The Passion of the Western Mind | Reflections & Notes

Richard Tarnas. The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View. Ballantine Books, 1991. (544 pages) REFLECTIONS This may be my top favorite book ever. The mere scope of the project is astonishing, and

The Passion of the Western Mind | Reflections & Notes

Richard Tarnas. The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View. Ballantine Books, 1991. (544 pages) REFLECTIONS This may be my top favorite book ever. The mere scope of the project is astonishing, and

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Dealt | Reflections

Dealt [2017]. http://www.dealtmovie.com/, IMDb page. — movie description — Winner of the SXSW Audience Award for Documentary Feature, Dealt is the inspiring story of sixty-two year old Richard Turner who is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet

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Dealt | Reflections

Dealt [2017]. http://www.dealtmovie.com/, IMDb page. — movie description — Winner of the SXSW Audience Award for Documentary Feature, Dealt is the inspiring story of sixty-two year old Richard Turner who is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet

Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? | Reflections & Notes

J. R. Daniel Kirk. Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?: A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity. Baker Academic, 2011. (214 pages) REFLECTIONS In these later years of study, ministry, and spirituality, I have become compelled to answer the

Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? | Reflections & Notes

J. R. Daniel Kirk. Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?: A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity. Baker Academic, 2011. (214 pages) REFLECTIONS In these later years of study, ministry, and spirituality, I have become compelled to answer the

The Armor Of Light | Reflections

The Armor Of Light, 2015 [PG-13] http://www.armoroflightfilm.com/. I was reminded of this film because of Rob Schenck’s new book Costly Grace that was featured on a recent NPR broadcast, Once Militantly Anti-Abortion, Evangelical Minister Now Lives ‘With Regret’. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows

The Armor Of Light | Reflections

The Armor Of Light, 2015 [PG-13] http://www.armoroflightfilm.com/. I was reminded of this film because of Rob Schenck’s new book Costly Grace that was featured on a recent NPR broadcast, Once Militantly Anti-Abortion, Evangelical Minister Now Lives ‘With Regret’. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows

The Power Paradox | Review & Notes

Dacher Keltner. The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. Penguin Books, 2016. (196 pages) REVIEW This is perhaps one of the most important books I’ve read on the behavioral sciences, a thesis that has the potential to transform virtually

The Power Paradox | Review & Notes

Dacher Keltner. The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. Penguin Books, 2016. (196 pages) REVIEW This is perhaps one of the most important books I’ve read on the behavioral sciences, a thesis that has the potential to transform virtually

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God | Review & Notes

Brian Zahnd. Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News. WaterBrook, 2017. (209 pages) Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, post. REVIEW I have great appreciation for what Zahnd has produced,

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God | Review & Notes

Brian Zahnd. Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News. WaterBrook, 2017. (209 pages) Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, post. REVIEW I have great appreciation for what Zahnd has produced,

What Is A Better Argument? | Reflections & Notes

Reflections I am deeply concerned for this moment in our nation’s history for numerous reasons, including–but not limited to–losing our moral center, damaging any credibility and trust we have established in the world, prioritizing short-term power at the cost of

What Is A Better Argument? | Reflections & Notes

Reflections I am deeply concerned for this moment in our nation’s history for numerous reasons, including–but not limited to–losing our moral center, damaging any credibility and trust we have established in the world, prioritizing short-term power at the cost of

Rocks of Ages | Reflections & Notes

Stephen Jay Gould. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999. (241 pages) Reflections I have been perplexed at the disdain that many have towards Gould’s construction of NOMA. As such, I may

Rocks of Ages | Reflections & Notes

Stephen Jay Gould. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999. (241 pages) Reflections I have been perplexed at the disdain that many have towards Gould’s construction of NOMA. As such, I may

I And Thou | Notes & Reflections

Martin Buber. I And Thou. Scribner Classics, 1958. (126 pages) REVIEW It is understandable why this book is a classic. It is both deeply profound and literarily esoteric. It is also a poetic tragedy to review this book, rather than to

I And Thou | Notes & Reflections

Martin Buber. I And Thou. Scribner Classics, 1958. (126 pages) REVIEW It is understandable why this book is a classic. It is both deeply profound and literarily esoteric. It is also a poetic tragedy to review this book, rather than to

A Community Called Atonement | Notes

Scot McKnight. A Community Called Atonement. Abingdon Press, 2007. (173 pages) Trevin Wax review for The Gospel Coalition; David Fitch review for Missio Alliance. NOTES INTRODUCTION TO LIVING THEOLOGY; Tony Jones PREFACE PROLOGUE Some atonement theories today are “one-club” [golf analogy]

