Category Archives: Culture

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

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

The Facebook Dilemma | Reflections

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/facebook-dilemma/ REFLECTIONS This is an agonizing series of lessons on unintended consequences, optimistic naïveté, and how a mission and core values are ultimately subsumed under the gravity of the economics of your business model. A few thoughts. First, it is

The Facebook Dilemma | Reflections

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/facebook-dilemma/ REFLECTIONS This is an agonizing series of lessons on unintended consequences, optimistic naïveté, and how a mission and core values are ultimately subsumed under the gravity of the economics of your business model. A few thoughts. First, it is

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no

The Rachel Divide | Reflections

The Rachel Divide, 2018 [TV-MA] IMDB page. Reviews and Commentaries First, here are a few noteworthy reviews and commentaries: The Rachel Dolezal Documentary Isn’t Going To Change Anyone’s Mind by Kovie Biakolo of BuzzFeed; ‘Rachel Divide’ Director Says Dolezal ‘Has Remained Resolute

The Rachel Divide | Reflections

The Rachel Divide, 2018 [TV-MA] IMDB page. Reviews and Commentaries First, here are a few noteworthy reviews and commentaries: The Rachel Dolezal Documentary Isn’t Going To Change Anyone’s Mind by Kovie Biakolo of BuzzFeed; ‘Rachel Divide’ Director Says Dolezal ‘Has Remained Resolute

Moral Combat | Review & Notes

R. Marie Griffith. Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians & Fractured American Politics. Basic Books, 2017. (395 pages) REVIEW I would consider categorizing this book as a “journalistic lamentation.” Griffith’s research and reporting is quite incredible. I can only imagine

Moral Combat | Review & Notes

R. Marie Griffith. Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians & Fractured American Politics. Basic Books, 2017. (395 pages) REVIEW I would consider categorizing this book as a “journalistic lamentation.” Griffith’s research and reporting is quite incredible. I can only imagine

Boston Declaration | Full Text & Reflections

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

Boston Declaration | Full Text & Reflections

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

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

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

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

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

Banking On Bitcoin | Reflections

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

Banking On Bitcoin | Reflections

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

Homo Deus | Notes & Critical Reflections

Yuval Noah Harari. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Harper, 2017 (449 pages) 1 The New Human Agenda For the first time in history, more people die today from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die

Homo Deus | Notes & Critical Reflections

Yuval Noah Harari. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Harper, 2017 (449 pages) 1 The New Human Agenda For the first time in history, more people die today from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die

Hillbilly Elegy | Notes & Reflections

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

Hillbilly Elegy | Notes & Reflections

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

Sapiens | Notes & Critical Review

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

Sapiens | Notes & Critical Review

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

Jesus Didn’t Eat A Seder Meal | Critical Reflections

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

Jesus Didn’t Eat A Seder Meal | Critical Reflections

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

Boxers & Saints | Reflections

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

Boxers & Saints | Reflections

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

#Being13 | Review

http://www.cnn.com/being13 Like other programs on teens, this one has a bit of an ominous and cautionary tone highlighting mostly the negative side of social media; the use of the word “secret” is in alignment with the production. For parents and

#Being13 | Review

http://www.cnn.com/being13 Like other programs on teens, this one has a bit of an ominous and cautionary tone highlighting mostly the negative side of social media; the use of the word “secret” is in alignment with the production. For parents and

Sexual By Design by Doug Wilson | How To Lose an Audience, And The Gospel At The Same Time

In April of 2012, pastor and teacher, Doug Wilson spoke at Indiana University. Watch the entire event: Sexual By Design: Douglas Wilson in Bloomington, IN. Report by The Bloomington Alternative. ClearNote Campus Fellowship website. ClearNote Church website. Christ Church, Moscow,

Sexual By Design by Doug Wilson | How To Lose an Audience, And The Gospel At The Same Time

In April of 2012, pastor and teacher, Doug Wilson spoke at Indiana University. Watch the entire event: Sexual By Design: Douglas Wilson in Bloomington, IN. Report by The Bloomington Alternative. ClearNote Campus Fellowship website. ClearNote Church website. Christ Church, Moscow,

TED | Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame

  0:11 You’re looking at a woman who was publicly silent for a decade. Obviously, that’s changed, but only recently. 0:22 It was several months ago that I gave my very first major public talk at the Forbes 30 Under

TED | Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame

  0:11 You’re looking at a woman who was publicly silent for a decade. Obviously, that’s changed, but only recently. 0:22 It was several months ago that I gave my very first major public talk at the Forbes 30 Under

TED | Khalida Brohi: How I work to protect women from honor killings

0:11 While preparing for my talk I was reflecting on my life and trying to figure out where exactly was that moment when my journey began. A long time passed by, and I simply couldn’t figure out the beginning or

TED | Khalida Brohi: How I work to protect women from honor killings

0:11 While preparing for my talk I was reflecting on my life and trying to figure out where exactly was that moment when my journey began. A long time passed by, and I simply couldn’t figure out the beginning or

TED | Erin McKean: Go ahead, make up new words!

I’m a lexicographer. I make dictionaries. And my job as a lexicographer is to try to put all the words possible into the dictionary. My job is not to decide what a word is; that is your job. 0:25 Everybody who speaks English decides

TED | Erin McKean: Go ahead, make up new words!

