15 […]

Liturgy – The Tension Between Tradition and Innovation

December 27, 2008

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Over the holiday weekend our family attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa. Having attended a Lutheran Elementary school and church as a child, a twinge of nostalgia welled up inside of me. But coupled with that sense of nostalgia was the sense of missing out on the dramas, the more contemporary styles of music…the […]

Blink | Notes & Review

December 27, 2008

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Malcolm Gladwell. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Back Bay Books, 2005. (296 pages) “Thin-Slicing,” being “Fast and Frugal,” refers to the “ability of our unconscious to find patterns in situations and behavior based on very narrow slices of experience.” (23) In this opening chapter, Gladwell illustrates how this kind of “snap decision” making […]

Time to Reboot America

December 26, 2008

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Another thought provoking Op-Ed article from Thomas Friedman. Here’s the brunt of his rant: My fellow Americans, we can’t continue in this mode of “Dumb as we wanna be.” We’ve indulged ourselves for too long with tax cuts that we can’t afford, bailouts of auto companies that have become giant wealth-destruction machines, energy prices that […]

Evolution | Notes & Review

December 26, 2008

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This 4-part, 8 hour series by PBS and WBGH is a fascinating and well-done production that charts through the issue of evolution, its development and socio-cultural implications. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/index.html Part 1, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea Darwin’s Dangerous Idea charts the, shall we say, the “evolution” of Darwin’s ideas and thoughts in and through the science community in […]

The Challenge of Jesus | Notes & Review

December 25, 2008

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N.T. Wright. The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1999. (202 pages). “Just as integrity demands that we think clearly and rigorously about Jesus himself, so it also demands that we think clearly and rigorously about the world in which we follow him today, the world we […]