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Work Pray Code | Reflections & Notes

Carolyn Chen. Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley. Princeton University Press, 2022. (254 pages) REFLECTIONS As a resident of Silicon Valley (SV) and a professor of theology of worship for a decade and a half at a

Work Pray Code | Reflections & Notes

Carolyn Chen. Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley. Princeton University Press, 2022. (254 pages) REFLECTIONS As a resident of Silicon Valley (SV) and a professor of theology of worship for a decade and a half at a

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly | Reflections & Notes

Jean-Dominique Bauby. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death. Vintage International, 1997. (132 pages) REFLECTIONS I am somewhat ashamed to confess that the mere thought of being fully conscious and completely physically incapacitated terrifies me. Reading

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly | Reflections & Notes

Jean-Dominique Bauby. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death. Vintage International, 1997. (132 pages) REFLECTIONS I am somewhat ashamed to confess that the mere thought of being fully conscious and completely physically incapacitated terrifies me. Reading

How to Live at the End of the World | Reflections & Notes

Travis Holloway. How to Live at the End of the World: Theory, Art, and Politics for the Anthropocene. Stanford University Press, 2022. (130 pages) REFLECTIONS The ominous phrase “the end of the world” evokes despair. But as climate change and ecological

How to Live at the End of the World | Reflections & Notes

Travis Holloway. How to Live at the End of the World: Theory, Art, and Politics for the Anthropocene. Stanford University Press, 2022. (130 pages) REFLECTIONS The ominous phrase “the end of the world” evokes despair. But as climate change and ecological

Loving the Least of These | Reflections & Critical Review

National Association of Evangelicals. Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Environment. 2022. REFLECTIONS For those despairing at the paltry, and in some cases, antagonistic religious response to the climate crisis, this document may offer some satisfaction. Written by and

Loving the Least of These | Reflections & Critical Review

National Association of Evangelicals. Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Environment. 2022. REFLECTIONS For those despairing at the paltry, and in some cases, antagonistic religious response to the climate crisis, this document may offer some satisfaction. Written by and

The Doors of Perception / Heaven and Hell | Reflections & Notes

Aldous Huxley. The Doors of Perception / Heaven and Hell. Harper Colophon, 1963. (185 pages) REFLECTIONS I’m finding more and more the problem of words, the primary vehicle of communication and the fundamental betrayer of truth, perception, and experience. How could

The Doors of Perception / Heaven and Hell | Reflections & Notes

Aldous Huxley. The Doors of Perception / Heaven and Hell. Harper Colophon, 1963. (185 pages) REFLECTIONS I’m finding more and more the problem of words, the primary vehicle of communication and the fundamental betrayer of truth, perception, and experience. How could

I Am Greta | Reflections

I Am Greta [2020] REFLECTIONS Compelled by a calling, living with Asperger’s, and acting at the intersection of the most critical issues of our generation, Greta Thunberg has become the most known and recognizable face and voice of the global

I Am Greta | Reflections

I Am Greta [2020] REFLECTIONS Compelled by a calling, living with Asperger’s, and acting at the intersection of the most critical issues of our generation, Greta Thunberg has become the most known and recognizable face and voice of the global

Youth v. Gov | Reflections & Resources

Youth v. Gov [2020] REFLECTIONS This film evoked in me the most sublime of all human experiences, being profoundly inspired and infuriatingly broken-hearted all at the same time. The voices of activist youth who are supported and resourced by adults

Youth v. Gov | Reflections & Resources

Youth v. Gov [2020] REFLECTIONS This film evoked in me the most sublime of all human experiences, being profoundly inspired and infuriatingly broken-hearted all at the same time. The voices of activist youth who are supported and resourced by adults

God & Golem, Inc. | Reflections & Notes

Norbert Wiener. God & Golem, Inc.: A Comment on Certain Points where Cybernetics Impinges on Religion. The M.I.T. Press, 1964. (99 pages) REFLECTIONS I discovered this book through Meghan O’Gieblyn’s (meghanogieblyn.com) article “Can Social Media Be Redeemed?” Reading decades-old prescience is

God & Golem, Inc. | Reflections & Notes

Norbert Wiener. God & Golem, Inc.: A Comment on Certain Points where Cybernetics Impinges on Religion. The M.I.T. Press, 1964. (99 pages) REFLECTIONS I discovered this book through Meghan O’Gieblyn’s (meghanogieblyn.com) article “Can Social Media Be Redeemed?” Reading decades-old prescience is

TED | Tzeporah Berman: The bad math of the fossil fuel industry

Canada’s great northern forests, they’re the place of my heart. They hold 25 percent of the Earth’s wetlands. And they’re the nesting and breeding ground of the majority of North America’s songbirds. They’re the traditional territories of hundreds of Indigenous

TED | Tzeporah Berman: The bad math of the fossil fuel industry

Canada’s great northern forests, they’re the place of my heart. They hold 25 percent of the Earth’s wetlands. And they’re the nesting and breeding ground of the majority of North America’s songbirds. They’re the traditional territories of hundreds of Indigenous

Bad Faith | Reflections & Notes

Randall Balmer. Bad Faith: Race and The Rise of the Religious Right. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2021. (120 pages) REFLECTIONS I have been waiting for this book ever since Balmer’s 2014 Politico Magazine article and this talk at Emory University on

Bad Faith | Reflections & Notes

Randall Balmer. Bad Faith: Race and The Rise of the Religious Right. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2021. (120 pages) REFLECTIONS I have been waiting for this book ever since Balmer’s 2014 Politico Magazine article and this talk at Emory University on

The Genetic Lottery | Reflections & Notes

Kathryn Paige Harden. The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality. Princeton University Press, 2021. (300 pages) REFLECTIONS Absolutely brilliant! There are occasions in life when the split between science and ethics converges into a synthesis of understanding that compels