I’m a lexicographer. I make dictionaries. And my job as a lexicographer is to try to put all the words possible into the dictionary. My job is not to decide what a word is; that is your job. 0:25 Everybody who speaks English decides

TED | Stanley McChrystal: The military case for sharing knowledge

When I was a young officer, they told me to follow my instincts, to go with my gut, and what I’ve learned is that often our instincts are wrong. 0:24 In the summer of 2010, there was a massive leak

TED | Stanley McChrystal: The military case for sharing knowledge

When I was a young officer, they told me to follow my instincts, to go with my gut, and what I’ve learned is that often our instincts are wrong. 0:24 In the summer of 2010, there was a massive leak

TED | Steven Pinker & Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason

Steven Pinker (SP): Okay. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (RNG): Reason appears to have fallen on hard times: Popular culture plumbs new depths of dumbth and political discourse has become a race to the bottom. We’re living in an era of scientific

TED | Steven Pinker & Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason

Steven Pinker (SP): Okay. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (RNG): Reason appears to have fallen on hard times: Popular culture plumbs new depths of dumbth and political discourse has become a race to the bottom. We’re living in an era of scientific

Amusing Ourselves to Death | Notes & Review

Neil Postman. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin Books, 1985. (183 pages) Forward This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right. (viii) Part I 1. The Medium Is the

Amusing Ourselves to Death | Notes & Review

Neil Postman. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin Books, 1985. (183 pages) Forward This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right. (viii) Part I 1. The Medium Is the

The App Generation | Notes & Review

Howard Gardner and Katie Davis. The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World. Yale University Press, 2013. (244 pages) ONE Introduction …three topics emerged as dominant and also permeate this book: our sense

The App Generation | Notes & Review

Howard Gardner and Katie Davis. The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World. Yale University Press, 2013. (244 pages) ONE Introduction …three topics emerged as dominant and also permeate this book: our sense

The Big Disconnect | Notes & Review

Catherine Steiner-Adair. The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. Harper, 2013. (374 pages) Introduction: The Revolution in the Living Room All the wisdom in the world about child-rearing cannot, by itself, replace intimate human ties,

The Big Disconnect | Notes & Review

Catherine Steiner-Adair. The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. Harper, 2013. (374 pages) Introduction: The Revolution in the Living Room All the wisdom in the world about child-rearing cannot, by itself, replace intimate human ties,

TED | Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”

Mark Zuckerberg, a journalist was asking him a question about the news feed. And the journalist was asking him, “Why is this so important?” And Zuckerberg said, A squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your

TED | Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”

Mark Zuckerberg, a journalist was asking him a question about the news feed. And the journalist was asking him, “Why is this so important?” And Zuckerberg said, A squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your

TED | James Flynn: Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents

(Transcript hopefully to come. For now, read Beyond the Flynn Effect, a lecture by Professor James Flynn at the University of Cambridge.) We are going to take a quick voyage over the cognitive history of the 20th century, because during

TED | James Flynn: Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents

(Transcript hopefully to come. For now, read Beyond the Flynn Effect, a lecture by Professor James Flynn at the University of Cambridge.) We are going to take a quick voyage over the cognitive history of the 20th century, because during

Thomas Friedman “The Next New World” Global Forum | Notes

— LIVE PERSONAL NOTES — What World Are You Living In? How we have gone from connected to hyper-connected and from interconnected to interdependent. An address by Thomas L. Friedman. We built this conference as a platform to share with

Thomas Friedman “The Next New World” Global Forum | Notes

— LIVE PERSONAL NOTES — What World Are You Living In? How we have gone from connected to hyper-connected and from interconnected to interdependent. An address by Thomas L. Friedman. We built this conference as a platform to share with

The Medium And The Light | Notes & Review

Marshall McLuhan. The Medium and the Light: Reflections on Religion. Gingko Press, 2002. (224 pages) Introduction For many hundreds of the years covered in his investigations, the antagonists were clergy. And their debates concerned not simply this or that idea or

The Medium And The Light | Notes & Review

Marshall McLuhan. The Medium and the Light: Reflections on Religion. Gingko Press, 2002. (224 pages) Introduction For many hundreds of the years covered in his investigations, the antagonists were clergy. And their debates concerned not simply this or that idea or

The Medium Is The Message | Transcription

(The following transcription is from all three parts of the “Monday Conference.”) Q: When you say the “medium is the message” does that leave any room at all for criticism of individual, say, television programs? MML: Or content. You see,

The Medium Is The Message | Transcription

(The following transcription is from all three parts of the “Monday Conference.”) Q: When you say the “medium is the message” does that leave any room at all for criticism of individual, say, television programs? MML: Or content. You see,

Technopoly | Notes & Review

Neil Postman. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. Vintage Books, 1992. (222 pages) Introduction …the argument is not between humanists and scientists but between technology and everybody else. (xii) First, technology is a friend. … Second, because of its

Technopoly | Notes & Review

Neil Postman. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. Vintage Books, 1992. (222 pages) Introduction …the argument is not between humanists and scientists but between technology and everybody else. (xii) First, technology is a friend. … Second, because of its

TED | Keith Chen: Could your language affect your ability to save money?

The global economic financial crisis has reignited public interest in something that’s actually one of the oldest questions in economics, dating back to at least before Adam Smith. And that is, why is it that countries with seemingly similar economies

TED | Keith Chen: Could your language affect your ability to save money?

