Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2012«

Onward | Review & Notes

May 30, 2012

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Howard Schultz, with Joanne Gordon. Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul. Rodale, 2011. (350 pages) http://www.starbucks.com/onward — VIA — Lessons abstracted are ethereal and often lost. Lessons in stories are vivid, palpable, moving, and memorable. It is the latter which makes this book so engaging. Schultz provides a surprisingly transparent […]

The Bible Made Impossible | Notes & Review

May 20, 2012

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Christian Smith. The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. Brazos Press, 2011 (220 pages) Other reviews: Experimental Theology blog; Rachel Held Evans blog; The Gospel Coalition; Reformation 21; Theoblogy (Tony Jones) – The Ailment, The Cure, The Fatal Flaw Introduction My contention here is that the American evangelical […]

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

May 17, 2012

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http://praythedevilbacktohell.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pray_the_Devil_Back_to_Hell Liberia, a West African country of 3 million people, was founded in 1847 by freed American slaves. Their descendants formed an elite class which dominated indigenous ethnic groups for more than a century. Rising tensions finally erupted into civil war in 1989. From then on, Liberians suffered a prolonged period of violence. At […]

Waiting For “Superman” – Community Discussion Guide | Notes & Responses

May 6, 2012

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Community Discussion Guide. http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/action/. — VIA — The Community Discussion Guide includes a whole host of resources such as websites, organizations, definitions, FAQ’s, and guidance for how to take action. The film does a good job highlighting and dramatizing the reality, but offers little in tangible “next-steps,” a reason to download and read the document […]

Why Evolution Is True | Notes & Review

May 6, 2012

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Jerry Coyne. Why Evolution Is True. Penguin, 2009. (282 pages) Preface …while the Dover trial is an American story, creationism isn’t a uniquely American problem. Creationists — who aren’t necessarily Christians — are establishing footholds in other parts of the world, especially the United Kingdom, Australia, and Turkey. The battle for evolution seems never-ending. And […]

Teenage Brains

May 4, 2012

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Published: October 2011 Beautiful Brains Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults. By David Dobbs, National Geographic Although you know your teenager takes some chances, it can be a shock to hear about […]