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Won’t You Be My Neighbor | Reflections

February 26, 2019


“The greatest thing we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.” “Love is at the root of everything. All learning. All relationships. Love, or the lack of it.” – Fred Rogers Won’t You Be My Neighbor. [PG-13], 2018 REFLECTIONS I have no hesitations in calling Fred Rogers one of […]

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes | Critical Thoughts & Notes

April 24, 2018


E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible. InterVarsity Press, 2012. [Logos Edition.] (225 pages) CRITICAL THOUGHTS This is an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with the basics of interpretation. I appreciate the authors’ study, experience, and their personal admission of their own […]

Coco | Review

April 4, 2018


Coco. Disney Pixar, 2017 [PG] They did it. Again. I cried. Again. They wrote a story of deep humanity with the themes of following your inner passion, redeeming generations of brokenness with music (yup, read that again, a la “Eats, shoots and leaves.”), and the importance of family. In psychological speak, PTSD triggers are reframed. One person’s self-differentiation […]

A Failure Of Nerve | Review & Notes

July 1, 2017


Edwin H. Friedman. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. Seabury Books and The Edwin Friedman Trust, 1999, 2007. (260 pages) Greg Wiens review; All Is Grist review; Todd Noren-Hentz book notes; Todd Hiestand summary; 10th Anniversary Introduction; Alastair’s Adversaria’s review/notes; Bob Thune 500 word summary; Edwin Friedman Tables from A Failure […]

Homecoming King | Reflections

June 7, 2017


2017. TV-MA. “Comic Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show” shares personal stories about racism, immigrant parents, prom night horrors and more in this stand-up special.” “Your courage to do what’s right has to be greater than your fear of getting hurt.” Brilliant. While ‘the Puritan’ will have difficulty wading through the profanity, the viewer looking […]

Boxers & Saints | Reflections

December 25, 2016


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

Thy Kingdom Come | Notes & Review

December 23, 2016


Randall Balmer. Thy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical’s Lament. How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America. Basic Books, 2006 (265 pages) LA Times Op-Ed (August 23, 2017); Journey With Jesus review; Jews On First review; The Strange Case of Dr. Balmer and Mr. Hyde, by John Wilson; NPR interview; Preface: Bullies in the Pulpit […]