Category Archives: Religion

Washed and Waiting | Notes & Review

Wesley Hill. Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2010. (160 pages)   Reasons for God review. Zondervan product page. Rachel Held Evans review. Author’s Notes Introduction This book is about what it means to do that–how,

Washed and Waiting | Notes & Review

Wesley Hill. Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2010. (160 pages)   Reasons for God review. Zondervan product page. Rachel Held Evans review. Author’s Notes Introduction This book is about what it means to do that–how,

Author of Life | Notes & Review

I had the privilege of meeting Josh and Diane last year at the National Youth Worker’s Convention (2013). Their project The Author of Life has now completed 7 videos designed for educational and small group environments. Their contribution to the

Author of Life | Notes & Review

I had the privilege of meeting Josh and Diane last year at the National Youth Worker’s Convention (2013). Their project The Author of Life has now completed 7 videos designed for educational and small group environments. Their contribution to the

The Bible Tells Me So… | Review & Notes

Peter Enns. The Bible Tells Me So…: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable To Read It. HarperOne, 2014. (267 pages) To seekers and pilgrims who need to think out loud, others who would like to, and those who value

The Bible Tells Me So… | Review & Notes

Peter Enns. The Bible Tells Me So…: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable To Read It. HarperOne, 2014. (267 pages) To seekers and pilgrims who need to think out loud, others who would like to, and those who value

TED | Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace.

On November 5th, 1990, a man named El-Sayyid Nosair walked into a hotel in Manhattan and assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane, the leader of the Jewish Defense League. Nosair was initially found not guilty of the murder, but while serving time

TED | Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace.

On November 5th, 1990, a man named El-Sayyid Nosair walked into a hotel in Manhattan and assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane, the leader of the Jewish Defense League. Nosair was initially found not guilty of the murder, but while serving time

TED | Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists

Every day we face issues like climate change or the safety of vaccines where we have to answer questions whose answers rely heavily on scientific information. Scientists tell us that the world is warming. Scientists tell us that vaccines are

TED | Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists

Every day we face issues like climate change or the safety of vaccines where we have to answer questions whose answers rely heavily on scientific information. Scientists tell us that the world is warming. Scientists tell us that vaccines are

TED | Kwame Anthony Appiah: Is religion good or bad? – Critical Review

People say things about religion all the time. The late, great Christopher Hitchens wrote a book called “God Is Not Great” whose subtitle was, “Religion Poisons Everything.” But last month, in Time magazine, Rabbi David Wolpe, who I gather is

TED | Kwame Anthony Appiah: Is religion good or bad? – Critical Review

People say things about religion all the time. The late, great Christopher Hitchens wrote a book called “God Is Not Great” whose subtitle was, “Religion Poisons Everything.” But last month, in Time magazine, Rabbi David Wolpe, who I gather is

Can I Ask That? | Critical Review & Notes

Jim Candy, Brad M. Griffin, Kara Powell. Can I Ask That: 8 Hard Questions About God & Faith – A Sticky Faith Curriculum (Leader Edition). Fuller Youth Institute, 2014. (209 pages) — VIA: Critical Review — This is a hard

Can I Ask That? | Critical Review & Notes

Jim Candy, Brad M. Griffin, Kara Powell. Can I Ask That: 8 Hard Questions About God & Faith – A Sticky Faith Curriculum (Leader Edition). Fuller Youth Institute, 2014. (209 pages) — VIA: Critical Review — This is a hard

God of the Gaps? Yes. | A Critique of Christian Apologetics

This video got sent to my inbox today. You can visit the original posting here. Are Christians guilty of arbitrarily suggesting a “God of the gaps” when they argue that God created the universe? Or are atheists guilty of “science

God of the Gaps? Yes. | A Critique of Christian Apologetics

This video got sent to my inbox today. You can visit the original posting here. Are Christians guilty of arbitrarily suggesting a “God of the gaps” when they argue that God created the universe? Or are atheists guilty of “science

Tattoos on the Heart | Notes & Review

Gregory Boyle. Tattoos on the Heart. Free Press, 2010. (217 pages) “This day…with me…paradise.” – Luke 23:43 Preface If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories, it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less

Tattoos on the Heart | Notes & Review

Gregory Boyle. Tattoos on the Heart. Free Press, 2010. (217 pages) “This day…with me…paradise.” – Luke 23:43 Preface If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories, it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less

A Big Heart Open To God | Notes

Pope Francis. A Big Heart Open To God: A Conversation with Pope Francis. HarperOne, 2013. (150 pages) Part One: A Big Heart Open to God The Exclusive Interview with Pope Francis The wisdom of discernment redeems the necessary ambiguity of life

A Big Heart Open To God | Notes

Pope Francis. A Big Heart Open To God: A Conversation with Pope Francis. HarperOne, 2013. (150 pages) Part One: A Big Heart Open to God The Exclusive Interview with Pope Francis The wisdom of discernment redeems the necessary ambiguity of life

The Last Word | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture. HarperSanFrancisco, 2005. (146 pages) Preface to the American Edition Taken as a whole, the church clearly can’t live without the Bible, but