The Genetic Lottery | Reflections & Notes

Kathryn Paige Harden. The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality. Princeton University Press, 2021. (300 pages) REFLECTIONS Absolutely brilliant! There are occasions in life when the split between science and ethics converges into a synthesis of understanding that compels

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Announcing! Via Media

To my vialogue & viamuse followers, You are invited to a major project that has been years in the making. The ideas and perspectives we have accumulated over the years from all the books and insights posted on this blog

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Announcing! Via Media

To my vialogue & viamuse followers, You are invited to a major project that has been years in the making. The ideas and perspectives we have accumulated over the years from all the books and insights posted on this blog

Attached To God | Reflections & Notes

Krispin Mayfield. Attached To God: A Practical Guide To Deeper Spiritual Experience. Zondervan Books, 2022. (234 pages / 3367 Locations) REFLECTIONS I have been engaged with attachment theory for decades. I’ve wrestled with RAD—Reactive Attachment Disorder—in and through personal relationships, adoption

Attached To God | Reflections & Notes

Krispin Mayfield. Attached To God: A Practical Guide To Deeper Spiritual Experience. Zondervan Books, 2022. (234 pages / 3367 Locations) REFLECTIONS I have been engaged with attachment theory for decades. I’ve wrestled with RAD—Reactive Attachment Disorder—in and through personal relationships, adoption

After Evangelicalism | Reflections & Notes

David Gushee. After Evangelicalism: The Path to a New Christianity. Westminster John Knox Press, 2020. (225 pages) REFLECTIONS For many, there is a deep need for a public saying of things that have been sensed or felt but couldn’t be voiced

After Evangelicalism | Reflections & Notes

David Gushee. After Evangelicalism: The Path to a New Christianity. Westminster John Knox Press, 2020. (225 pages) REFLECTIONS For many, there is a deep need for a public saying of things that have been sensed or felt but couldn’t be voiced

Live Just.ly | Reflections & Notes

Jason Fileta, ed. Live Justly: Global. Micah Challenge USA, 2017. (139 pages) [Download a .pdf version of this book here.] REFLECTIONS In some expressions of Christianity—if one could over-generalize—there is something terribly broken in Christian theology that has bifurcated and obfuscated

Live Just.ly | Reflections & Notes

Jason Fileta, ed. Live Justly: Global. Micah Challenge USA, 2017. (139 pages) [Download a .pdf version of this book here.] REFLECTIONS In some expressions of Christianity—if one could over-generalize—there is something terribly broken in Christian theology that has bifurcated and obfuscated

Analog Church | Reflections & Notes

Jay Y. Kim. Analog Church: Why We Need Real People, Places, and Things in the Digital Age. IVP, 2020. (205 pages / 2900 locations) REFLECTIONS There is no going back. We live in an electrified, digitized, and “data-fied” world and it

Analog Church | Reflections & Notes

Jay Y. Kim. Analog Church: Why We Need Real People, Places, and Things in the Digital Age. IVP, 2020. (205 pages / 2900 locations) REFLECTIONS There is no going back. We live in an electrified, digitized, and “data-fied” world and it

The Ministry for the Future | Reflections & Notes

Kim Stanley Robinson. The Ministry for the Future. Orbit, 2020. (563 pages) REFLECTIONS The most important and influential factor in the climate crisis is not the level of CO2 in the atmosphere. It is the behavior of humans in the systems

The Ministry for the Future | Reflections & Notes

Kim Stanley Robinson. The Ministry for the Future. Orbit, 2020. (563 pages) REFLECTIONS The most important and influential factor in the climate crisis is not the level of CO2 in the atmosphere. It is the behavior of humans in the systems

How to Change Your Mind | Reflections & Notes

Michael Pollan. How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. Penguin Random House, 2018. (465 pages) REFLECTIONS When discussing psychedelics with my family and social circles, there has been

How to Change Your Mind | Reflections & Notes

Michael Pollan. How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. Penguin Random House, 2018. (465 pages) REFLECTIONS When discussing psychedelics with my family and social circles, there has been

How to Save our Planet | Reflections & Clips

Mark Maslin. How to Save Our Planet: The Facts. Penguin Life, 2021. (243 pages) REFLECTIONS The incredibly frustrating epistemic dilemma of our human psychology is that we don’t believe facts. Rather, we construct our worldviews based on stories and narratives. We

How to Save our Planet | Reflections & Clips

Mark Maslin. How to Save Our Planet: The Facts. Penguin Life, 2021. (243 pages) REFLECTIONS The incredibly frustrating epistemic dilemma of our human psychology is that we don’t believe facts. Rather, we construct our worldviews based on stories and narratives. We

Presence | Reflections & Notes

Amy Cuddy. Presence: Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges. Orion Publishing, 2016. (343 pages) REFLECTIONS I am in the process of transitioning my vocation and work to a new endeavor that has me full of trepidation, uncertainty, self-doubt,

Presence | Reflections & Notes

Amy Cuddy. Presence: Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges. Orion Publishing, 2016. (343 pages) REFLECTIONS I am in the process of transitioning my vocation and work to a new endeavor that has me full of trepidation, uncertainty, self-doubt,

The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture | Reflections & Notes

Yoram Hazony. The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture. Cambridge University Press, 2012. (379 pages) REFLECTIONS Absolutely brilliant! This is one of those books that I wish was mandated for all Bible students at all levels. Should more readers—specifically Western-minded—engage with and seriously

The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture | Reflections & Notes

Yoram Hazony. The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture. Cambridge University Press, 2012. (379 pages) REFLECTIONS Absolutely brilliant! This is one of those books that I wish was mandated for all Bible students at all levels. Should more readers—specifically Western-minded—engage with and seriously