The global economic financial crisis has reignited public interest in something that’s actually one of the oldest questions in economics, dating back to at least before Adam Smith. And that is, why is it that countries with seemingly similar economies

The Book of Mormon | Review

Book of Mormon, Broadway Musical. For starters, and for the religiously devout, this musical is offensive, raunchy, crude, irreverent, obscene, and offensive (yes, I said “offensive” twice). It is not for those who take their religion too seriously, so caution

The Book of Mormon | Review

Book of Mormon, Broadway Musical. For starters, and for the religiously devout, this musical is offensive, raunchy, crude, irreverent, obscene, and offensive (yes, I said “offensive” twice). It is not for those who take their religion too seriously, so caution

The Ultimate Medium | Notes & Review

http://shanehipps.com/films/the-ultimate-medium/ That is the deepst truth, right there. Who we are as a person is ultimately the message. Not just your words, not just your thoughts. Who you are as a person. That is the message. Let’s explore the medium

The Ultimate Medium | Notes & Review

http://shanehipps.com/films/the-ultimate-medium/ That is the deepst truth, right there. Who we are as a person is ultimately the message. Not just your words, not just your thoughts. Who you are as a person. That is the message. Let’s explore the medium

Peanuts, Beer and Letting Go | Notes & Review

http://shanehipps.com/films/peanuts-beer-and-letting-go/ The implications of “The Hidden Medium” for preaching. The homily during the Middle Ages was in Latin. Most people spoke the vernacular, but Latin was the scholarly language. A Latin homily was not something to get new insights. You

Peanuts, Beer and Letting Go | Notes & Review

http://shanehipps.com/films/peanuts-beer-and-letting-go/ The implications of “The Hidden Medium” for preaching. The homily during the Middle Ages was in Latin. Most people spoke the vernacular, but Latin was the scholarly language. A Latin homily was not something to get new insights. You

The Hidden Power | Notes & Review

http://shanehipps.com/films/the-hidden-power/ (all quotes below are from Marshall McLuhan unless otherwise noted.) Christianity is fundamentally a communication event. Have you ever heard: The METHODS change but the MESSAGE stays the same? I need to take a wrecking ball to that assumption.

The Hidden Power | Notes & Review

http://shanehipps.com/films/the-hidden-power/ (all quotes below are from Marshall McLuhan unless otherwise noted.) Christianity is fundamentally a communication event. Have you ever heard: The METHODS change but the MESSAGE stays the same? I need to take a wrecking ball to that assumption.

The Hunger Games | Review & Reflections

Admittedly, I have yet to read the books (calling to me from my Kindle). After seeing the movie, it is understandable how this story has become challenging to many in the faith community. The oppressive regime of the capitol, the

The Hunger Games | Review & Reflections

Admittedly, I have yet to read the books (calling to me from my Kindle). After seeing the movie, it is understandable how this story has become challenging to many in the faith community. The oppressive regime of the capitol, the

Stop Stealing Dreams | Review & Notes

Seth Godin. Stop Stealing Dreams: What is School For? Seth Godin, 2012. — VIA — This free book has 132 entries of thoughts, insights, questions, provocations regarding education. Written in blog-entry-sized bites, you can easily read an entry and let

Stop Stealing Dreams | Review & Notes

Seth Godin. Stop Stealing Dreams: What is School For? Seth Godin, 2012. — VIA — This free book has 132 entries of thoughts, insights, questions, provocations regarding education. Written in blog-entry-sized bites, you can easily read an entry and let

Teenage Brains

Published: October 2011 Beautiful Brains Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults. By David Dobbs, National Geographic Although

Teenage Brains

Published: October 2011 Beautiful Brains Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults. By David Dobbs, National Geographic Although

The Hunger Games & The Gospel | Notes & Review

Julie Clawson. The Hunger Games and the Gospel:Bread, Circuses, and the Kingdom of God. Patheos Press, 2012. (149 pages; 3930 Kindle locations) One Hand Clapping – Julie Clawson’s website Introduction: Let the Games Begin Although not explicitly “Christian” books, the

The Hunger Games & The Gospel | Notes & Review

Julie Clawson. The Hunger Games and the Gospel:Bread, Circuses, and the Kingdom of God. Patheos Press, 2012. (149 pages; 3930 Kindle locations) One Hand Clapping – Julie Clawson’s website Introduction: Let the Games Begin Although not explicitly “Christian” books, the

TED | Sherry Turkle : Connected But Alone?

Just a moment ago, my daughter Rebecca texted me for good luck. Her text said, “Mom, you will rock.” I love this. Getting that text was like getting a hug. And so there you have it. I embody the central

TED | Sherry Turkle : Connected But Alone?

Just a moment ago, my daughter Rebecca texted me for good luck. Her text said, “Mom, you will rock.” I love this. Getting that text was like getting a hug. And so there you have it. I embody the central

This Gay & Age

PBS POV project, “This Gay & Age” by Morgan Wilcock Watch This Gay and Age on PBS. See more from PBS Online Film Festival. Below are a couple quotes that highlight key elements of the discussion and debate.: Just ask

This Gay & Age

PBS POV project, “This Gay & Age” by Morgan Wilcock Watch This Gay and Age on PBS. See more from PBS Online Film Festival. Below are a couple quotes that highlight key elements of the discussion and debate.: Just ask

TED | Bryan Stevenson: We Need to Talk About an Injustice

http://www.eji.org/eji/ | http://jjie.org/founder-of-equal-justice-initiative-greeted-standing-ovation-at-ted/76755 Bryan Stevenson spends most of his time in jails and prisons and on death row. He’s a lawyer, and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. So he’s found it very energizing at TED, and wanted to start by

TED | Bryan Stevenson: We Need to Talk About an Injustice

http://www.eji.org/eji/ | http://jjie.org/founder-of-equal-justice-initiative-greeted-standing-ovation-at-ted/76755 Bryan Stevenson spends most of his time in jails and prisons and on death row. He’s a lawyer, and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. So he’s found it very energizing at TED, and wanted to start by

Milk | Notes & Review

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_%28film%29 Here is the closing line of the movie: If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door… And that’s all. I ask for the movement to continue. Because it’s not about personal gain, not

Milk | Notes & Review

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_%28film%29 Here is the closing line of the movie: If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door… And that’s all. I ask for the movement to continue. Because it’s not about personal gain, not

The 1% Better | Technology & Progress

In his book What Technology Wants Kevin Kelly makes an argument that Technology is producing “Deep Progress.” Here is an excerpt from my notes and review: — But the steady stream of good things is relentless as well. …I think

