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Boston Declaration | Full Text & Reflections

November 25, 2017

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A PROPHETIC APPEAL TO CHRISTIANS OF THE USA Nov 20 THE BOSTON DECLARATION Occasion As followers of Jesus, the Jewish prophet for justice whose life reminds us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) we hear the cries of women and men speaking out about sexual abuse at the hands of leaders in power and […]

TED | Gus Casely-Hayford: The powerful stories that shaped Africa

October 27, 2017

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Now, Hegel — he very famously said that Africa was a place without history, without past, without narrative. Yet, I’d argue that no other continent has nurtured, has fought for, has celebrated its history more concertedly. The struggle to keep African narrative alive has been one of the most consistent and hard-fought endeavors of African peoples, and it continues to be so. The struggles […]

Banking On Bitcoin | Reflections

October 22, 2017

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Banking on Bitcoin, 2016 [NR] Reflections I think it’s appropriate to begin with this thought, as written by Harari: Money is not coins and banknotes. Money is anything that people are willing to use in order to represent systematically the value of other things for the purpose of exchanging goods and services. (177) Therefore, while […]

Hillbilly Elegy | Notes & Reflections

June 10, 2017

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J. D. Vance. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. HarperCollins, 2016. (264 pages) Introduction So I didn’t write this book because I’ve accomplished something extraordinary. I wrote this book because I’ve achieved something quite ordinary, which doesn’t happen to most kids who grow up like me. (1) I want people to […]

Sapiens

April 28, 2017

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Yuval Noah Narari. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. HarperCollins, 2015. (443 pages) Sapiens home page; Gates Notes; John Sexton, The New Atlantis; Ezra Klein, Vox; Timeline of History Years Before the Present  (Sapiens | Years Before the Present .pdf) 13.5 billion Matter and energy appear. Beginning of physics. Atoms and molecules appear. Beginning of chemistry. […]

Jesus Didn’t Eat A Seder Meal | Critical Reflections

April 7, 2017

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CT published, Jesus Didn’t Eat a Seder Meal: Why Christians shouldn’t either, on April 6, 2017. April 10, they published Why Christians Can Celebrate Passover, Too. Given that our church has held seders for years, (the last four of them, in a synagogue) I wanted to provide my critique (in brackets: [via: …]). Jesus Didn’t Eat a […]

Boxers & Saints | Reflections

December 25, 2016

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Gene Luen Yang. Boxers & Saints. First Second, 2013 (336 pages) Seattle pi review by Jeff Provine; NYTimes review by Wesley Yang; Download a Teacher’s Guide; National Book Review lecture and trailer; I’ve included a significant portion of the NPR Interview with Petra Meyer below: In an email interview, Yang says his Catholic upbringing inspired […]