Banking On Bitcoin | Reflections

October 22, 2017


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

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West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnett, (1943) | Transcript and Highlights

September 28, 2017


In a world that is summarized in 144 characters, lengthy wisdom is lost on public discourse. So articulately and hauntingly predicted by Neil Postman and others, this dearth in our national conscience is truly a threat to our national soul. What has happened to us? First, we have both accidentally and purposely cultivated a shallow […]

People To Be Loved | Critical Review

September 13, 2017


Preston Sprinkle. People To Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just An Issue. Zondervan, 2015. (223 pages) Promo video; Missio Alliance review; Andrew Wilson review; Sean McDowell interview; Anne Paulk (TGC) review; CRITICAL REVIEW I picked up People To Be Loved because our local Pastors network hosted a forum featuring Preston Sprinkle with the description, We seek […]

The “Nashville Statement” | Exhortations & Critical Reflections

September 1, 2017


In short… To my LGBTQ friends who are deeply hurt yet again at the words of condemnation, marginalization, and exclusion, I say, “I’m so deeply sorry,” and I weep with and for you. To my post-evangelical friends who are angry and outraged, I say “Fear not,” for we need not worry about this shrinking minority. […]

Searching For Sunday | Reflections & Notes

August 23, 2017


Rachel Held Evans. Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. Thomas Nelson, 2015. (268 pages) The Atlantic: Is Christianity Dark Enough For Millennials?; Huffington Post, Zach Hoag interview; Mike McHargue review; Patheos review by Ben Witherington; Crossway’s promo video; Reflections Admittedly, I read this only at the request of a congregant. But as is […]

Accidental Courtesy | Reflections

August 18, 2017


Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and int he total of these acts will be written the history of [each] generation. – Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, Cape Town, South Africa 1966 Accidental Courtesy, 2016. IMdb page; PBS; Reflections Wow. […]

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Just Mercy | Review, Reflections, and Notes

August 12, 2017


Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Spiegel & Grau, 2015. (349 pages) Review and Reflections What Stevenson does in this book is brilliant, for he does not just state the problem with erudite arguments, though he is a brilliant lawyer and rhetorician. Rather, he weaves the inhumanity of our systems through the […]