From A Whisper To A Rallying Cry | Reflections & Highlights

Paula Yoo. From A Whisper To A Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement. Norton Young Readers, 2021. (374 pages) REFLECTIONS I bought this book at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. I

From A Whisper To A Rallying Cry | Reflections & Highlights

Paula Yoo. From A Whisper To A Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement. Norton Young Readers, 2021. (374 pages) REFLECTIONS I bought this book at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. I

Don’t Look Up | Reflections

Don’t Look Up. 2021, [R]. (Minor spoilers below) [We] just watched this. Highly recommend. (But now I need a drink!) —email from good friends, Tuesday, December 28, 2021 REFLECTIONS THE PARABLE IS TRUE For millennia, teachers, sages, jesters, and movie

Don’t Look Up | Reflections

Don’t Look Up. 2021, [R]. (Minor spoilers below) [We] just watched this. Highly recommend. (But now I need a drink!) —email from good friends, Tuesday, December 28, 2021 REFLECTIONS THE PARABLE IS TRUE For millennia, teachers, sages, jesters, and movie

Critical Race Theory | Reflections & Notes

Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. [Third Edition]. New York University Press, 2017. (199 pages) REFLECTIONS Our cultural debate around Critical Race Theory (CRT) has deeply clouded and damaged our collective consciousness around race relations in America.

Critical Race Theory | Reflections & Notes

Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. [Third Edition]. New York University Press, 2017. (199 pages) REFLECTIONS Our cultural debate around Critical Race Theory (CRT) has deeply clouded and damaged our collective consciousness around race relations in America.

The Future We Choose | Reflections & Notes

Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis. Vintage Books, 2020. (210 pages) REFLECTIONS I have observed a fairly robust debate on the role that “optimism” plays in the face of pending

The Future We Choose | Reflections & Notes

Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis. Vintage Books, 2020. (210 pages) REFLECTIONS I have observed a fairly robust debate on the role that “optimism” plays in the face of pending

Tao Te Ching | Reflections & Text

Lao Tzu. Tao Te Ching: The Book Of The Way. Ancient Renewal / Sam Torode, 2021 (94 pages) REFLECTIONS Of the different kinds of spiritual teachings in existence, Taoism may be the most axiomatic; easily read, and mystically understood. There is

Tao Te Ching | Reflections & Text

Lao Tzu. Tao Te Ching: The Book Of The Way. Ancient Renewal / Sam Torode, 2021 (94 pages) REFLECTIONS Of the different kinds of spiritual teachings in existence, Taoism may be the most axiomatic; easily read, and mystically understood. There is

The Epic of Gilgamesh | Reflections & Notes

Andrew George. The Epic of Gilgamesh: The Babylonian Epic Poem and Other Texts in Akkadian and Sumerian, Second Edition. Penguin Books, 2020. (228 pages) REFLECTIONS When I first heard of the Epic of Gilgamesh, it was in reference to the “Noah’s

The Epic of Gilgamesh | Reflections & Notes

Andrew George. The Epic of Gilgamesh: The Babylonian Epic Poem and Other Texts in Akkadian and Sumerian, Second Edition. Penguin Books, 2020. (228 pages) REFLECTIONS When I first heard of the Epic of Gilgamesh, it was in reference to the “Noah’s

The Lightless Sky | Reflections & Highlights

Gulwali Passarlay. The Lightless Sky: An Afghan Refugee Boy’s Journey of Escape To A New Life in Britain. Atlantic Books, 2015. (365 pages) REFLECTIONS Heartbreaking, enlightening, and infuriating, this can’t-put-down tear-jerking dramatic memoir of Gulwali Passarlay’s journey from Afghanistan to

The Lightless Sky | Reflections & Highlights

Gulwali Passarlay. The Lightless Sky: An Afghan Refugee Boy’s Journey of Escape To A New Life in Britain. Atlantic Books, 2015. (365 pages) REFLECTIONS Heartbreaking, enlightening, and infuriating, this can’t-put-down tear-jerking dramatic memoir of Gulwali Passarlay’s journey from Afghanistan to

Kiss The Ground | Reflections

Kiss The Ground, [https://kissthegroundmovie.com/] “Human beings emerged in paradise. If we restore all the degraded land on earth, we can return to paradise. If we start now to build a restoration economy, a regeneration economy, this is the way forward.

Kiss The Ground | Reflections

Kiss The Ground, [https://kissthegroundmovie.com/] “Human beings emerged in paradise. If we restore all the degraded land on earth, we can return to paradise. If we start now to build a restoration economy, a regeneration economy, this is the way forward.

Fauci | Reflections

To think that you can take care of yourself without taking care of the rest of the world, is just folly. —Dr. Anthony Fauci Fauci. Magnolia Pictures, 2021. [PG-13] From Rotten Tomatoes: “With his signature blend of scientific acumen, candor and

Fauci | Reflections

To think that you can take care of yourself without taking care of the rest of the world, is just folly. —Dr. Anthony Fauci Fauci. Magnolia Pictures, 2021. [PG-13] From Rotten Tomatoes: “With his signature blend of scientific acumen, candor and

A Bigger Picture | Reflections & Notes

Vanessa Nakate. A Bigger Picture: My Fight To Bring A New African Voice to the Climate Crisis. One Boat / Pan Macmillan, 2021. (253 pages) REFLECTIONS This may be one of the first books I’ve read in which I truly felt

A Bigger Picture | Reflections & Notes

Vanessa Nakate. A Bigger Picture: My Fight To Bring A New African Voice to the Climate Crisis. One Boat / Pan Macmillan, 2021. (253 pages) REFLECTIONS This may be one of the first books I’ve read in which I truly felt