The Last Word | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture. HarperSanFrancisco, 2005. (146 pages) Preface to the American Edition Taken as a whole, the church clearly can’t live without the Bible, but

The Meaning of the Bible | Reflections & Notes

Douglas Knight & Amy-Jill Levine. The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us. HarperOne, 2011. (473 pages) REFLECTIONS In all the discussion and debate on what the Bible is, what is far more

The Meaning of the Bible | Reflections & Notes

Douglas Knight & Amy-Jill Levine. The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us. HarperOne, 2011. (473 pages) REFLECTIONS In all the discussion and debate on what the Bible is, what is far more

When God Spoke Greek | Notes & Review

Timothy Michael Law. When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. Oxford University Press, 2013. (216 pages) 1 Why This Book? Here was real, hold-in-your-hands proof that some biblical books once existed in a different

When God Spoke Greek | Notes & Review

Timothy Michael Law. When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. Oxford University Press, 2013. (216 pages) 1 Why This Book? Here was real, hold-in-your-hands proof that some biblical books once existed in a different

Sex, Sacrifice, Shame, and Smiting | Notes & Review

Donald Kraus. Sex, Sacrifice, Shame, and Smiting: Is the Bible Always Right? Seabury Books, 2008. (166 pages) VIA: Because there was more to critique in this book, I will be interacting with the content throughout my notes, a distinctly different

Sex, Sacrifice, Shame, and Smiting | Notes & Review

Donald Kraus. Sex, Sacrifice, Shame, and Smiting: Is the Bible Always Right? Seabury Books, 2008. (166 pages) VIA: Because there was more to critique in this book, I will be interacting with the content throughout my notes, a distinctly different

TED | Lesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith

Writing biography is a strange thing to do. It’s a journey into the foreign territory of somebody else’s life, a journey, an exploration that can take you places you never dreamed of going and still can’t quite believe you’ve been,

TED | Lesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith

Writing biography is a strange thing to do. It’s a journey into the foreign territory of somebody else’s life, a journey, an exploration that can take you places you never dreamed of going and still can’t quite believe you’ve been,

The Reason For God | Notes & Review

Timothy Keller. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Riverhead Books, 2008. (310 pages) Introduction I find your lack of faith — disturbing. – Darth Vader The Enemies Are Both Right. In short, the world is polarizing

The Reason For God | Notes & Review

Timothy Keller. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Riverhead Books, 2008. (310 pages) Introduction I find your lack of faith — disturbing. – Darth Vader The Enemies Are Both Right. In short, the world is polarizing

The Rise and Fall of the Bible | Notes & Review

Timothy Beal. The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. (244 pages) 1. The End of the Word As We Know It: A Personal Introduction My parents’ biblical faith was

The Rise and Fall of the Bible | Notes & Review

Timothy Beal. The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. (244 pages) 1. The End of the Word As We Know It: A Personal Introduction My parents’ biblical faith was

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

What We Talk About When We Talk About God | Book Launch Event

http://www.robbelllive.com/ March 12, 2013, 4pm PST [Live Notes] A book is a strange thing. It’s like you sit at your desk, day after day, and draft after draft. Then you get the email back from your editor, and it could

What We Talk About When We Talk About God | Book Launch Event

http://www.robbelllive.com/ March 12, 2013, 4pm PST [Live Notes] A book is a strange thing. It’s like you sit at your desk, day after day, and draft after draft. Then you get the email back from your editor, and it could

Year of Biblical Womanhood | Notes & Review

Rachel Held Evans. A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”. Thomas Nelson, 2012. (352 pages; 5684 Locations. This review is for the Kindle Edition.)

Year of Biblical Womanhood | Notes & Review

Rachel Held Evans. A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”. Thomas Nelson, 2012. (352 pages; 5684 Locations. This review is for the Kindle Edition.)

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

Toxic Charity | Notes & Review

Robert Lupton. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help. HarperOne, 2011. (191 pages) Chapter One: The Scandal The Compassion industry is almost universally accepted as a virtuous and constructive enterprise. | But what is so surprising is

Toxic Charity | Notes & Review

Robert Lupton. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help. HarperOne, 2011. (191 pages) Chapter One: The Scandal The Compassion industry is almost universally accepted as a virtuous and constructive enterprise. | But what is so surprising is

Love Free or Die | Review

watch: http://video.pbs.org/video/2294044250/ (only through November 19, 2012) descriptions: LOVE FREE OR DIE (Special Jury Prize winner Sundance 2012) is about a man whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner Mark.  It

Love Free or Die | Review

watch: http://video.pbs.org/video/2294044250/ (only through November 19, 2012) descriptions: LOVE FREE OR DIE (Special Jury Prize winner Sundance 2012) is about a man whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner Mark.  It

The Rise of Evangelicals | Notes & Review

Noll, Mark A.; Shelley, Bruce L.; Rosell, Garth M.; Sweeney, Douglas A.; Marsden, George; Mouw, Richard J.; Martin, William; Tait, Jennifer Woodruff (2012-09-07). The Rise of the Evangelicals: The birth of a movement that changed America (Christianity Today Essentials). Christianity