A Community Called Atonement | Notes

Scot McKnight. A Community Called Atonement. Abingdon Press, 2007. (173 pages) Trevin Wax review for The Gospel Coalition; David Fitch review for Missio Alliance. NOTES INTRODUCTION TO LIVING THEOLOGY; Tony Jones PREFACE PROLOGUE Some atonement theories today are “one-club” [golf analogy]

Jesus and the Disinherited | Notes & Reflections

Howard Thurman. Jesus and the Disinherited. Beacon Press, 1976. (102 pages) Foreword …this richly endowed, seminal work (vii) can be more accurately and helpfully described as a profound quest for a liberating spirituality, a way of exploring and experiencing those crucial

Jesus and the Disinherited | Notes & Reflections

Howard Thurman. Jesus and the Disinherited. Beacon Press, 1976. (102 pages) Foreword …this richly endowed, seminal work (vii) can be more accurately and helpfully described as a profound quest for a liberating spirituality, a way of exploring and experiencing those crucial

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission | Critical Reflections

Read the oral arguments here. Listen to the oral arguments here. Download my highlighted copy of the decision here. Critical Reflections The comments thus cast doubt on the fairness and impartiality of the Commission’s adjudication of the Phillips’ case. – Syllabus

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission | Critical Reflections

Read the oral arguments here. Listen to the oral arguments here. Download my highlighted copy of the decision here. Critical Reflections The comments thus cast doubt on the fairness and impartiality of the Commission’s adjudication of the Phillips’ case. – Syllabus

Real American | Reflections & Notes

Julie Lythcott-Haims. Real American: a memoir. Henry Holt and Company, 2017. (272 pages) REFLECTIONS My journey of understanding identity through the lens of race in the context of American culture continues with this read, and I am deeply thankful for this

Real American | Reflections & Notes

Julie Lythcott-Haims. Real American: a memoir. Henry Holt and Company, 2017. (272 pages) REFLECTIONS My journey of understanding identity through the lens of race in the context of American culture continues with this read, and I am deeply thankful for this

Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian in the First Three Centuries? | Notes & Critical Review

Larry Hurtado. Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian in the First Three Centuries? Marquette University Press, 2016. (144 pages) Larry Hurtado’s blog; For one thing the question as posed by Stark and most other scholars who have addressed earliest

Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian in the First Three Centuries? | Notes & Critical Review

Larry Hurtado. Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian in the First Three Centuries? Marquette University Press, 2016. (144 pages) Larry Hurtado’s blog; For one thing the question as posed by Stark and most other scholars who have addressed earliest

Good Christian Sex | Critical Review & Notes

Bromleigh McClenghan. Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn’t the Only Option–And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex. HarperOne, 2016. (240 pages)   CRITICAL REVIEW It is with the topic of sex, the most challenging and taboo of all human phenomena,

Good Christian Sex | Critical Review & Notes

Bromleigh McClenghan. Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn’t the Only Option–And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex. HarperOne, 2016. (240 pages)   CRITICAL REVIEW It is with the topic of sex, the most challenging and taboo of all human phenomena,

Translation Matters: A Fem/Womanist Exploration of Translation Theory and Practice for Proclamation in Worship

This is one of the most profound and insightful papers I’ve read on translation theory, and why it matters. I commend this to anyone who reads any text in any translation, not just the Bible. Below is the text from

Translation Matters: A Fem/Womanist Exploration of Translation Theory and Practice for Proclamation in Worship

This is one of the most profound and insightful papers I’ve read on translation theory, and why it matters. I commend this to anyone who reads any text in any translation, not just the Bible. Below is the text from

I’m Still Here | Review & Notes

Austin Channing Brown. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made For Whiteness. Convergent Books, 2018. (185 pages) Austin Channing Brown: White people are ‘exhausting’, by Emily McFarlan Miller of Religion New Service; Book Review by Shannon Whitehead of The

I’m Still Here | Review & Notes

Austin Channing Brown. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made For Whiteness. Convergent Books, 2018. (185 pages) Austin Channing Brown: White people are ‘exhausting’, by Emily McFarlan Miller of Religion New Service; Book Review by Shannon Whitehead of The

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

Organizational Health Summit | Notes

I attended and participated in the very first Organizational Health (OH) Summit hosted by The Table Group and Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. Heading the OH Revolution is Patrick Lencioni, a New York Times best-selling author and according

Organizational Health Summit | Notes

I attended and participated in the very first Organizational Health (OH) Summit hosted by The Table Group and Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. Heading the OH Revolution is Patrick Lencioni, a New York Times best-selling author and according