The 1% Better | Technology & Progress

In his book What Technology Wants Kevin Kelly makes an argument that Technology is producing “Deep Progress.” Here is an excerpt from my notes and review: — But the steady stream of good things is relentless as well. …I think

Zion & Babylon

Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, “The Greeks learned in order to comprehend. The Hebrews learned in order to revere. The modern man learns in order to use.” (God in Search of Man, 34) My blog is really not for blogging, but

Zion & Babylon

Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, “The Greeks learned in order to comprehend. The Hebrews learned in order to revere. The modern man learns in order to use.” (God in Search of Man, 34) My blog is really not for blogging, but

The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture | Notes & Review

Shane Hipps. The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, The Gospel, and Church. Zondervan, 2005 (176 pages) …every innovation is an amputation as well as an extension. – Brian McLaren (from the Forward) INTRODUCTION This is not

The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture | Notes & Review

Shane Hipps. The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, The Gospel, and Church. Zondervan, 2005 (176 pages) …every innovation is an amputation as well as an extension. – Brian McLaren (from the Forward) INTRODUCTION This is not

What Technology Wants | Notes & Review

Kevin Kelly. What Technology Wants. Viking, 2010. (405 pages). http://www.kk.org/books/what-technology-wants.php. Video: http://www.qideas.org/video/what-technology-wants.aspx 1. My Question Should we allow human cloning? Is constant texting making our kids dumb? Do we want automobiles to park themselves? But as my quest evolved, I

What Technology Wants | Notes & Review

Kevin Kelly. What Technology Wants. Viking, 2010. (405 pages). http://www.kk.org/books/what-technology-wants.php. Video: http://www.qideas.org/video/what-technology-wants.aspx 1. My Question Should we allow human cloning? Is constant texting making our kids dumb? Do we want automobiles to park themselves? But as my quest evolved, I

Siri & Hermeneutics

Apple has announced it’s new voice controlled “personal assistant” for the new iPhone 4S saying,… A lot of devices can recognize the words you say. But the ability to understand what you mean, and act on it; that’s the breakthrough

Siri & Hermeneutics

Apple has announced it’s new voice controlled “personal assistant” for the new iPhone 4S saying,… A lot of devices can recognize the words you say. But the ability to understand what you mean, and act on it; that’s the breakthrough

Deep Church | Notes & Review

Jim Belcher. Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional. IVP, 2009. (233 pages) This book is written for those who are caught in between [emergent & traditional]. They are unhappy with the present state of the evangelical church

Deep Church | Notes & Review

Jim Belcher. Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional. IVP, 2009. (233 pages) This book is written for those who are caught in between [emergent & traditional]. They are unhappy with the present state of the evangelical church

Fall From Grace | Notes & Review

http://www.fallfromgracemovie.net/ Baltimore Sun (12/4/2007) The Hollywood Reporter (12/3/2007) Kansas City Star Review (9/14/2007) Variety Review (6/26/2007) Director, K. Ryan Jones named Emerging Artist of 2007 by Kansas City Star (4/29/2007) eFilmCritic Review Lawrence Journal-World: “Southern audiences react to KU filmmaker’s

Fall From Grace | Notes & Review

http://www.fallfromgracemovie.net/ Baltimore Sun (12/4/2007) The Hollywood Reporter (12/3/2007) Kansas City Star Review (9/14/2007) Variety Review (6/26/2007) Director, K. Ryan Jones named Emerging Artist of 2007 by Kansas City Star (4/29/2007) eFilmCritic Review Lawrence Journal-World: “Southern audiences react to KU filmmaker’s

Evangelicals Without Blowhard

Brilliant, on so many levels. The entire article is copied below. July 30, 2011 Evangelicals Without Blowhards By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF IN these polarized times, few words conjure as much distaste in liberal circles as “evangelical Christian.” That’s partly because

Evangelicals Without Blowhard

Brilliant, on so many levels. The entire article is copied below. July 30, 2011 Evangelicals Without Blowhards By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF IN these polarized times, few words conjure as much distaste in liberal circles as “evangelical Christian.” That’s partly because

100 Greatest Non-Fiction Books

The 100 greatest non-fiction books After keen debate at the Guardian’s books desk, this is our list of the very best factual writing, organised by category, and then by date. The greatest non-fiction books live here … the British Museum

100 Greatest Non-Fiction Books

The 100 greatest non-fiction books After keen debate at the Guardian’s books desk, this is our list of the very best factual writing, organised by category, and then by date. The greatest non-fiction books live here … the British Museum

The God Who Wasn’t There | Notes & Review

http://www.thegodmovie.com/. NR, 2005 Writing notes and a review for this film is somewhat,…uh,…paralyzing and, well, a bit insipid. So, I guess I won’t. If you want to read a review, see the Full Review by “Answering Infidels”, and the Christianity Today

The God Who Wasn’t There | Notes & Review

http://www.thegodmovie.com/. NR, 2005 Writing notes and a review for this film is somewhat,…uh,…paralyzing and, well, a bit insipid. So, I guess I won’t. If you want to read a review, see the Full Review by “Answering Infidels”, and the Christianity Today

Clear The Room

Every now and then a company comes along that speaks more to the human spirit rather than to the human urge. And every now and then we need to be inspired by its message and commitment. http://www.advertisingforhumanity.com/ Clear the room.  Start

Clear The Room

Every now and then a company comes along that speaks more to the human spirit rather than to the human urge. And every now and then we need to be inspired by its message and commitment. http://www.advertisingforhumanity.com/ Clear the room.  Start