The Rise of Evangelicals | Notes & Review

Noll, Mark A.; Shelley, Bruce L.; Rosell, Garth M.; Sweeney, Douglas A.; Marsden, George; Mouw, Richard J.; Martin, William; Tait, Jennifer Woodruff (2012-09-07). The Rise of the Evangelicals: The birth of a movement that changed America (Christianity Today Essentials). Christianity

Speaking Christian | Review & Notes

Marcus Borg. Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power — And How They Can Be Restored. HarperOne, 2011. (248 pages) (Thank you to Janelle for our copy!) CNN Belief Blog. Patheos interview with Borg. The Hillhurst

Speaking Christian | Review & Notes

Marcus Borg. Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power — And How They Can Be Restored. HarperOne, 2011. (248 pages) (Thank you to Janelle for our copy!) CNN Belief Blog. Patheos interview with Borg. The Hillhurst

Saving Darwin | Notes & Review

Karl W. Giberson. Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution. HarperOne, 2008. (248 pages) Foreword Giberson’s carefully documented history provides a sobering response to the claims of those who think that the current controversy can be

Saving Darwin | Notes & Review

Karl W. Giberson. Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution. HarperOne, 2008. (248 pages) Foreword Giberson’s carefully documented history provides a sobering response to the claims of those who think that the current controversy can be

Christianity After Religion | Notes & Review

Diana Butler Bass. Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. HarperOne, 2012. (294 pages) Part I: The End of Religion The Beginning Strange as it may seem in this time of cultural

Christianity After Religion | Notes & Review

Diana Butler Bass. Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. HarperOne, 2012. (294 pages) Part I: The End of Religion The Beginning Strange as it may seem in this time of cultural

Did Jesus Exist? | Notes & Review

Bart Ehrman. Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. HarperOne, 2012. (361 pages) [many thanks to Janelle for our copy!] Introduction When mythicists use the term [myth] they often seem to mean simply a story that has

Did Jesus Exist? | Notes & Review

Bart Ehrman. Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. HarperOne, 2012. (361 pages) [many thanks to Janelle for our copy!] Introduction When mythicists use the term [myth] they often seem to mean simply a story that has

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

Radical | Notes & Review

David Platt. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream. Multnomah, 2010. (230 pages) http://www.radicalthebook.com/ 1. Someone Worth Losing Everything For Jesus actually spurned the things that my church culture said were most important. So what was I to

Radical | Notes & Review

David Platt. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream. Multnomah, 2010. (230 pages) http://www.radicalthebook.com/ 1. Someone Worth Losing Everything For Jesus actually spurned the things that my church culture said were most important. So what was I to

Something From Nothing? | Notes, Review, & Response

A conversation with Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. 7pm | Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 | ASU Gammage Auditorium http://richarddawkins.net/videos/644930-dawkins-krauss-discussion-from-asu-4-feb http://origins.asu.edu/ NOTES [I have striven to be completely accurate in the following transcription. I take full responsibility for any typos or

Something From Nothing? | Notes, Review, & Response

A conversation with Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. 7pm | Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 | ASU Gammage Auditorium http://richarddawkins.net/videos/644930-dawkins-krauss-discussion-from-asu-4-feb http://origins.asu.edu/ NOTES [I have striven to be completely accurate in the following transcription. I take full responsibility for any typos or

TED | Alain deBotton: Atheism 2.0 – Notes & Review

One of the most fascinating talks on religion and secularism, a programme of bringing both forward. My notes and review below. — NOTES — I would like to inaugurate a new way of being an atheist. PREMISE: Of course, there

TED | Alain deBotton: Atheism 2.0 – Notes & Review

One of the most fascinating talks on religion and secularism, a programme of bringing both forward. My notes and review below. — NOTES — I would like to inaugurate a new way of being an atheist. PREMISE: Of course, there

God And Sex | Notes & Review

Michael Coogan. God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says. Twelve, 2010. (237 pages) — VIA — Full disclosure: I did not actually finish “reading” the book (a term I use to communicate that I have actually digested a book’s

God And Sex | Notes & Review

Michael Coogan. God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says. Twelve, 2010. (237 pages) — VIA — Full disclosure: I did not actually finish “reading” the book (a term I use to communicate that I have actually digested a book’s

Teenology | Notes & Review

Jim Burns. Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers. Bethany House, 2010. (221 pages) http://www.homeword.com/teenology-raising-great-teenagers-p-60.html PART ONE: PARENTING TEENS TO BECOME RESPONSIBLE ADULTS 1. Who Is That Stranger in Your House It has been said that raising kids is part

Teenology | Notes & Review

Jim Burns. Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers. Bethany House, 2010. (221 pages) http://www.homeword.com/teenology-raising-great-teenagers-p-60.html PART ONE: PARENTING TEENS TO BECOME RESPONSIBLE ADULTS 1. Who Is That Stranger in Your House It has been said that raising kids is part

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

The King Jesus Gospel | Notes & Review

Scot McKnight. The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. Zondervan, 2011. (184 pages) FOREWORD BY N.T. WRIGHT The Christian faith is kaleidoscopic, and most of us are color-blind. (11) We ought to welcome it if a musician plays