How To Raise An Adult | Review & Notes

Julie Lythcott-Haims. How To Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid For Success. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015. (354 pages) NYTimes.com Book Review; REVIEW When I mentioned to a member of my church that we were

How To Raise An Adult | Review & Notes

Julie Lythcott-Haims. How To Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid For Success. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015. (354 pages) NYTimes.com Book Review; REVIEW When I mentioned to a member of my church that we were

David Christian: The History of our world in 18 minutes | Transcript & Highlights

First, a video. Yes, it is a scrambled egg. But as you look at it, I hope you’ll begin to feel just slightly uneasy.Because you may notice that what’s actually happening is that the egg is unscrambling itself. And you’ll now see the yolk and

David Christian: The History of our world in 18 minutes | Transcript & Highlights

First, a video. Yes, it is a scrambled egg. But as you look at it, I hope you’ll begin to feel just slightly uneasy.Because you may notice that what’s actually happening is that the egg is unscrambling itself. And you’ll now see the yolk and

Robert Waldinger: What Makes A Good Life? Lessons From The Longest Study on Happiness | Transcript & Highlights

What keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life? If you were going to invest now in your future best self, where would you put your time and your energy? There was a recent survey of millennials asking them what their most important life

Robert Waldinger: What Makes A Good Life? Lessons From The Longest Study on Happiness | Transcript & Highlights

What keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life? If you were going to invest now in your future best self, where would you put your time and your energy? There was a recent survey of millennials asking them what their most important life

Julie Lythcott-Haims: How To Raise Successful Kids–Without Over-Parenting | Transcript and Highlights

You know, I didn’t set out to be a parenting expert. In fact, I’m not very interested in parenting, per se. It’s just that there’s a certain style of parenting these days that is kind of messing up kids, impeding their chances to

Julie Lythcott-Haims: How To Raise Successful Kids–Without Over-Parenting | Transcript and Highlights

You know, I didn’t set out to be a parenting expert. In fact, I’m not very interested in parenting, per se. It’s just that there’s a certain style of parenting these days that is kind of messing up kids, impeding their chances to

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes | Critical Thoughts & Notes

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

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes | Critical Thoughts & Notes

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

League of Denial | Transcript

League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis ANNOUNCER: Tonight on FRONTLINE, the epic story of football’s concussion crisis. HARRY CARSON, Author, Captain For Life: These players come down with dementia. ANNOUNCER: A major FRONTLINE investigation of what the NFL knew and when it

League of Denial | Transcript

League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis ANNOUNCER: Tonight on FRONTLINE, the epic story of football’s concussion crisis. HARRY CARSON, Author, Captain For Life: These players come down with dementia. ANNOUNCER: A major FRONTLINE investigation of what the NFL knew and when it

Concussion | Review & Lamentation

Concussion. [PG-13] 2015. Review & Lamentation I didn’t appreciate this film as much as other documentary representations, perhaps because the Frontline Production, League of Denial is so thorough (also, League of Denial). Concussion focuses specifically on Bennett Omalu’s role in his discovery and publication

Concussion | Review & Lamentation

Concussion. [PG-13] 2015. Review & Lamentation I didn’t appreciate this film as much as other documentary representations, perhaps because the Frontline Production, League of Denial is so thorough (also, League of Denial). Concussion focuses specifically on Bennett Omalu’s role in his discovery and publication

Coco | Review

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.”),

Coco | Review

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.”),

The Final Year | Review

The Final Year. Magnolia Pictures, 2017 “History doesn’t move in a straight line. It zigs and zags. Sometimes goes forward, sometimes moves back. Sideways.” – Barack Obama REVIEW Overall, not a great documentary. I didn’t find it terribly “compelling” or

The Final Year | Review

The Final Year. Magnolia Pictures, 2017 “History doesn’t move in a straight line. It zigs and zags. Sometimes goes forward, sometimes moves back. Sideways.” – Barack Obama REVIEW Overall, not a great documentary. I didn’t find it terribly “compelling” or

The Hacking of the American Mind | Reflections & Notes

Robert Lustig. The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains. Avery, 2017. (344 pages) REFLECTIONS The well-marketed title of this book is a bit of hypocritical irony. The tone of the phrase

The Hacking of the American Mind | Reflections & Notes

Robert Lustig. The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains. Avery, 2017. (344 pages) REFLECTIONS The well-marketed title of this book is a bit of hypocritical irony. The tone of the phrase

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Unshakeable | Notes

Tony Robbins. Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (231 pages) [Disclaimer]: Past results do not guarantee future performance. Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. – Marcus Aurelius Money is only a