To Die In Jerusalem | Notes & Review

http://www.todieinjerusalem.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayat_al-Akhras http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Levy To Die in Jerusalem follows Avigail Levy–Rachel’s mother–in her search for answers and reasons behind the suicide bombing of Palestinian Ayat al-Akhras that killed the two of them on March 29, 2002. While the primary narrative is

To Die In Jerusalem | Notes & Review

http://www.todieinjerusalem.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayat_al-Akhras http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Levy To Die in Jerusalem follows Avigail Levy–Rachel’s mother–in her search for answers and reasons behind the suicide bombing of Palestinian Ayat al-Akhras that killed the two of them on March 29, 2002. While the primary narrative is

TED | Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders While we’ve made advances, there are still too few women in top positions of leadership. How are we going to fix this? I’m convinced that women are dropping out. However, today,

TED | Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders While we’ve made advances, there are still too few women in top positions of leadership. How are we going to fix this? I’m convinced that women are dropping out. However, today,

TED | William Ury: The Walk From “No” to “Yes”

Find The Eighteenth Camel There is this Middle Eastern story of a man who willed to his three sons his 17 camels. To the first son 1/2 of the camels, to the second son 1/3, and to the third son

TED | William Ury: The Walk From “No” to “Yes”

Find The Eighteenth Camel There is this Middle Eastern story of a man who willed to his three sons his 17 camels. To the first son 1/2 of the camels, to the second son 1/3, and to the third son

Race To Nowhere | Notes & Review

http://www.racetonowhere.com/ NOTES Some QUOTES and SENTIMENTS from the film: Many of the symptoms our kids are experiencing–headaches, stomachaches, depression, etc.–are stress-induced. Much of what we are doing in education is “de-humanizing.” “Some of the pressure is real.” Our systems have

Race To Nowhere | Notes & Review

http://www.racetonowhere.com/ NOTES Some QUOTES and SENTIMENTS from the film: Many of the symptoms our kids are experiencing–headaches, stomachaches, depression, etc.–are stress-induced. Much of what we are doing in education is “de-humanizing.” “Some of the pressure is real.” Our systems have

Trembling Before G-d | Notes & Review

http://www.filmsthatchangetheworld.com/site/ http://www.tremblingbeforeg-d.com/index2.html As with other independent films/documentaries (see https://vialogue.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/for-the-bible-tells-me-so-notes-review/), this one portrayed a variety of testimonies and stories of various LGBT people within Orthodox Jewish communities. As with other productions, the emotional humanity of the suffering is juxtaposed with the

Trembling Before G-d | Notes & Review

http://www.filmsthatchangetheworld.com/site/ http://www.tremblingbeforeg-d.com/index2.html As with other independent films/documentaries (see https://vialogue.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/for-the-bible-tells-me-so-notes-review/), this one portrayed a variety of testimonies and stories of various LGBT people within Orthodox Jewish communities. As with other productions, the emotional humanity of the suffering is juxtaposed with the

Why Youth Are Devalued in American Culture

I’ve been working with youth in various capacities for about 20 years. Throughout that time, it has baffled me why our culture has neglected to see youth & children of the highest importance and value. After years of this–what I’ll

Why Youth Are Devalued in American Culture

I’ve been working with youth in various capacities for about 20 years. Throughout that time, it has baffled me why our culture has neglected to see youth & children of the highest importance and value. After years of this–what I’ll

China’s Lost Girls | Notes & Review

National Geographic, 2005 Lucy Ling follows a group of American families to China and captures the key moments of their adoption process illuminating the unforeseen effects of China’s one-child policy coupled with ancient traditions and social constructs along the way.

China’s Lost Girls | Notes & Review

National Geographic, 2005 Lucy Ling follows a group of American families to China and captures the key moments of their adoption process illuminating the unforeseen effects of China’s one-child policy coupled with ancient traditions and social constructs along the way.

God in America | Notes & Review

http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/ Online you can watch the entire program, read original documents, download study guides to each program, and read the entire transcript. As always, I commend PBS (Frontline and American Experience) for their excellence. This is the ending statement of

God in America | Notes & Review

http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/ Online you can watch the entire program, read original documents, download study guides to each program, and read the entire transcript. As always, I commend PBS (Frontline and American Experience) for their excellence. This is the ending statement of

American Teen | Notes & Review

http://www.americanteenthemovie.com [PG-13] — VIA — A bit voyeuristic, this documentary may be more accurately entitled “White Mid-Western American Teen.” I mean no disregard to the producers or the subjects of the film by that qualification, but simply as an observation

American Teen | Notes & Review

http://www.americanteenthemovie.com [PG-13] — VIA — A bit voyeuristic, this documentary may be more accurately entitled “White Mid-Western American Teen.” I mean no disregard to the producers or the subjects of the film by that qualification, but simply as an observation

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

http://www.ted.com/talks/chris_anderson_how_web_video_powers_global_innovation.html There are 9 billion people coming our way. Dancers have created a whole global laboratory online. Kids in Japan are taking moves from a YouTube video created in Detroit, building on it within days and releasing a new video,

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

http://www.ted.com/talks/chris_anderson_how_web_video_powers_global_innovation.html There are 9 billion people coming our way. Dancers have created a whole global laboratory online. Kids in Japan are taking moves from a YouTube video created in Detroit, building on it within days and releasing a new video,

Book of Eli | Notes & Review

The Book of Eli [R]. Perhaps I am reading way too much into this, but this one main interpretation came to mind: ESSENES. From what we know of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Essenes — the Jewish separatist sectarian group

Book of Eli | Notes & Review

The Book of Eli [R]. Perhaps I am reading way too much into this, but this one main interpretation came to mind: ESSENES. From what we know of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Essenes — the Jewish separatist sectarian group

Radical Evolution | Notes & Review

Joel Garreau. Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies — and What It Means to Be Human. Broadway Books, 2005. (384 pages) http://www.garreau.com/index.cfm Prologue: The Future of Human Nature Confusion is a word we have