The King Jesus Gospel | Notes & Review

Scot McKnight. The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. Zondervan, 2011. (184 pages) FOREWORD BY N.T. WRIGHT The Christian faith is kaleidoscopic, and most of us are color-blind. (11) We ought to welcome it if a musician plays

The Lost World of Genesis One | Notes & Review

John Walton. The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. IVP Academic, 2009. (191 pages) Prologue It is regrettable that an account of such beauty has become such a bloodied battle-ground, but that is indeed the

The Lost World of Genesis One | Notes & Review

John Walton. The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. IVP Academic, 2009. (191 pages) Prologue It is regrettable that an account of such beauty has become such a bloodied battle-ground, but that is indeed the

You Lost Me | Notes & Review

Kinnaman, David. You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church… And Rethinking Faith. Baker Books, 2011. (254 pages) http://youlostmebook.com/ You Lost Me, Explained You Lost Me, is about young insiders. At its heart are the irreverent, blunt, and often

You Lost Me | Notes & Review

Kinnaman, David. You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church… And Rethinking Faith. Baker Books, 2011. (254 pages) http://youlostmebook.com/ You Lost Me, Explained You Lost Me, is about young insiders. At its heart are the irreverent, blunt, and often

Why We Believe in god(s) | Review

Andy Thomson’s talk, ‘Why We Believe in Gods,’ given at the American Atheist 2009 convention in Atlanta, Georgia: — VIA — The discussion of science and religion continues to the arenas of neurobiology. I appreciate Thomson’s work, his careful attention

Why We Believe in god(s) | Review

Andy Thomson’s talk, ‘Why We Believe in Gods,’ given at the American Atheist 2009 convention in Atlanta, Georgia: — VIA — The discussion of science and religion continues to the arenas of neurobiology. I appreciate Thomson’s work, his careful attention

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

Curiosity: The Questions of Life – Did God Create the Universe | Notes & Review

Discovery Channel’s page. Regarding the solar eclipse, the vikings believed that “skoll,” the wolf god would “eat the sun.” Without a scientific explanation imagine how disturbing it would have been to see the sun vanish. The vikings then responded through

Curiosity: The Questions of Life – Did God Create the Universe | Notes & Review

Discovery Channel’s page. Regarding the solar eclipse, the vikings believed that “skoll,” the wolf god would “eat the sun.” Without a scientific explanation imagine how disturbing it would have been to see the sun vanish. The vikings then responded through

Divided | Notes & Review

http://www.dividedthemovie.com/#aboutlink [vimeo link] Divided is a very well produced independent film that communicates a critical message to the faith community (and to the secular community as well, really), that families truly are the most effective means through which children and

Divided | Notes & Review

http://www.dividedthemovie.com/#aboutlink [vimeo link] Divided is a very well produced independent film that communicates a critical message to the faith community (and to the secular community as well, really), that families truly are the most effective means through which children and

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

The Language of Science and Faith | Notes & Review

Karl Giberson & Francis Collins. The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions. InterVarsity Press, 2011. (250 pages) http://biologos.org/blog/the-language-of-faith-and-science-a-brief-history/ God has provided two distinct, complementary and reliable revelations–the Bible and the natural world. (8) Introduction In the

The Language of Science and Faith | Notes & Review

Karl Giberson & Francis Collins. The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions. InterVarsity Press, 2011. (250 pages) http://biologos.org/blog/the-language-of-faith-and-science-a-brief-history/ God has provided two distinct, complementary and reliable revelations–the Bible and the natural world. (8) Introduction In the

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

Love Wins | Notes & Review

[Thanks to Janelle for our “limited edition” copy! You are loved.] Rob Bell. Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. HarperOne: 2011. (200 pages) First, the Press… Martin Bashir on the

Love Wins | Notes & Review

[Thanks to Janelle for our “limited edition” copy! You are loved.] Rob Bell. Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. HarperOne: 2011. (200 pages) First, the Press… Martin Bashir on the

Religulous | Notes & Review

http://www.lionsgate.com/religulous/ Religulous [R], 2008 — VIA — So, while some of my colleagues may be judgmentally inquisitive of me for watching this film, it seems good to me to understand life in its full…and yes, Bill Maher and Religulous must

Religulous | Notes & Review

http://www.lionsgate.com/religulous/ Religulous [R], 2008 — VIA — So, while some of my colleagues may be judgmentally inquisitive of me for watching this film, it seems good to me to understand life in its full…and yes, Bill Maher and Religulous must

Friends of God | Notes & Review

Friends of God. HBO home video, 2007. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/25/arts/television/25stan.html — VIA — Obviously things have changed quite a bit from 2007. Ted Haggard’s “fall from grace,” the death of Jerry Falwell, the election of President Obama being the key events. And

Friends of God | Notes & Review

Friends of God. HBO home video, 2007. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/25/arts/television/25stan.html — VIA — Obviously things have changed quite a bit from 2007. Ted Haggard’s “fall from grace,” the death of Jerry Falwell, the election of President Obama being the key events. And

Brother Jesus | Notes & Review

Schalom Ben-Chorin. Brother Jesus: The Nazarene through Jewish Eyes. University of Georgia Press, 2001. (252 pages) 1 The Figure of Jesus For me, the New Testament is certainly not holy scripture in the canonical sense. …it is a document that