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Unshakeable | Notes

Tony Robbins. Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (231 pages) [Disclaimer]: Past results do not guarantee future performance. Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. – Marcus Aurelius Money is only a

Damaged Goods | Critical Comments and Reflections

Dianna E. Anderson. Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity. Jericho Books, 2015. (210 pages) There is perhaps no other taboo more revered than that of sex. As a result, permissions and prohibitions both come with significant challenges risking the danger

Damaged Goods | Critical Comments and Reflections

Dianna E. Anderson. Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity. Jericho Books, 2015. (210 pages) There is perhaps no other taboo more revered than that of sex. As a result, permissions and prohibitions both come with significant challenges risking the danger

The Inevitable | Reflections & Notes

Kevin Kelly. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future. Viking, 2016. (327 pages) REFLECTIONS The joy of reading Kevin Kelly’s work is not just that you learn about technology, but you also learn about learning

The Inevitable | Reflections & Notes

Kevin Kelly. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future. Viking, 2016. (327 pages) REFLECTIONS The joy of reading Kevin Kelly’s work is not just that you learn about technology, but you also learn about learning

eChurch Summit 2018 | Reflections & Notes

https://echurch.com/summit/ We love Elevation Church. – Overheard pre-conference conversation. REFLECTIONS In full transparency, I did not attend this conference to attend, to learn, to grow, to personally develop, to learn how to use social media better, or to enhance my leadership.

eChurch Summit 2018 | Reflections & Notes

https://echurch.com/summit/ We love Elevation Church. – Overheard pre-conference conversation. REFLECTIONS In full transparency, I did not attend this conference to attend, to learn, to grow, to personally develop, to learn how to use social media better, or to enhance my leadership.

AlphaGo | Reflections and Quotes

alphagomovie.com. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea. Reflections In my continual search for understanding, insight, and truth about the universe, Artificial Intelligence is one of the most captivating areas of study

AlphaGo | Reflections and Quotes

alphagomovie.com. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea. Reflections In my continual search for understanding, insight, and truth about the universe, Artificial Intelligence is one of the most captivating areas of study

The 10 Toughest Questions We Get, By Bill and Melinda Gates | Letter & Reflections

Our 2018 Annual Letter: The 10 Toughest Questions We Get February 13, 2018 By Bill Gates and Melinda Gates We are outspoken about our optimism. These days, though, optimism seems to be in short supply. The headlines are filled with awful

The 10 Toughest Questions We Get, By Bill and Melinda Gates | Letter & Reflections

Our 2018 Annual Letter: The 10 Toughest Questions We Get February 13, 2018 By Bill Gates and Melinda Gates We are outspoken about our optimism. These days, though, optimism seems to be in short supply. The headlines are filled with awful

Command and Control | Reflections & Transcript

Command and Control: THE LONG-HIDDEN STORY OF THE DAY OUR LUCK ALMOST RAN OUT. April 25, 2017 REFLECTIONS We quite literally and poetically hold the stars in our hands. There are 15,000 nuclear weapons in existence, globally. If they were

Command and Control | Reflections & Transcript

Command and Control: THE LONG-HIDDEN STORY OF THE DAY OUR LUCK ALMOST RAN OUT. April 25, 2017 REFLECTIONS We quite literally and poetically hold the stars in our hands. There are 15,000 nuclear weapons in existence, globally. If they were

White People | Reflections

MTV’s documentary, White People [2015] by Jose Antonio Vargas. Wikipedia page; race.lookdifferent.com; The Trouble With “White People” by Hua Hsu, The New Yorker; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: White People Gets It Right About Being White, Time; White People 101 by Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic. You can read

White People | Reflections

MTV’s documentary, White People [2015] by Jose Antonio Vargas. Wikipedia page; race.lookdifferent.com; The Trouble With “White People” by Hua Hsu, The New Yorker; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: White People Gets It Right About Being White, Time; White People 101 by Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic. You can read

Leaving My Father’s Faith | Reflections

campolofilm.com. Tony Campolo’s influence in my life has been a tremendous life-giving, eye-opening, faith-challenging presence. I have appreciated his words–sometimes comforting, many times discomfortingly prophetic–as he spoke about a Christian faith so unlike the one I had acquired. The dry,

Leaving My Father’s Faith | Reflections

campolofilm.com. Tony Campolo’s influence in my life has been a tremendous life-giving, eye-opening, faith-challenging presence. I have appreciated his words–sometimes comforting, many times discomfortingly prophetic–as he spoke about a Christian faith so unlike the one I had acquired. The dry,

Able Works Forum: American Dreamers: Creating An Immigration System That Works For All | Notes & Reflections

ABLE:WORKS Forum. NOTES Keynote Speaker: Jose Antonio Vargas. DOCUMENTED [film] White People, MTV Full Documentary: The keynote began with the question, How do you define “American?” Vargas’s use of data was excellent, all of which can be found at defineamerican.com/facts, and defineamerican.com/daca.