Radical Evolution | Notes & Review

Joel Garreau. Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies — and What It Means to Be Human. Broadway Books, 2005. (384 pages) http://www.garreau.com/index.cfm Prologue: The Future of Human Nature Confusion is a word we have

Modify | Notes & Review

[NOTICE: Extremely Graphic] Modify. [NR] 2005. I’m extremely fascinated by human behavior…all of it. By perusing this blog, one will discover that I am a person of faith, which may seem as if to conclude that movies and documentaries like

Modify | Notes & Review

[NOTICE: Extremely Graphic] Modify. [NR] 2005. I’m extremely fascinated by human behavior…all of it. By perusing this blog, one will discover that I am a person of faith, which may seem as if to conclude that movies and documentaries like

As A Driven Leaf | Notes & Review

Milton Steinberg. As A Driven Leaf. Behrman House, Inc., 1939. (480 pages) This is a historical fiction story of Elisha ben Abuya, based upon historical records, but pieced and crafted together by the author with some elaborations and dismissals. Thus

As A Driven Leaf | Notes & Review

Milton Steinberg. As A Driven Leaf. Behrman House, Inc., 1939. (480 pages) This is a historical fiction story of Elisha ben Abuya, based upon historical records, but pieced and crafted together by the author with some elaborations and dismissals. Thus

Toy Story 3 | Review

http://disney.go.com/toystory/, [PG] — VIA — The ability of Pixar to tell a story in a digital art form that is becoming more perfected with each passing day results in this compelling sequel. I am continually amazed at how objective bits

Toy Story 3 | Review

http://disney.go.com/toystory/, [PG] — VIA — The ability of Pixar to tell a story in a digital art form that is becoming more perfected with each passing day results in this compelling sequel. I am continually amazed at how objective bits

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers | Notes & Review

Dan Merchant, http://lordsaveusthemovie.com/, [PG-13] See also the book by the same title. — VIA — I wasn’t sure how this film was going to turn out. I suppose the title and the packaging led me to believe that this was

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers | Notes & Review

Dan Merchant, http://lordsaveusthemovie.com/, [PG-13] See also the book by the same title. — VIA — I wasn’t sure how this film was going to turn out. I suppose the title and the packaging led me to believe that this was

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Ken Robinson on Bring on the Learning Revolution

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! TED, February 2010. Picking up from his 2006 talk, … I believe there is a second climate crisis which is as severe, which has the same origins and we have to deal

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Ken Robinson on Bring on the Learning Revolution

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! TED, February 2010. Picking up from his 2006 talk, … I believe there is a second climate crisis which is as severe, which has the same origins and we have to deal

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Adora Svitak: What Adults Can Learn From Kids

Adora Svitak: What Adults Can Learn From Kids. TED: February, 2010. Adora’s website. Here is the entire transcript of her talk: I want to start with a question. “When was the last time you were called childish?” For kids like

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Adora Svitak: What Adults Can Learn From Kids

Adora Svitak: What Adults Can Learn From Kids. TED: February, 2010. Adora’s website. Here is the entire transcript of her talk: I want to start with a question. “When was the last time you were called childish?” For kids like

Hiking The Jesus Trail | Notes & Review

During the end of March, 2010, my wife and I and a few friends hiked “The Jesus Trail” from Nazareth (נצרת) to Capernaum (כפר נחום). The founders of the trail have also a published book (guide) available for purchase. Anna

Hiking The Jesus Trail | Notes & Review

During the end of March, 2010, my wife and I and a few friends hiked “The Jesus Trail” from Nazareth (נצרת) to Capernaum (כפר נחום). The founders of the trail have also a published book (guide) available for purchase. Anna

Ray Comfort and the “Special Introduction” to the Origin of Species – Why?

The web is full of links and information regarding Ray Comfort’s “Special Introduction” to the Origin of Species passed out on University Campuses all across America on November 18, 2009, Darwin’s 150th anniversary of the original publication (Darwin born February

Ray Comfort and the “Special Introduction” to the Origin of Species – Why?

The web is full of links and information regarding Ray Comfort’s “Special Introduction” to the Origin of Species passed out on University Campuses all across America on November 18, 2009, Darwin’s 150th anniversary of the original publication (Darwin born February

This American Life – Bait and Switch

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1325 Act 2. “Bait and Switch” for Jesus. Provacatively entitled “Raw Sex” Jesus says to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, and they’re going to hate you, just like they hated me. So, you have this kind

This American Life – Bait and Switch

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1325 Act 2. “Bait and Switch” for Jesus. Provacatively entitled “Raw Sex” Jesus says to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, and they’re going to hate you, just like they hated me. So, you have this kind

Charter for Compassion

http://charterforcompassion.org/ The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering

Charter for Compassion

http://charterforcompassion.org/ The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering

A Wonderful World in Abu Ghosh – Armstrong and Islam

My wife and I are visiting our friends in Israel (ישראל), and they live in a little suburb of Jerusalem (ירושלם) called Abu Ghosh (אבו גוש). Resonating outside the window right now is the Muslim call to prayer being sounded

A Wonderful World in Abu Ghosh – Armstrong and Islam

My wife and I are visiting our friends in Israel (ישראל), and they live in a little suburb of Jerusalem (ירושלם) called Abu Ghosh (אבו גוש). Resonating outside the window right now is the Muslim call to prayer being sounded

Louie Giglio – Trees of Hong Kong

Can the church be relevant as we move forward? “Gospel” is a story of how to move forward, and why, and everyone has an idea of how and why to move forward. And as believers, we have an idea, a