Brother Jesus | Notes & Review

Schalom Ben-Chorin. Brother Jesus: The Nazarene through Jewish Eyes. University of Georgia Press, 2001. (252 pages) 1 The Figure of Jesus For me, the New Testament is certainly not holy scripture in the canonical sense. …it is a document that

TED | Lesley Hazleton: On Reading The Koran

http://www.ted.com/talks/lesley_hazelton_on_reading_the_koran.html The Koran describes “Paradise” 36 times as “gardens watered by running streams.” How come this is news to so many people? The reason why so many don’t read the Koran is precisely why it is so easily quoted; or

TED | Lesley Hazleton: On Reading The Koran

http://www.ted.com/talks/lesley_hazelton_on_reading_the_koran.html The Koran describes “Paradise” 36 times as “gardens watered by running streams.” How come this is news to so many people? The reason why so many don’t read the Koran is precisely why it is so easily quoted; or

The Calling | Notes & Review

http://www.whatsyourcalling.org/the-film Available on iTunes. PBS Independent Films website. I began taking notes, and then realized about 15% of the way into the film, this is not a note taking kind of documentary. It’s a slower paced more sentimentally empathic documentary. While

The Calling | Notes & Review

http://www.whatsyourcalling.org/the-film Available on iTunes. PBS Independent Films website. I began taking notes, and then realized about 15% of the way into the film, this is not a note taking kind of documentary. It’s a slower paced more sentimentally empathic documentary. While

The Orthodox Heretic | Reflections & Notes

Peter Rollins. The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales. Paraclete Press, 2009. (184 pages) REFLECTIONS There are few books that I’ve read that have confronted me as much as this one. Each parable is quick, simple, easy to understand, and hard

The Orthodox Heretic | Reflections & Notes

Peter Rollins. The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales. Paraclete Press, 2009. (184 pages) REFLECTIONS There are few books that I’ve read that have confronted me as much as this one. Each parable is quick, simple, easy to understand, and hard

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

The Pursuit of God | Notes & Review

Aiden W. Tozer. The Pursuit of God. Christian Publications Inc., 1982. (128 pages) 1 Following Hard after God O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully

The Pursuit of God | Notes & Review

Aiden W. Tozer. The Pursuit of God. Christian Publications Inc., 1982. (128 pages) 1 Following Hard after God O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully

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

For The Bible Tells Me So | Notes & Review

http://www.forthebibletellsmeso.org/index2.htm [NR] There’s something about doing justice with your [gay] son that is so empowering. New Interview with Bishop Gene Robinson and Director Dan Karslake [After a program aired which featured a lesbian street theologian,] I got an email from

For The Bible Tells Me So | Notes & Review

http://www.forthebibletellsmeso.org/index2.htm [NR] There’s something about doing justice with your [gay] son that is so empowering. New Interview with Bishop Gene Robinson and Director Dan Karslake [After a program aired which featured a lesbian street theologian,] I got an email from

The Sabbath | Notes & Review

Abraham Joshua Heschel. The Sabbath: its meaning for modern man. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1951, 1979. (118 pages) [VIA: This is one one of the few books in my library where every page is worth quoting. Below is a small

The Sabbath | Notes & Review

Abraham Joshua Heschel. The Sabbath: its meaning for modern man. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1951, 1979. (118 pages) [VIA: This is one one of the few books in my library where every page is worth quoting. Below is a small

Leaving Church | Notes & Review

Barbara Brown Taylor. Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith. HarperOne, 2006. (252 pages) “You do not have to die in order to discover the truth of this teaching, in other words. You only need to lose track of who you

Leaving Church | Notes & Review

Barbara Brown Taylor. Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith. HarperOne, 2006. (252 pages) “You do not have to die in order to discover the truth of this teaching, in other words. You only need to lose track of who you

Conversations on Being a Heretic | Notes & Review

http://qideas.org/video/conversations-on-being-a-heretic.aspx by Scot McKnight and Brian McLaren [NOTE: My notes below is not an exact transcript.] If the gospel isn’t embodied as good news to the poor, it isn’t the same gospel that Jesus talked about. MCKNIGHT: It is common

Conversations on Being a Heretic | Notes & Review

http://qideas.org/video/conversations-on-being-a-heretic.aspx by Scot McKnight and Brian McLaren [NOTE: My notes below is not an exact transcript.] If the gospel isn’t embodied as good news to the poor, it isn’t the same gospel that Jesus talked about. MCKNIGHT: It is common

שמע – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Perhaps the most important word in the Bible is “Sh’ma.” I am deeply thankful for Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ comments. Below are just a few of the snippets that I want to take away: The Greeks were the supreme masters of

שמע – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Perhaps the most important word in the Bible is “Sh’ma.” I am deeply thankful for Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ comments. Below are just a few of the snippets that I want to take away: The Greeks were the supreme masters of

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

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

Son of Hamas | Notes & Revew

Mosab Hassan Yousef. Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices. Salt River, 2010 (265 pages) Visit also: http://sonofhamas.com/ A few intriguing quotes from the entirety of the story: Without a constitution to maintain