I Am Henry Finch | Reflections

Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz (Illustrator). I Am Henry Finch. REFLECTIONS I delight in children’s books that introduce the deep thinking of humanity’s struggle. This particular one touched on a broad range of philosophies including René Descartes and skeptical reductionism,

I Am Henry Finch | Reflections

Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz (Illustrator). I Am Henry Finch. REFLECTIONS I delight in children’s books that introduce the deep thinking of humanity’s struggle. This particular one touched on a broad range of philosophies including René Descartes and skeptical reductionism,

Out of the Wreckage | Reflections & Notes

George Monbiot. Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics For An Age of Crisis. Verso, 2017. (214 pages) Nations and peoples are largely the stories they feed themselves. If they tell themselves stories that are lies, they will suffer the future

Out of the Wreckage | Reflections & Notes

George Monbiot. Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics For An Age of Crisis. Verso, 2017. (214 pages) Nations and peoples are largely the stories they feed themselves. If they tell themselves stories that are lies, they will suffer the future

Conscious | Reflections & Notes

Annaka Harris. Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind. Harper, 2019. (130 pages) REFLECTIONS I have suggested there are two main problems that still plague human understanding: How did chemistry become biology, and how did biology become

Conscious | Reflections & Notes

Annaka Harris. Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind. Harper, 2019. (130 pages) REFLECTIONS I have suggested there are two main problems that still plague human understanding: How did chemistry become biology, and how did biology become

Web of Life | Reflections & Notes

Fritjof Capra. The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding o| Varela and his colleagues argue that thef Living Systems. Anchor Books, 1996. (347 pages) REFLECTIONS There is an emerging cognitive and spiritual revolution that can no longer be dismissed as

Web of Life | Reflections & Notes

Fritjof Capra. The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding o| Varela and his colleagues argue that thef Living Systems. Anchor Books, 1996. (347 pages) REFLECTIONS There is an emerging cognitive and spiritual revolution that can no longer be dismissed as

Squid Game, Cain & Abel, and Where We Go From Here | Reflections

  Reflections Capitalism as murder, and greed as a determined and inevitable dystopian ruse are perhaps the most obvious messages of Squid Game, an allegory of our modern society consumed by consumption. If we are perceptive and receptive enough, we

Squid Game, Cain & Abel, and Where We Go From Here | Reflections

  Reflections Capitalism as murder, and greed as a determined and inevitable dystopian ruse are perhaps the most obvious messages of Squid Game, an allegory of our modern society consumed by consumption. If we are perceptive and receptive enough, we

Jane Goodall: The Hope | Reflections

“Together We Can. Together We Will!” REFLECTIONS When you persist in searching out life’s greatest solutions, eventually you will come to understand two truths. One, the solutions are simple. Two, the solutions are the same. It is essentially a default

Jane Goodall: The Hope | Reflections

“Together We Can. Together We Will!” REFLECTIONS When you persist in searching out life’s greatest solutions, eventually you will come to understand two truths. One, the solutions are simple. Two, the solutions are the same. It is essentially a default

Saving Us | Reflections & Notes

Katharine Hayhoe. Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. One Signal Publishers | Atria, 2021. (307 pages) REFLECTIONS Absolutely brilliant. At the risk of sounding hyperbolically grandiose, this may be one of the most

Saving Us | Reflections & Notes

Katharine Hayhoe. Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. One Signal Publishers | Atria, 2021. (307 pages) REFLECTIONS Absolutely brilliant. At the risk of sounding hyperbolically grandiose, this may be one of the most

The Web of Meaning | Reflections & Notes

Jeremy Lent. The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom To Find Our Place In The Universe. REFLECTIONS The incredible sweep of this book is a beautiful vision of humanity through the lens of a fierce analysis of all the

The Web of Meaning | Reflections & Notes

Jeremy Lent. The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom To Find Our Place In The Universe. REFLECTIONS The incredible sweep of this book is a beautiful vision of humanity through the lens of a fierce analysis of all the

The God Equation | Reflections & Notes

Michio Kaku. The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything. Doubleday, 2021. (225 pages) REFLECTIONS Much like the moniker, the “God Particle,” “The God Equation” is perhaps more rhetorical than descriptive. Nonetheless, it is still provocative. For one does

The God Equation | Reflections & Notes

Michio Kaku. The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything. Doubleday, 2021. (225 pages) REFLECTIONS Much like the moniker, the “God Particle,” “The God Equation” is perhaps more rhetorical than descriptive. Nonetheless, it is still provocative. For one does

The New Climate War | Reflections & Notes

Michael E. Mann. The New Climate War: The Fight To Take Back Our Planet. Public Affairs / Hachette Book Group, 2021. (351 pages) REFLECTIONS Urgency AND Agency There is a principle in conflict management work that states, essentially, there is no

The New Climate War | Reflections & Notes

Michael E. Mann. The New Climate War: The Fight To Take Back Our Planet. Public Affairs / Hachette Book Group, 2021. (351 pages) REFLECTIONS Urgency AND Agency There is a principle in conflict management work that states, essentially, there is no

The Bed of Procrustes | Reflections & Notes

Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms. Random House, 2016. (156 pages) REFLECTIONS As the glut of information has coincided with a decline in wisdom and principles, we spiral in a doom loop of ignorance compounded by

The Bed of Procrustes | Reflections & Notes

Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms. Random House, 2016. (156 pages) REFLECTIONS As the glut of information has coincided with a decline in wisdom and principles, we spiral in a doom loop of ignorance compounded by

Why You’re Christian | Reflections

I am blessed with tremendous people in my life who I deeply respect. And when one of those friends sends me an essay with the question, “What says you about this piece?” I honor their pitch. Below is the full

Why You’re Christian | Reflections

I am blessed with tremendous people in my life who I deeply respect. And when one of those friends sends me an essay with the question, “What says you about this piece?” I honor their pitch. Below is the full

When The Body Says No | Reflections & Notes

Gabor Maté. When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection. 2003. (306 pages) “It is not to see something first, but to establish solid connections between the previously known and the hitherto unknown, that constitutes the essence of scientific discovery.