Able Works Forum: American Dreamers: Creating An Immigration System That Works For All | Notes & Reflections

ABLE:WORKS Forum. NOTES Keynote Speaker: Jose Antonio Vargas. DOCUMENTED [film] White People, MTV Full Documentary: The keynote began with the question, How do you define “American?” Vargas’s use of data was excellent, all of which can be found at defineamerican.com/facts, and defineamerican.com/daca.

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

Krista Tippett on the Art of Conversation | Review & Notes

Udemy Course online. [2018] Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 1 Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 2 Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 3 Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 4 Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 5 REVIEW The following are my rough notes and highlights. Tippett’s grounding

Krista Tippett on the Art of Conversation | Review & Notes

Udemy Course online. [2018] Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 1 Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 2 Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 3 Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 4 Krista Tippett Conversation Starter 5 REVIEW The following are my rough notes and highlights. Tippett’s grounding

The Primal Wound | Notes & Critical Review

Nancy Newton Verrier. The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. Gateway Press, Inc., 1993. (225 pages) Preface …it was easier for us to give her love than it was for her to accept it. (xiii) At the same time that she

The Primal Wound | Notes & Critical Review

Nancy Newton Verrier. The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. Gateway Press, Inc., 1993. (225 pages) Preface …it was easier for us to give her love than it was for her to accept it. (xiii) At the same time that she

TED | Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation

All right, I want to see a show of hands: how many of you have unfriended someone on Facebook because they said something offensive about politics or religion, childcare, food And how many of you know at least one person

TED | Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation

All right, I want to see a show of hands: how many of you have unfriended someone on Facebook because they said something offensive about politics or religion, childcare, food And how many of you know at least one person

What’s Wrong With Religion? | Notes & Critical Review

Skye Jethani. What’s Wrong With Religion? 9 Things No One Told You About Faith. Skypilot Media, 2017. (119 pages) NOTES Intro: Religion Is A Game Chapter 1 Everyone Is Religious The idea that all spiritual paths lead to the same destination

What’s Wrong With Religion? | Notes & Critical Review

Skye Jethani. What’s Wrong With Religion? 9 Things No One Told You About Faith. Skypilot Media, 2017. (119 pages) NOTES Intro: Religion Is A Game Chapter 1 Everyone Is Religious The idea that all spiritual paths lead to the same destination

Silence | Reflections & Select Quotes

Silence [R] 2016. Wikipedia page. Anthony Lane, New Yorker, “Martin Scorsese’s Strained ‘Silence’”; John Patterson, The Guardian, “Silence: Scorsese’s new film is not worth making a noise about”; Emma Green, The Atlantic, “Martin Scorsese’s Radical Act of Turning Theology Into

Silence | Reflections & Select Quotes

Silence [R] 2016. Wikipedia page. Anthony Lane, New Yorker, “Martin Scorsese’s Strained ‘Silence’”; John Patterson, The Guardian, “Silence: Scorsese’s new film is not worth making a noise about”; Emma Green, The Atlantic, “Martin Scorsese’s Radical Act of Turning Theology Into

TED | Lisa Feldman Barrett: You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions, your brain creates them

My research lab sits about a mile from where several bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon in 2013. The surviving bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of Chechnya, was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Now, when a jury has to make the decision between life in

TED | Lisa Feldman Barrett: You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions, your brain creates them

My research lab sits about a mile from where several bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon in 2013. The surviving bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of Chechnya, was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Now, when a jury has to make the decision between life in

TED | Elizabeth Gilbert: your elusive creative genius

I am a writer. Writing books is my profession but it’s more than that, of course. It is also my great lifelong love and fascination. And I don’t expect that that’s ever going to change. But, that said, something kind of peculiar has happened

TED | Elizabeth Gilbert: your elusive creative genius

I am a writer. Writing books is my profession but it’s more than that, of course. It is also my great lifelong love and fascination. And I don’t expect that that’s ever going to change. But, that said, something kind of peculiar has happened

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TED | Christopher Ategeka: How adoption worked for me

How many of you are tired of seeing celebrities adopting kids from the African continent? Well, it’s not all that bad. I was adopted. I grew up in rural Uganda, lost both my parents when I was very, very young. And when my parents passed, I

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TED | Christopher Ategeka: How adoption worked for me

How many of you are tired of seeing celebrities adopting kids from the African continent? Well, it’s not all that bad. I was adopted. I grew up in rural Uganda, lost both my parents when I was very, very young. And when my parents passed, I

Tribe | Notes & Reflections

Sebastian Junger. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. HarperCollins, 2016. (167 pages) Introduction I wanted the chance to prove my worth to my community and my peers, but I lived in a time and a place where nothing dangerous ever really happened.