Son of Hamas | Notes & Revew

Mosab Hassan Yousef. Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices. Salt River, 2010 (265 pages) Visit also: http://sonofhamas.com/ A few intriguing quotes from the entirety of the story: Without a constitution to maintain

How To Read The Bible | Notes & Review

James Kugel. How To Read The Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now. Free Press, 2007. (819 pages) This afternoon, my wife and I attended “Bible By The Bay” by Lehrhaus Judaica held at the local JCC. For the

How To Read The Bible | Notes & Review

James Kugel. How To Read The Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now. Free Press, 2007. (819 pages) This afternoon, my wife and I attended “Bible By The Bay” by Lehrhaus Judaica held at the local JCC. For the

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

Exploring Exodus | Notes & Review

Nahum Sarna. Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel. Schocken Books, 1986, 1996. (277 pages). FOREWARD “It is a truism that knowledge usually lags far behind learning; it is also a fact that where knowledge fails, speculation often fills the

Exploring Exodus | Notes & Review

Nahum Sarna. Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel. Schocken Books, 1986, 1996. (277 pages). FOREWARD “It is a truism that knowledge usually lags far behind learning; it is also a fact that where knowledge fails, speculation often fills the

To Heal A Fractured World | Notes & Review

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. To Heal A Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility. Schocken Books, 2005. (279 pages) Part 1: THE CALL TO RESPONSIBILITY Chapter 1: The Ethics of Responsibility Being human means being conscious and being responsible. – Viktor Frankl

To Heal A Fractured World | Notes & Review

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. To Heal A Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility. Schocken Books, 2005. (279 pages) Part 1: THE CALL TO RESPONSIBILITY Chapter 1: The Ethics of Responsibility Being human means being conscious and being responsible. – Viktor Frankl

Finding Darwin’s God | Notes & Review

Kenneth R. Miller. Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search For Common Ground Between God and Evolution. Cliff Street Books, 1999. http://www.findingdarwinsgod.com/. Kenneth Miller’s Home Page. Criticisms by Arthur Lodge. SchansBlog 5-part review link. An Imperfect Union: Darwin, Divinity, and Design.

Finding Darwin’s God | Notes & Review

Kenneth R. Miller. Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search For Common Ground Between God and Evolution. Cliff Street Books, 1999. http://www.findingdarwinsgod.com/. Kenneth Miller’s Home Page. Criticisms by Arthur Lodge. SchansBlog 5-part review link. An Imperfect Union: Darwin, Divinity, and Design.

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

Flock of Dodos | Notes & Review

Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus. Randy Olson, 2006. http://www.flockofdodos.com/ NPR’s Program. A few NYTimes.com listings. My notes from the film: res ipsa loquitur – it speaks for itself “Something has gone seriously wrong in the communication of evolution

Flock of Dodos | Notes & Review

Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus. Randy Olson, 2006. http://www.flockofdodos.com/ NPR’s Program. A few NYTimes.com listings. My notes from the film: res ipsa loquitur – it speaks for itself “Something has gone seriously wrong in the communication of evolution

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

This program, was released by NOVA November 13, 2007. I just recently ran into it while renting Evolution: A Journey Into Where We’re From and Where We’re Going. Program description here, full program available for viewing online here, and the

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

This program, was released by NOVA November 13, 2007. I just recently ran into it while renting Evolution: A Journey Into Where We’re From and Where We’re Going. Program description here, full program available for viewing online here, and the

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

The View From The Mastaba – Gary Burge’s View is Skewed

Books and Culture recently published “The View From The Mastaba: Jesus From a Middle Eastern Perspective,” March 6, 2009, written by Gary Burge, professor at Wheaton. There are some things to applaud, yet there are some things that must be

The View From The Mastaba – Gary Burge’s View is Skewed

Books and Culture recently published “The View From The Mastaba: Jesus From a Middle Eastern Perspective,” March 6, 2009, written by Gary Burge, professor at Wheaton. There are some things to applaud, yet there are some things that must be

The Healing Bible – I’m Torn

Church World Direct sent this out today. website: http://www.thehealingbibleandcd.com/ — VIA: — I’m torn. There is great healing and hope found in the Scriptures, no doubt. There is a powerful mystical presence that holy writ has had on humanity, and

The Healing Bible – I’m Torn

Church World Direct sent this out today. website: http://www.thehealingbibleandcd.com/ — VIA: — I’m torn. There is great healing and hope found in the Scriptures, no doubt. There is a powerful mystical presence that holy writ has had on humanity, and

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

A Faith and Culture Devotional | Notes & Review

Thanks to Zondervan for my pre-release “bloggers” copy. (All notes and comments refer to that edition.) Kelly Monroe Kullberg, and Lael Arrington. A Faith and Culture Devotional. Zondervan, 2008. (302 pages). http://www.CultureDevo.com A Review at BookNotes blog: http://www.heartsandmindsbooks.com/booknotes/a_faith_culture_devotional_dai/. iCrucified also

A Faith and Culture Devotional | Notes & Review

Thanks to Zondervan for my pre-release “bloggers” copy. (All notes and comments refer to that edition.) Kelly Monroe Kullberg, and Lael Arrington. A Faith and Culture Devotional. Zondervan, 2008. (302 pages). http://www.CultureDevo.com A Review at BookNotes blog: http://www.heartsandmindsbooks.com/booknotes/a_faith_culture_devotional_dai/. iCrucified also