When The Body Says No | Reflections & Notes

Gabor Maté. When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection. 2003. (306 pages) “It is not to see something first, but to establish solid connections between the previously known and the hitherto unknown, that constitutes the essence of scientific discovery.

The Patterning Instinct | Reflections & Notes

Jeremy Lent. The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning. Prometheus Books, 2017. (569 pages) REFLECTIONS @JeremyRLent has given humanity an absolutely brilliant gift in this book. May we now use and share this gift wisely. The

The Patterning Instinct | Reflections & Notes

Jeremy Lent. The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning. Prometheus Books, 2017. (569 pages) REFLECTIONS @JeremyRLent has given humanity an absolutely brilliant gift in this book. May we now use and share this gift wisely. The

What Happened To You? | Reflections & Notes

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph. D. Oprah Winfrey. What Happened To You? Conversations On Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. Flatiron Books, 2021. (301 pages) REFLECTIONS In true Western-minded form, it would be easy to categorize this book—and the subject—as about “trauma,”

What Happened To You? | Reflections & Notes

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph. D. Oprah Winfrey. What Happened To You? Conversations On Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. Flatiron Books, 2021. (301 pages) REFLECTIONS In true Western-minded form, it would be easy to categorize this book—and the subject—as about “trauma,”

American Born Chinese | Reflections

Gene Luen Yang. American Born Chinese. First Second, 2006, 2021. REFLECTIONS There are some books that are brilliant for their ideas. Then there are some books that are brilliant for the experiences they bring and share with the reader. Then there

American Born Chinese | Reflections

Gene Luen Yang. American Born Chinese. First Second, 2006, 2021. REFLECTIONS There are some books that are brilliant for their ideas. Then there are some books that are brilliant for the experiences they bring and share with the reader. Then there

Manifesto for a Moral Revolution | Reflections & Notes

Jaqueline Novogratz. Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World. Henry Holt and Company, 2020. (259 pages) REFLECTIONS Leadership is still popularly understood fundamentally as the ability to achieve, the fact that one has skills to attain a goal.

Manifesto for a Moral Revolution | Reflections & Notes

Jaqueline Novogratz. Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World. Henry Holt and Company, 2020. (259 pages) REFLECTIONS Leadership is still popularly understood fundamentally as the ability to achieve, the fact that one has skills to attain a goal.

Let Creation Rejoice | Reflections & Notes

Jonathan A. Moo & Robert S. White. Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis. IV Press, 2014. (187 pages) REFLECTIONS I frequently get frustrated at the many hindrances that humans construct against the truth. Some of those hindrances are data-driven

Let Creation Rejoice | Reflections & Notes

Jonathan A. Moo & Robert S. White. Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis. IV Press, 2014. (187 pages) REFLECTIONS I frequently get frustrated at the many hindrances that humans construct against the truth. Some of those hindrances are data-driven

Why We Love Dogs Eat Pigs and Wear Cows | Reflections & Notes

Melanie Joy. Why We Love Dogs Eat Pigs and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others. Conari Press, 2010. (204 pages) REFLECTIONS Never have I disagreed so much with

Why We Love Dogs Eat Pigs and Wear Cows | Reflections & Notes

Melanie Joy. Why We Love Dogs Eat Pigs and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others. Conari Press, 2010. (204 pages) REFLECTIONS Never have I disagreed so much with

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The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity | Reflections & Notes

Carlo M. Cipolla. The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity. Società editrice il Mulino Spa, 2011. (81 pages) REFLECTIONS It ought to be agreeable to use offensive colloquialisms, for sometimes they are truly the only words that accurately describe our realities.

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The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity | Reflections & Notes

Carlo M. Cipolla. The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity. Società editrice il Mulino Spa, 2011. (81 pages) REFLECTIONS It ought to be agreeable to use offensive colloquialisms, for sometimes they are truly the only words that accurately describe our realities.

Welcoming the Stranger | Reflections & Notes

Matthew Soerens & Jenny Yang. Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate. 2018 [Revised and Expanded]. (274 pages) evangelicalimmigrationtable.com; worldrelief.org REFLECTIONS Welcoming the Stranger is thoughtfully measured, data-driven, theologically robust, politically non-partisan, solutions-oriented, and story-filled. The authors

Welcoming the Stranger | Reflections & Notes

Matthew Soerens & Jenny Yang. Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate. 2018 [Revised and Expanded]. (274 pages) evangelicalimmigrationtable.com; worldrelief.org REFLECTIONS Welcoming the Stranger is thoughtfully measured, data-driven, theologically robust, politically non-partisan, solutions-oriented, and story-filled. The authors

The Black Swan | Reflections & Notes

Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. Random House, 2007. (366 pages) REFLECTIONS It seems like such a simple proposition; life is improbable, and so celebrate each moment, and do not be fooled into believing we

The Black Swan | Reflections & Notes

Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. Random House, 2007. (366 pages) REFLECTIONS It seems like such a simple proposition; life is improbable, and so celebrate each moment, and do not be fooled into believing we

The Hill We Climb | Reflections & Transcript

Amanda Gorman. The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country. Viking, 2021 (29 pages) REFLECTIONS The last several inaugural seasons—since 2009—have felt historic, not just that we are progressing through time, but because it feels as if significant shifts

The Hill We Climb | Reflections & Transcript

Amanda Gorman. The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country. Viking, 2021 (29 pages) REFLECTIONS The last several inaugural seasons—since 2009—have felt historic, not just that we are progressing through time, but because it feels as if significant shifts

Reparations | Reflections & Notes

Duke L. Kwon and Gregory Thompson. Reparations: A Christian Call For Repentance and Repair. Brazos Press, 2021 (255 pages) REFLECTIONS It is incredibly frustrating how a simple virtue like reparations can be so easily spoiled, disparaged, and weaponized by sensationalized punditry.