Tribe | Notes & Reflections

Sebastian Junger. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. HarperCollins, 2016. (167 pages) Introduction I wanted the chance to prove my worth to my community and my peers, but I lived in a time and a place where nothing dangerous ever really happened.

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus | Review & Notes

Lois Tverberg. Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding. Baker Books, 2017. (285 pages) REVIEW The third installment of Tverberg’s series (after Sitting and Walking), Reading is similar in tone and approach, and is yet again, another

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus | Review & Notes

Lois Tverberg. Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding. Baker Books, 2017. (285 pages) REVIEW The third installment of Tverberg’s series (after Sitting and Walking), Reading is similar in tone and approach, and is yet again, another

The Rise and Fall Of Adam and Eve | Quick Review & Notes

Stephen Greenblatt. The Rise and Fall Of Adam And Eve. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2017. (419 pages) QUICK REVIEW This is one of the most comprehensive and eye-opening historical narratives on the subject of Adam and Eve I’ve ever

The Rise and Fall Of Adam and Eve | Quick Review & Notes

Stephen Greenblatt. The Rise and Fall Of Adam And Eve. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2017. (419 pages) QUICK REVIEW This is one of the most comprehensive and eye-opening historical narratives on the subject of Adam and Eve I’ve ever

TED | Angélica Dass: The beauty of human skin in every color

It has been 128 years since the last country in the world abolished slavery and 53 years since Martin Luther King pronounced his “I Have A Dream” speech. But we still live in a world where the color of our skin not only gives a

TED | Angélica Dass: The beauty of human skin in every color

It has been 128 years since the last country in the world abolished slavery and 53 years since Martin Luther King pronounced his “I Have A Dream” speech. But we still live in a world where the color of our skin not only gives a

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

The Mind Of God | Review & Notes

Dr. Jay Lombard. The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and A Search for the Soul. Harmony Books, 2017. (197 pages) REVIEW In sum, I haven’t read a book in a long time of which I had so much appreciation, wonder, and

The Mind Of God | Review & Notes

Dr. Jay Lombard. The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and A Search for the Soul. Harmony Books, 2017. (197 pages) REVIEW In sum, I haven’t read a book in a long time of which I had so much appreciation, wonder, and

Putin’s Revenge | Reflections & Transcript

PBS, FRONTLINE (Parts 1, 2) tells the inside story of how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy — and why he decided to target an American election. Reflections If we can set aside partisanship, and

Putin’s Revenge | Reflections & Transcript

PBS, FRONTLINE (Parts 1, 2) tells the inside story of how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy — and why he decided to target an American election. Reflections If we can set aside partisanship, and

Tickling Giants | Reflections

Tickling Giants (2016) TV-14 | 1h 51min | Documentary | 10 April 2017 (Egypt) One of the most engaging documentaries I’ve seen in a while, Tickling Giants displays what we in America often take for granted, presenting democracy and its innate values more accurately as a humanity-wrenching value. It

Tickling Giants | Reflections

Tickling Giants (2016) TV-14 | 1h 51min | Documentary | 10 April 2017 (Egypt) One of the most engaging documentaries I’ve seen in a while, Tickling Giants displays what we in America often take for granted, presenting democracy and its innate values more accurately as a humanity-wrenching value. It

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

Church Clarity | Critique

On October 18 2017, Jonathan Merritt of Religion News Services (RNS) published this article, giving a broader reach to the organization, Church Clarity (CC). From their website, they state “the problem” and “our solution”: The Problem There are millions of churches

Church Clarity | Critique

On October 18 2017, Jonathan Merritt of Religion News Services (RNS) published this article, giving a broader reach to the organization, Church Clarity (CC). From their website, they state “the problem” and “our solution”: The Problem There are millions of churches

God Is Disappointed In You | Notes & Highlights

Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler. God is Disappointed In You. Top Shelf Productions, 2013. (223 pages) Below are some of my highlights and underlines. I did not include my notes on where Russell misreads the narrative, of which there are a

God Is Disappointed In You | Notes & Highlights

Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler. God is Disappointed In You. Top Shelf Productions, 2013. (223 pages) Below are some of my highlights and underlines. I did not include my notes on where Russell misreads the narrative, of which there are a

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

Whose In Charge? | Notes & Reflections

Michael S. Gazzaniga. Who’s In Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain. HarperCollins, 2011. (260 pages) INTRODUCTION We all feel the tug of an insatiable desire to carry on the quest to know more about the situation in which

Whose In Charge? | Notes & Reflections

Michael S. Gazzaniga. Who’s In Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain. HarperCollins, 2011. (260 pages) INTRODUCTION We all feel the tug of an insatiable desire to carry on the quest to know more about the situation in which

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

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.