Liturgy – The Tension Between Tradition and Innovation

Over the holiday weekend our family attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa. Having attended a Lutheran Elementary school and church as a child, a twinge of nostalgia welled up inside of me. But coupled with that sense of nostalgia

Liturgy – The Tension Between Tradition and Innovation

Over the holiday weekend our family attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa. Having attended a Lutheran Elementary school and church as a child, a twinge of nostalgia welled up inside of me. But coupled with that sense of nostalgia

Evolution | Notes & Review

This 4-part, 8 hour series by PBS and WBGH is a fascinating and well-done production that charts through the issue of evolution, its development and socio-cultural implications. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/index.html Part 1, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea Darwin’s Dangerous Idea charts the, shall we

Evolution | Notes & Review

This 4-part, 8 hour series by PBS and WBGH is a fascinating and well-done production that charts through the issue of evolution, its development and socio-cultural implications. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/index.html Part 1, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea Darwin’s Dangerous Idea charts the, shall we

The Challenge of Jesus | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1999. (202 pages). “Just as integrity demands that we think clearly and rigorously about Jesus himself, so it also demands that we think

The Challenge of Jesus | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1999. (202 pages). “Just as integrity demands that we think clearly and rigorously about Jesus himself, so it also demands that we think

The End of Reason | Notes & Review

I got this for Christmas. Thanks Ian! Here are my notes and reflections. Ravi Zacharias. The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists. Zondervan, 2008. (143 pages) In line with the many books published recently by the “new

The End of Reason | Notes & Review

I got this for Christmas. Thanks Ian! Here are my notes and reflections. Ravi Zacharias. The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists. Zondervan, 2008. (143 pages) In line with the many books published recently by the “new

The Religious Case For/Against Gay Marriage | Saying A Lot About So Little

While reading the current Newsweek cover article (“The Religious Case for Gay Marriage” by Lisa Miller), it struck me how much we say about how little the Bible mentions. The summation of the Newsweek article is found, really, in one

The Religious Case For/Against Gay Marriage | Saying A Lot About So Little

While reading the current Newsweek cover article (“The Religious Case for Gay Marriage” by Lisa Miller), it struck me how much we say about how little the Bible mentions. The summation of the Newsweek article is found, really, in one

California’s Proposition 8 | Reasoning Through the Rhetoric of Same-Sex Marriage

I received an email from a family member from the Courage Campaign to repeal proposition 8. There’s also a new post at Out of Ur entitled “A Win-Win on Same-Sex Marriage.” By now, everyone is well aware of the emotional

California’s Proposition 8 | Reasoning Through the Rhetoric of Same-Sex Marriage

I received an email from a family member from the Courage Campaign to repeal proposition 8. There’s also a new post at Out of Ur entitled “A Win-Win on Same-Sex Marriage.” By now, everyone is well aware of the emotional

From Victim to Heroine

This video from Nicholas Kristof tells another story of courageous hope and victory through oppression. Be inspired, and add another heroine to your list of role models. Thank you, Kristof, for your “journalism of justice.” There seems to be very

From Victim to Heroine

This video from Nicholas Kristof tells another story of courageous hope and victory through oppression. Be inspired, and add another heroine to your list of role models. Thank you, Kristof, for your “journalism of justice.” There seems to be very

Charter For Compassion | TED Prize Winner

This site launched today (November 13). The front site reads: Help us create a Charter for Compassion People of all nations, all faiths, all backgrounds, are invited to contribute. By recognizing that the Golden Rule is fundamental to all world

Charter For Compassion | TED Prize Winner

This site launched today (November 13). The front site reads: Help us create a Charter for Compassion People of all nations, all faiths, all backgrounds, are invited to contribute. By recognizing that the Golden Rule is fundamental to all world

Geert Wilders on Islam – Islam and the Future of Europe

This was sent to me by a friend. The whole video can be found here. The transcript in .pdf is here. My knowledge of Islam is very little, and so I’m delving into some study and books to gain a

Geert Wilders on Islam – Islam and the Future of Europe

This was sent to me by a friend. The whole video can be found here. The transcript in .pdf is here. My knowledge of Islam is very little, and so I’m delving into some study and books to gain a

2000 Pigs Sacrificed

While searching for illustrations for the story of the Demon Possessed Man in the Gospels (Matthew 8, Mark 5, Luke 8), we came across these pictures. Disturbing, and, like an accident, try to pull yourself away from looking… It still

2000 Pigs Sacrificed

While searching for illustrations for the story of the Demon Possessed Man in the Gospels (Matthew 8, Mark 5, Luke 8), we came across these pictures. Disturbing, and, like an accident, try to pull yourself away from looking… It still

The Blue Parakeet | A Review & Critique

Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, (Zondervan, 2008). [This review is of the Advance Reader Copy. All page numbers refer to that edition]. (Out of Ur review 1, and 2) There are several reviews out

The Blue Parakeet | A Review & Critique

Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, (Zondervan, 2008). [This review is of the Advance Reader Copy. All page numbers refer to that edition]. (Out of Ur review 1, and 2) There are several reviews out