Reparations | Reflections & Notes

Duke L. Kwon and Gregory Thompson. Reparations: A Christian Call For Repentance and Repair. Brazos Press, 2021 (255 pages) REFLECTIONS It is incredibly frustrating how a simple virtue like reparations can be so easily spoiled, disparaged, and weaponized by sensationalized punditry.

Encountering Jesus in the Real World of the Gospels | Reflections & Notes

Cyndi Parker. Encountering Jesus in the Real World of the Gospels. Hendrickson, 2021. (224 pages). https://www.narrativeofplace.com REFLECTIONS I was taught, as a student in Bible college, that the chronological gap between the Old and New Testaments was clearly explained as a

Encountering Jesus in the Real World of the Gospels | Reflections & Notes

Cyndi Parker. Encountering Jesus in the Real World of the Gospels. Hendrickson, 2021. (224 pages). https://www.narrativeofplace.com REFLECTIONS I was taught, as a student in Bible college, that the chronological gap between the Old and New Testaments was clearly explained as a

the deepest well | Reflections & Notes

Nadine Burke Harris, M.D. the deepest well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. Mariner Books, 2019. (251 pages) REFLECTIONS I have often wondered if I read books, not to discover the world, but to discover myself. Becoming more informed has

the deepest well | Reflections & Notes

Nadine Burke Harris, M.D. the deepest well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. Mariner Books, 2019. (251 pages) REFLECTIONS I have often wondered if I read books, not to discover the world, but to discover myself. Becoming more informed has

How To Avoid A Climate Disaster | Reflections & Notes

Bill Gates. How To Avoid A Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need. Knopf, 2021. (272 pages) Download the tables here. REFLECTIONS I believe it was Bill Gates who said (and I think I’m paraphrasing here), “If

How To Avoid A Climate Disaster | Reflections & Notes

Bill Gates. How To Avoid A Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need. Knopf, 2021. (272 pages) Download the tables here. REFLECTIONS I believe it was Bill Gates who said (and I think I’m paraphrasing here), “If

Plastic Wars | Reflections

Plastic Wars | Frontline PBS. March, 2020 DAVID ALLAWAY: Science tells us that we need to significantly reduce our use of materials overall, and yet for the most part, the policymakers are still focused with laserlike intensity on recycling. There’s

Plastic Wars | Reflections

Plastic Wars | Frontline PBS. March, 2020 DAVID ALLAWAY: Science tells us that we need to significantly reduce our use of materials overall, and yet for the most part, the policymakers are still focused with laserlike intensity on recycling. There’s

Another Gospel? | Reflections, Notes, & Critical Review

Alisa Childers. Another Gospel? A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity. Tyndale Momentum, 2020. (267 pages) REFLECTIONS This is an incredibly thoughtful, well-research, well-cited, and heartfelt book that is compelling, personal, and extremely relevant to our current

Another Gospel? | Reflections, Notes, & Critical Review

Alisa Childers. Another Gospel? A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity. Tyndale Momentum, 2020. (267 pages) REFLECTIONS This is an incredibly thoughtful, well-research, well-cited, and heartfelt book that is compelling, personal, and extremely relevant to our current

The Misinformation Age | Reflections & Notes

Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall. The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread. REFLECTIONS I began this book hoping to discover the formulaic insights to better our private and public understanding of truth as I am persuaded that at the heart

The Misinformation Age | Reflections & Notes

Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall. The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread. REFLECTIONS I began this book hoping to discover the formulaic insights to better our private and public understanding of truth as I am persuaded that at the heart

China’s COVID Secrets | Reflections

China’s COVID Secrets. PBS Frontline, 2021. REFLECTIONS There is an understandable reticence to being critical of China given the context of a United States president’s trafficking in racial and racist tropes and epithets. This is the analytical side of the

China’s COVID Secrets | Reflections

China’s COVID Secrets. PBS Frontline, 2021. REFLECTIONS There is an understandable reticence to being critical of China given the context of a United States president’s trafficking in racial and racist tropes and epithets. This is the analytical side of the

a climate for change | Reflections & Notes

Katharine Hayhoe, Andrew Farley. a climate for change: global warming facts for faith-based decisions. [Advance Reading Copy] FaithWords, 2009. (206 pages) REFLECTIONS Brenda Russell wrote a song in 1988 entitled “Get Here” which has this famous line, “I don’t care how

a climate for change | Reflections & Notes

Katharine Hayhoe, Andrew Farley. a climate for change: global warming facts for faith-based decisions. [Advance Reading Copy] FaithWords, 2009. (206 pages) REFLECTIONS Brenda Russell wrote a song in 1988 entitled “Get Here” which has this famous line, “I don’t care how

Jesus and John Wayne | Reflections & Notes

Kristin Kobes Du Mez. Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2020. (356 pages) WWNorton’s book page; KristinDuMez.com book page; NPR Author interview; REFLECTIONS In 1997 I began dating a woman

Jesus and John Wayne | Reflections & Notes

Kristin Kobes Du Mez. Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2020. (356 pages) WWNorton’s book page; KristinDuMez.com book page; NPR Author interview; REFLECTIONS In 1997 I began dating a woman

How To Fight Racism | Reflections & Notes

Jemar Tisby. How To Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice. Zondervan, 2021. (227 pages) REFLECTIONS How To Fight Racism, Jemar’s follow up to The Color of Compromise is personal, highly accessible, immediately applicable, and quite hopeful. He is