Louie Giglio – Trees of Hong Kong

Can the church be relevant as we move forward? “Gospel” is a story of how to move forward, and why, and everyone has an idea of how and why to move forward. And as believers, we have an idea, a

Ten Trillion and Counting

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tentrillion/view/ A few select quotes that stood out to me in the program: When choosing between what is politically right, and what is economically right, they chose what is politically right at the expense of the economy. The “starve the

Ten Trillion and Counting

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tentrillion/view/ A few select quotes that stood out to me in the program: When choosing between what is politically right, and what is economically right, they chose what is politically right at the expense of the economy. The “starve the

When Our Brains Short-Circuit – Maybe It Was Never Connected

Kristof is one of the most popular of the NYTimes.com Op-Ed writers. His most recent article “When Our Brains Short-Circuit” suggests: Evidence is accumulating that the human brain systematically misjudges certain kinds of risks. In effect, evolution has programmed us

When Our Brains Short-Circuit – Maybe It Was Never Connected

Kristof is one of the most popular of the NYTimes.com Op-Ed writers. His most recent article “When Our Brains Short-Circuit” suggests: Evidence is accumulating that the human brain systematically misjudges certain kinds of risks. In effect, evolution has programmed us

The Electronic Wasteland

Where do the millions of computer monitors, cell phones and other electronic refuse our society generates end up? In places like Guiyu, China. There are similar places in other countries like India, and it’s unseen, underground, and highly toxic to

The Electronic Wasteland

Where do the millions of computer monitors, cell phones and other electronic refuse our society generates end up? In places like Guiyu, China. There are similar places in other countries like India, and it’s unseen, underground, and highly toxic to

Mozilla’s Director of Evangelism – Have You Ever Been “Jesus Jumped?”

While watching Firefox’s new browser release videos, this popped on to the screen: The phrase that caught my attention in the video is “real world performance characteristics.” I think I’ve fallen in love with that statement, more so than the

Mozilla’s Director of Evangelism – Have You Ever Been “Jesus Jumped?”

While watching Firefox’s new browser release videos, this popped on to the screen: The phrase that caught my attention in the video is “real world performance characteristics.” I think I’ve fallen in love with that statement, more so than the

Sticky Faith: Developing Faith That Will Last a Lifetime | Notes & Review

Thanks to Menlo Park Presbyterian for the seminar and complimentary breakfast. http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/ Below are my notes and then a review with some reflections: 40-50% of graduated high schoolers are “struggling with their faith;” (the rest are “excelling”). Of the 50%,

Sticky Faith: Developing Faith That Will Last a Lifetime | Notes & Review

Thanks to Menlo Park Presbyterian for the seminar and complimentary breakfast. http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/ Below are my notes and then a review with some reflections: 40-50% of graduated high schoolers are “struggling with their faith;” (the rest are “excelling”). Of the 50%,

TEP (The Equity Project) Charter School

http://www.tepcharter.org/ NYTimes.com article (06/054/2009) The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School, a 480-student middle school in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City that will open in September 2009, aims to put into practice the central conclusion of a large

TEP (The Equity Project) Charter School

http://www.tepcharter.org/ NYTimes.com article (06/054/2009) The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School, a 480-student middle school in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City that will open in September 2009, aims to put into practice the central conclusion of a large

The Bible Illuminated

http://bibleilluminated.com/, and http://illuminatedworld.com/ Amazon.com: Old Testament, New Testament (with author video) A Critical analysis by Chuck Colson. (BTW, Dag Soderberg will be on Stephen Colbert Thursday, June 4, 2009) From the website: This modern illuminated bible is an oversized (8

The Bible Illuminated

http://bibleilluminated.com/, and http://illuminatedworld.com/ Amazon.com: Old Testament, New Testament (with author video) A Critical analysis by Chuck Colson. (BTW, Dag Soderberg will be on Stephen Colbert Thursday, June 4, 2009) From the website: This modern illuminated bible is an oversized (8

Obama’s Speech at Notre Dame and CitizenLink’s Common Ground

Focus on the Family, in a recent email update stated that they are “committed to exposing the deceptive rhetoric from today’s pro-abortion political regime and challenging the policies of abortion extremism.” They were referring to President Barack Obama’s speech at

Obama’s Speech at Notre Dame and CitizenLink’s Common Ground

Focus on the Family, in a recent email update stated that they are “committed to exposing the deceptive rhetoric from today’s pro-abortion political regime and challenging the policies of abortion extremism.” They were referring to President Barack Obama’s speech at

Ida Google That!

Google’s home page made me laugh out loud! If you haven’t heard the news yet, check out THE LINK’s promotional website, National Geographic’s news page, the BBC report, and the book, The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor by Colin Tudge.

Ida Google That!

Google’s home page made me laugh out loud! If you haven’t heard the news yet, check out THE LINK’s promotional website, National Geographic’s news page, the BBC report, and the book, The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor by Colin Tudge.

The Story of Stuff

Website: http://www.storyofstuff.com/ NYTimes.com article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/11/education/11stuff.html This ~20 min. video and connected website is a captivating production of consumption in America. Key words: Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, Disposal. — VIA — In my estimation and observation, the heart of this particular

The Story of Stuff

Website: http://www.storyofstuff.com/ NYTimes.com article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/11/education/11stuff.html This ~20 min. video and connected website is a captivating production of consumption in America. Key words: Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, Disposal. — VIA — In my estimation and observation, the heart of this particular

Sitting At The Feet Of Rabbi Jesus | Notes & Review

Lois Tverberg and Ann Spangler. Sitting At The Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How The Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith. Zondervan, 2009. (264 pages) Our Rabbi Jesus website. Zondervan’s page. The Brew*Crew blog review. One In Jesus blog post