Church of England to Apologise to Darwin

This article is of interest for the continued strenuous relationship between the faith and science communities. Perhaps we can learn something about how we, in the faith community, can, and ought to listen more intently, and judge a whole lot

Church of England to Apologise to Darwin

This article is of interest for the continued strenuous relationship between the faith and science communities. Perhaps we can learn something about how we, in the faith community, can, and ought to listen more intently, and judge a whole lot

The Mission Of God – Notes & Review

This Out Of Ur blog post by Scot McKnight inspired this post of my review. Wright, Christopher J. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. IVP: 2006. (581 pages). Simply well done and very thorough.  Addressing the need

The Mission Of God – Notes & Review

This Out Of Ur blog post by Scot McKnight inspired this post of my review. Wright, Christopher J. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. IVP: 2006. (581 pages). Simply well done and very thorough.  Addressing the need

Antikythera Mechanism and Living in the Tension of Humanity’s Existence

My wife pointed out this article from the NYTimes.com on the Antikythera Mechanism. A video production is available at the Nature.com site. UPDATE: 2010-12-10, a reconstruction of this ancient mechanism, made out of Lego! I offer this post as a

Antikythera Mechanism and Living in the Tension of Humanity’s Existence

My wife pointed out this article from the NYTimes.com on the Antikythera Mechanism. A video production is available at the Nature.com site. UPDATE: 2010-12-10, a reconstruction of this ancient mechanism, made out of Lego! I offer this post as a

Evolution in Genesis

A recent article at JPost.com entitled “Evolution of a slither – study tracks snake’s loss of legs” suggests that perhaps evolution can be interpretively found in the book of Genesis. The original Nature article can be downloaded here for a

Evolution in Genesis

A recent article at JPost.com entitled “Evolution of a slither – study tracks snake’s loss of legs” suggests that perhaps evolution can be interpretively found in the book of Genesis. The original Nature article can be downloaded here for a

REVEAL – Shock And Uhh…

There’s been a bunch of discussion about Willow Creek’s REVEAL work. You can watch the video here, and at Out Of Ur. Here’s the REVEAL website. There’s also way too much in the blogosphere to be cited here, but I’m

REVEAL – Shock And Uhh…

There’s been a bunch of discussion about Willow Creek’s REVEAL work. You can watch the video here, and at Out Of Ur. Here’s the REVEAL website. There’s also way too much in the blogosphere to be cited here, but I’m

Gabriel’s Revelation (Vision) – A New “Dead Sea Stone” is really “Much Ado About Nothing”

Media coverage is getting broader regarding the “newly” discovered (10 years old now) stone with inscriptions (written in ink as opposed to carved) on it that may have implications for Christian theology. Biblical Archaeology Review’s article (BAR) is simply factual

Gabriel’s Revelation (Vision) – A New “Dead Sea Stone” is really “Much Ado About Nothing”

Media coverage is getting broader regarding the “newly” discovered (10 years old now) stone with inscriptions (written in ink as opposed to carved) on it that may have implications for Christian theology. Biblical Archaeology Review’s article (BAR) is simply factual

Multiethnic Ministry – Race & Reason in the Church, pt.2

My first post addressed the Leadership article “Ethnic Blends.” This post, I’d just like to offer a few resources that may be of help for furthering the discussion. As mentioned in the previous post, the complexity of the issue gives

Multiethnic Ministry – Race & Reason in the Church, pt.2

My first post addressed the Leadership article “Ethnic Blends.” This post, I’d just like to offer a few resources that may be of help for furthering the discussion. As mentioned in the previous post, the complexity of the issue gives

Multiethnic Ministry – Race & Reason in Church Life, pt.1

Leadership Weekly’s subject the week of June 3 was “Developing a Multiethnic Staff.” As an Associate Pastor at a very diverse church (a congregation of around 6000 members, ~50% black, 50% everything else — white, asian, hispanic/latino, pacific islanders, indians,

Multiethnic Ministry – Race & Reason in Church Life, pt.1

Leadership Weekly’s subject the week of June 3 was “Developing a Multiethnic Staff.” As an Associate Pastor at a very diverse church (a congregation of around 6000 members, ~50% black, 50% everything else — white, asian, hispanic/latino, pacific islanders, indians,

GodblogCon – A Tribe of Individuals and The Lawnmower Man

The world is rapidly changing. It’s face is changing — how it appears. The vehicles of communication are changing — how we interact. And in a McLuhan-esque ethic, humanity is also changing — who we really are. GodBlogCon is one

GodblogCon – A Tribe of Individuals and The Lawnmower Man

The world is rapidly changing. It’s face is changing — how it appears. The vehicles of communication are changing — how we interact. And in a McLuhan-esque ethic, humanity is also changing — who we really are. GodBlogCon is one

The Kingdom – Movie Review

My wife and I watched The Kingdom last night, recommended by a friend who works in the Middle East. There are three elements of the movie that give reason why every American should watch this.   1. I believe that

The Kingdom – Movie Review

My wife and I watched The Kingdom last night, recommended by a friend who works in the Middle East. There are three elements of the movie that give reason why every American should watch this.   1. I believe that