How To Fight Racism | Reflections & Notes

Jemar Tisby. How To Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice. Zondervan, 2021. (227 pages) REFLECTIONS How To Fight Racism, Jemar’s follow up to The Color of Compromise is personal, highly accessible, immediately applicable, and quite hopeful. He is

Live Not By Lies | Critical Review & Notes

Rod Dreher. Live Not By Lies: A Manual For Christian Dissidents. Sentinel, 2020. (240 pages) REFLECTIONS To sum, the subject of Dreher’s thesis—live by the truth, the blessing of suffering, the disdain for mere therapeutic religion, the resistance against totalitarianism, the critique

Live Not By Lies | Critical Review & Notes

Rod Dreher. Live Not By Lies: A Manual For Christian Dissidents. Sentinel, 2020. (240 pages) REFLECTIONS To sum, the subject of Dreher’s thesis—live by the truth, the blessing of suffering, the disdain for mere therapeutic religion, the resistance against totalitarianism, the critique

All We Can Save | Reflections & Notes

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson. All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis. One World, 2020. (418 pages) My heart is moved by all I cannot save:so much has been destroyed I have to

All We Can Save | Reflections & Notes

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson. All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis. One World, 2020. (418 pages) My heart is moved by all I cannot save:so much has been destroyed I have to

Critical Theory | Reflections & Notes

Stephen Eric Bronner. Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, 2011, 2017. (140 pages) REFLECTIONS When recent conversational trends around Critical Theory [CT] (and specifically, Critical Race Theory [CRT]) began circulating, I wanted to get ad fontes, get “[back] to the

Critical Theory | Reflections & Notes

Stephen Eric Bronner. Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, 2011, 2017. (140 pages) REFLECTIONS When recent conversational trends around Critical Theory [CT] (and specifically, Critical Race Theory [CRT]) began circulating, I wanted to get ad fontes, get “[back] to the

On Tyranny | Reflections & Notes

Timothy Snyder. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century. Tim Duggan Books, 2017. (126 pages) REFLECTIONS It’s hard to know how to evaluate the importance and even validity of the contents of this book given the current state of American

On Tyranny | Reflections & Notes

Timothy Snyder. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century. Tim Duggan Books, 2017. (126 pages) REFLECTIONS It’s hard to know how to evaluate the importance and even validity of the contents of this book given the current state of American

The Creative Spark | Reflections & Notes

Augustín Fuentes. The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional. REFLECTIONS For millennia, humans have struggled to figure out how to construct and maintain a sense of meaning, purpose, and identity in tandem with the material realities of ourselves and our

The Creative Spark | Reflections & Notes

Augustín Fuentes. The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional. REFLECTIONS For millennia, humans have struggled to figure out how to construct and maintain a sense of meaning, purpose, and identity in tandem with the material realities of ourselves and our

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Everyday Mindfulness | Review & Notes

Melissa Steginus. Everyday Mindfulness: 108 Simple Practices to Empower Yourself and Transform Your Life. TCK Publishing, 2020. (242 pages) REVIEW Since I received this complimentary copy from the publisher for the express purpose of reviewing it for my blog, I will

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Everyday Mindfulness | Review & Notes

Melissa Steginus. Everyday Mindfulness: 108 Simple Practices to Empower Yourself and Transform Your Life. TCK Publishing, 2020. (242 pages) REVIEW Since I received this complimentary copy from the publisher for the express purpose of reviewing it for my blog, I will

The Hebrew Bible | Reflections and Notes

Robert Alter. The Hebrew Bible: A Translation and Commentary. W. W. Norton & Company, 2019. (Volume 1: The Torah, 744 pages; Volume 2: The Prophets, 1394 pages; Volume 3: The Writings, 994 pages). REFLECTIONS Simply breathtaking. Alter brings together the culmination

The Hebrew Bible | Reflections and Notes

Robert Alter. The Hebrew Bible: A Translation and Commentary. W. W. Norton & Company, 2019. (Volume 1: The Torah, 744 pages; Volume 2: The Prophets, 1394 pages; Volume 3: The Writings, 994 pages). REFLECTIONS Simply breathtaking. Alter brings together the culmination

The Expanding Circle | Reflections & Notes

Peter Singer. The Expanding Circle: Ethics, Evolution, and Moral Progress. Princeton University Press, 1981. (208 pages) The moral unity to be expected in different ages is not a unity of standard, or of acts, but a unity of tendency. … At

The Expanding Circle | Reflections & Notes

Peter Singer. The Expanding Circle: Ethics, Evolution, and Moral Progress. Princeton University Press, 1981. (208 pages) The moral unity to be expected in different ages is not a unity of standard, or of acts, but a unity of tendency. … At

Every Life Is On Fire | Reflections & Notes

Jeremy England. Every Life is on Fire: How Thermodynamics Explains the Origins of Living Things. Basic Books, 2020. (258 pages) REFLECTIONS If you’re looking for an explication of the thermodynamics of biology that also inserts biblical references in a perplexing and

Every Life Is On Fire | Reflections & Notes

Jeremy England. Every Life is on Fire: How Thermodynamics Explains the Origins of Living Things. Basic Books, 2020. (258 pages) REFLECTIONS If you’re looking for an explication of the thermodynamics of biology that also inserts biblical references in a perplexing and

What Is Life? | Reflections & Notes

Paul Nurse. What Is Life? Understand Biology in Five Steps. David Fickling Book, 2020. (212 pages) “To survive the challenges that face the human race today–from climate change, to pandemics, loss of biodiversity and food security–it is vital that we all

What Is Life? | Reflections & Notes

Paul Nurse. What Is Life? Understand Biology in Five Steps. David Fickling Book, 2020. (212 pages) “To survive the challenges that face the human race today–from climate change, to pandemics, loss of biodiversity and food security–it is vital that we all

