Author Archives: VIA

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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

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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 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) REFLECTIONS In publicly educating and communicating about the most critical issue we as a human species are facing–climate

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) REFLECTIONS In publicly educating and communicating about the most critical issue we as a human species are facing–climate

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’s plenty of theology books. The good ones help us understand what was said by the original authors

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’s plenty of theology books. The good ones help us understand what was said by the original authors

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

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