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

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.

People To Be Loved | Critical Review

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

People To Be Loved | Critical Review

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

The “Nashville Statement” | Exhortations & Critical Reflections

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

The “Nashville Statement” | Exhortations & Critical Reflections

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

Searching For Sunday | Reflections & Notes

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;

Searching For Sunday | Reflections & Notes

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;

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Accidental Courtesy | Reflections

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

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Accidental Courtesy | Reflections

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

Just Mercy | Review, Reflections, and Notes

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

Just Mercy | Review, Reflections, and Notes

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

Global Leadership Summit 2017 | Live Notes & Reflections

[The following are live blogging notes, and may or may not be exact quotes.] Introduction: “We do not begin as the leaders we will become.” Bill Hybels Everyone wins when a leader gets better. We all owe huge debts who

Global Leadership Summit 2017 | Live Notes & Reflections

[The following are live blogging notes, and may or may not be exact quotes.] Introduction: “We do not begin as the leaders we will become.” Bill Hybels Everyone wins when a leader gets better. We all owe huge debts who

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

Youth Ministry’s Pivot in the Faith and Science Conversation | Critical Reflections

This article was inboxed to me by a congregant and friend. Out of respect for the people I serve and with whom I share community, I offer below the article in full with my comments in bold and blue, “[via:…].” Youth

Youth Ministry’s Pivot in the Faith and Science Conversation | Critical Reflections

This article was inboxed to me by a congregant and friend. Out of respect for the people I serve and with whom I share community, I offer below the article in full with my comments in bold and blue, “[via:…].” Youth

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time | Reflections

Wikipedia entry. With similarities to Next To Normal, (one of my favorite productions of all time), The Curious Incident put on stage the mind of Autism, and drew the audience in to the head space through lights, and actors. It was a

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time | Reflections

Wikipedia entry. With similarities to Next To Normal, (one of my favorite productions of all time), The Curious Incident put on stage the mind of Autism, and drew the audience in to the head space through lights, and actors. It was a

Not In God’s Name | Notes & Reflections

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. Schocken Books, 2015. (305 pages) I: Bad Faith 1. Altruistic Evil Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. – Blaise Pascal Religion

Not In God’s Name | Notes & Reflections

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. Schocken Books, 2015. (305 pages) I: Bad Faith 1. Altruistic Evil Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. – Blaise Pascal Religion

A Failure Of Nerve | Review & Notes

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

A Failure Of Nerve | Review & Notes

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

Bitten By A Camel | Notes, Reflections, & Critical Review

Kent Dobson. Bitten By A Camel. Fortress Press, 2017. (158 pages) [These notes and review is of a pre-publication copy.] 1. Spiritual Mountaineering If you want to be shaken to your core, if you want to eat amazing food, if you

Bitten By A Camel | Notes, Reflections, & Critical Review

Kent Dobson. Bitten By A Camel. Fortress Press, 2017. (158 pages) [These notes and review is of a pre-publication copy.] 1. Spiritual Mountaineering If you want to be shaken to your core, if you want to eat amazing food, if you

The Folly Of God | Reflections & Notes

John D. Caputo. The Folly Of God: A Theology of the Unconditional. Polebridge Press, 2016. Richard M. Allen of Religious Theory review; CRI article by Hank Hanegraaff; Currents in Catholic Thought review; Derek Rishmawy review. Reflections I have considered–through personal contemplation

The Folly Of God | Reflections & Notes

John D. Caputo. The Folly Of God: A Theology of the Unconditional. Polebridge Press, 2016. Richard M. Allen of Religious Theory review; CRI article by Hank Hanegraaff; Currents in Catholic Thought review; Derek Rishmawy review. Reflections I have considered–through personal contemplation

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

Homecoming King | Reflections

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

Homecoming King | Reflections

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

Option B | Notes & Reflections

Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. (226 pages) OptionB.org; Sheryl Sandberg’s Advice for Grieving, by REBECCA J. ROSEN, The Atlantic; In Option B, Sheryl Sandberg Takes the Hacker Way Through Grief,