Sitting At The Feet Of Rabbi Jesus | Notes & Review

Lois Tverberg and Ann Spangler. Sitting At The Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How The Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith. Zondervan, 2009. (264 pages) Our Rabbi Jesus website. Zondervan’s page. The Brew*Crew blog review. One In Jesus blog post

Patrick Lencioni (POV) – Rediscovering Work

Yesterday, my staff and I were talking about what a blessing it is to have a job, and especially one you like. No doubt. Pat’s POV this week was right in line. Here’s the email in its entirety with the

Patrick Lencioni (POV) – Rediscovering Work

Yesterday, my staff and I were talking about what a blessing it is to have a job, and especially one you like. No doubt. Pat’s POV this week was right in line. Here’s the email in its entirety with the

Are We Home Alone – Friedman’s Call To Values

“Are We Home Alone” – Thomas Friedman, March 21, 2009 The sentiments here were very reminiscent of Barry Schwartz’s talk at TED. Here is the excerpt from Friedman worth stating again: Inspiring conduct has so much more of an impact

Are We Home Alone – Friedman’s Call To Values

“Are We Home Alone” – Thomas Friedman, March 21, 2009 The sentiments here were very reminiscent of Barry Schwartz’s talk at TED. Here is the excerpt from Friedman worth stating again: Inspiring conduct has so much more of an impact

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Daniel Dennett – Cute, Sexy, Sweet, Funny: An Evolutionary Riddle

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/dan_dennett_cute_sexy_sweet_funny.html I find Daniel Dennett to be one of the most challenging atheist philosophers for several reasons. First, he is, in my perspective, respectable and reasonable as well as intelligent in his argumentation. While others are vitriolic, Dennett continues to

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Daniel Dennett – Cute, Sexy, Sweet, Funny: An Evolutionary Riddle

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/dan_dennett_cute_sexy_sweet_funny.html I find Daniel Dennett to be one of the most challenging atheist philosophers for several reasons. First, he is, in my perspective, respectable and reasonable as well as intelligent in his argumentation. While others are vitriolic, Dennett continues to

Wicked – The Musical

Last night my wife and I saw “Wicked.” Fantastic! In addition to being highly entertaining, well acted, and well produced with tunes that get stuck in your head, there are some themes that run throughout that are worth noting. As

Wicked – The Musical

Last night my wife and I saw “Wicked.” Fantastic! In addition to being highly entertaining, well acted, and well produced with tunes that get stuck in your head, there are some themes that run throughout that are worth noting. As

Big Think – Crowdsourcing Community and A Diffusion of Authority

Discovered this site today. It has been called the “Intellectual YouTube”: http://www.bigthink.com The gist? From the “About” page: In the global digital age, there is a glut of accessible information. And while this information empowers you, the citizen-consumer, the only

Big Think – Crowdsourcing Community and A Diffusion of Authority

Discovered this site today. It has been called the “Intellectual YouTube”: http://www.bigthink.com The gist? From the “About” page: In the global digital age, there is a glut of accessible information. And while this information empowers you, the citizen-consumer, the only

Demonization

A worthy quote from marketing guru Seth Godin: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/03/demonization.html DEMONIZATION: The closer you get to someone, something, some brand, some organization… the harder it is to demonize it, objectify it or hate it. So, if you want to not be

Demonization

A worthy quote from marketing guru Seth Godin: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/03/demonization.html DEMONIZATION: The closer you get to someone, something, some brand, some organization… the harder it is to demonize it, objectify it or hate it. So, if you want to not be

The Girl Effect

Chip and Dan Heath in their book Made To Stick refer to this website and organization. THE GIRL EFFECT, n. The powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate in their society. Here are

The Girl Effect

Chip and Dan Heath in their book Made To Stick refer to this website and organization. THE GIRL EFFECT, n. The powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate in their society. Here are

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Barry Schwartz On Our Loss of Wisdom

Absolutely fantastic! One of my favorites. I’ve transcripted much of it below. http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_our_loss_of_wisdom.html In his inaugural address, Barack Obama appealed to each of us to give our best as we try to extricate ourselves from this current financial crisis. But

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Barry Schwartz On Our Loss of Wisdom

Absolutely fantastic! One of my favorites. I’ve transcripted much of it below. http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_our_loss_of_wisdom.html In his inaugural address, Barack Obama appealed to each of us to give our best as we try to extricate ourselves from this current financial crisis. But

Youth Ministry 3.0 | Notes & Review

Mark Oestreicher (Marko). Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We’ve  Been, Where We Are, and Where We Need To Go. Zondervan/YS, 2009. (150 pages). There are dozens (if not hundreds) of reviews online. CHAPTER 1: The Need for Change

Youth Ministry 3.0 | Notes & Review

Mark Oestreicher (Marko). Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We’ve  Been, Where We Are, and Where We Need To Go. Zondervan/YS, 2009. (150 pages). There are dozens (if not hundreds) of reviews online. CHAPTER 1: The Need for Change

The Tipping Point | Notes & Review

Malcolm Gladwell. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Back Bay Books, 2002. (301 pages) The Tipping Point is the “biography of an idea,” that a good way to think of “any number of [any] mysterious

The Tipping Point | Notes & Review

Malcolm Gladwell. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Back Bay Books, 2002. (301 pages) The Tipping Point is the “biography of an idea,” that a good way to think of “any number of [any] mysterious

The Huxley Memorial Debate, Oxford Union – February 14, 1986

My copy just arrived in the mail today! I’m listening to the Introduction of what is sure to be a lively and exciting debate (3 hrs. 49 mins.) And because of its setting in England, the tone and tenor is

The Huxley Memorial Debate, Oxford Union – February 14, 1986

My copy just arrived in the mail today! I’m listening to the Introduction of what is sure to be a lively and exciting debate (3 hrs. 49 mins.) And because of its setting in England, the tone and tenor is