Save The Cat | Reflections & Notes

Blake Snyder. Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting That You’ll Ever Need! McNaughton & Gunn, Inc., 2005 [Kindle] (2738 Locations) REFLECTIONS One word. Primal. It is a very simple, extremely obvious, and universal principle that is elusive at virtually

Save The Cat | Reflections & Notes

Blake Snyder. Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting That You’ll Ever Need! McNaughton & Gunn, Inc., 2005 [Kindle] (2738 Locations) REFLECTIONS One word. Primal. It is a very simple, extremely obvious, and universal principle that is elusive at virtually

Unstoppable | Reflections

Adam Rex. Unstoppable. Chronicle Books, 2020. REFLECTIONS My 6-year-old daughter read this to me this morning. The poignancy of this simple lesson was serendipitous, today, 11 days before what many are calling the most consequential American election in recent memory.

Unstoppable | Reflections

Adam Rex. Unstoppable. Chronicle Books, 2020. REFLECTIONS My 6-year-old daughter read this to me this morning. The poignancy of this simple lesson was serendipitous, today, 11 days before what many are calling the most consequential American election in recent memory.

A Life on Our Planet | Reflections & Notes

David Attenborough. A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future. Grand Central Publishing, 2020. (266 pages) In publicly educating and communicating about the most critical issue we as a human species are facing–climate change–there

A Life on Our Planet | Reflections & Notes

David Attenborough. A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future. Grand Central Publishing, 2020. (266 pages) In publicly educating and communicating about the most critical issue we as a human species are facing–climate change–there

I Dissent | Reflections

Debbie Levy. (Illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley). I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. Simon & Schuster, 2016. Disagreeing does not make a person disagreeable. In fact, it can change the world! REFLECTIONS Today, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. This news hits hard,

I Dissent | Reflections

Debbie Levy. (Illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley). I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. Simon & Schuster, 2016. Disagreeing does not make a person disagreeable. In fact, it can change the world! REFLECTIONS Today, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. This news hits hard,

Policing the Police 2020 | Reflections

PBS Frontline. Policing The Police 2020. September 15, 2020 REFLECTIONS In the continuing quest to understand better how to be an advocate for justice in this world, Jelani Cobb has given us installment number two (installment number one, here) in his

Policing the Police 2020 | Reflections

PBS Frontline. Policing The Police 2020. September 15, 2020 REFLECTIONS In the continuing quest to understand better how to be an advocate for justice in this world, Jelani Cobb has given us installment number two (installment number one, here) in his

Reading While Black | Reflections & Notes

Esau McCaulley. Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope. InterVarsity Press, 2020. (198 pages) REFLECTIONS In Christian publishing, there are plenty of theology books. The good ones help us understand what was said by the original

Reading While Black | Reflections & Notes

Esau McCaulley. Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope. InterVarsity Press, 2020. (198 pages) REFLECTIONS In Christian publishing, there are plenty of theology books. The good ones help us understand what was said by the original

The Power Worshippers | Reflections & Notes

Katherine Stewart. The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019. (342 pages) TALKS: REFLECTIONS Two phrases kept running through my mind reading this book. The first, “She’s not wrong.” Stewart has done a significant amount of

The Power Worshippers | Reflections & Notes

Katherine Stewart. The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019. (342 pages) TALKS: REFLECTIONS Two phrases kept running through my mind reading this book. The first, “She’s not wrong.” Stewart has done a significant amount of

Jesus And The Victory of God | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. Jesus And The Victory of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God, vol. 2. Fortress Press, 1996. (741 pages) REFLECTIONS This, the second in the Christian Origins and the Question of God series (the first being The

Jesus And The Victory of God | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. Jesus And The Victory of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God, vol. 2. Fortress Press, 1996. (741 pages) REFLECTIONS This, the second in the Christian Origins and the Question of God series (the first being The

The Territories of Science and Religion | Reflections & Notes

Peter Harrison. The Territories of Science and Religion. The University of Chicago Press, 2015. (300 pages). REFLECTIONS Let’s start by mentioning climate change, infectious diseases, vaccines, energy, and food production. Each of these is critical to human existence and flourishing. Over

The Territories of Science and Religion | Reflections & Notes

Peter Harrison. The Territories of Science and Religion. The University of Chicago Press, 2015. (300 pages). REFLECTIONS Let’s start by mentioning climate change, infectious diseases, vaccines, energy, and food production. Each of these is critical to human existence and flourishing. Over

How the Bible Became a Book | Reflections & Notes

William M. Schniedewind. How the Bible Became a Book. Cambridge University Press, 2004. (257 pages) REFLECTIONS Humans throughout history have needed something into which they can anchor their faith. Several religions explicitly identify sacred texts as their objects of security, earning

How the Bible Became a Book | Reflections & Notes

William M. Schniedewind. How the Bible Became a Book. Cambridge University Press, 2004. (257 pages) REFLECTIONS Humans throughout history have needed something into which they can anchor their faith. Several religions explicitly identify sacred texts as their objects of security, earning

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

The Christians as the Romans Saw Them | Reflections & Notes

Robert Louis Wilken. The Christians As the Romans Saw Them. Second Edition. Yale University, 2003. (214 pages)   REFLECTIONS Wilken’s closing words are worthy of being the opening of this reflection: Perhaps this is the one large conclusion to be drawn

The Christians as the Romans Saw Them | Reflections & Notes

Robert Louis Wilken. The Christians As the Romans Saw Them. Second Edition. Yale University, 2003. (214 pages)   REFLECTIONS Wilken’s closing words are worthy of being the opening of this reflection: Perhaps this is the one large conclusion to be drawn