Option B | Notes & Reflections

Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. (226 pages) OptionB.org; Sheryl Sandberg’s Advice for Grieving, by REBECCA J. ROSEN, The Atlantic; In Option B, Sheryl Sandberg Takes the Hacker Way Through Grief,

The New Testament And The People Of God | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. The New Testament And The People of God. Fortress Press, 1992. (535 pages) REFLECTIONS This read and post was most definitely one of my most engaged labors of love in my life of study. I began reading NTPG over

The New Testament And The People Of God | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. The New Testament And The People of God. Fortress Press, 1992. (535 pages) REFLECTIONS This read and post was most definitely one of my most engaged labors of love in my life of study. I began reading NTPG over

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

The Idea Book | Quotes

Fredrik Härén. The Idea Book. “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” – Walter Lippmann “Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” – George Lois “An invasion of

The Idea Book | Quotes

Fredrik Härén. The Idea Book. “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” – Walter Lippmann “Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” – George Lois “An invasion of

Rex | Tribute

I got word today that my youth pastor — the one who has my same middle name, who baptized me, who was the first to inspire me with the power of a good sermon, who allowed me to drive his

Rex | Tribute

I got word today that my youth pastor — the one who has my same middle name, who baptized me, who was the first to inspire me with the power of a good sermon, who allowed me to drive his

The Theory of Everything | Reflections

The Theory of Everything, 2014. [PG-13] Christianity Today review; The Guardian, The Theory of Everything Does Jane Hawking A Disservice; “Look what we made” I spend more than my fair share of time contemplating and discussing matters of faith, science, naturalism,

The Theory of Everything | Reflections

The Theory of Everything, 2014. [PG-13] Christianity Today review; The Guardian, The Theory of Everything Does Jane Hawking A Disservice; “Look what we made” I spend more than my fair share of time contemplating and discussing matters of faith, science, naturalism,

Honest To God | Notes

John Arthur Thomas (A.T.) Robinson. Honest To God. Westminster, SCM Press, 1963. (143 pages) NTWright Page’s Doubts About Doubt; Not Nearly Radical Enough: The Irony of John Robinson’s ‘Honest to God’ by Geoff Thompson; BBC News: When did people stop thinking God lives on

Honest To God | Notes

John Arthur Thomas (A.T.) Robinson. Honest To God. Westminster, SCM Press, 1963. (143 pages) NTWright Page’s Doubts About Doubt; Not Nearly Radical Enough: The Irony of John Robinson’s ‘Honest to God’ by Geoff Thompson; BBC News: When did people stop thinking God lives on

The Exodus You Almost Passed Over | Notes

Rabbi David Fohrman. The Exodus You Almost Passed Over. Aleph Beta Press, 2016. (286 pages) Aleph Beta page; Stu Halpern, Jewish Book Council; Zev Brenner interview; Mayim Bialik review; Jewish Learning Initiative review; Preface To simply use the Bible as fodder

The Exodus You Almost Passed Over | Notes

Rabbi David Fohrman. The Exodus You Almost Passed Over. Aleph Beta Press, 2016. (286 pages) Aleph Beta page; Stu Halpern, Jewish Book Council; Zev Brenner interview; Mayim Bialik review; Jewish Learning Initiative review; Preface To simply use the Bible as fodder

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

The New Jim Crow | Reflections & Notes

Michelle Alexander. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2010. (312 pages) Reflections For anyone with even a scosh of compassionate humanity, reading this will be difficult, perhaps causing at times outbursts of screaming

The New Jim Crow | Reflections & Notes

Michelle Alexander. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2010. (312 pages) Reflections For anyone with even a scosh of compassionate humanity, reading this will be difficult, perhaps causing at times outbursts of screaming

The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls | Notes

Hershel Shanks. The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Biblical Archaeology Society, 1998. (246 pages) INTRODUCTION Between the early 1950s and 1956, archaeologists and bedouin vied with one another to find more scrolls, and eventually a library of over

The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls | Notes

Hershel Shanks. The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Biblical Archaeology Society, 1998. (246 pages) INTRODUCTION Between the early 1950s and 1956, archaeologists and bedouin vied with one another to find more scrolls, and eventually a library of over

Christ Actually | Notes & Critical Reflections

James Carroll. Christ Actually: Reimagining Faith in the Modern Age. Penguin Books, 2014. (352 pages) LA Times Review, ‘Christ Actually’ argues for belief through imitation by Scott Korb; America: The Jesuit Review by Kevin Spinale; Washington Post review by Kate Moos; Boston Globe

Christ Actually | Notes & Critical Reflections

James Carroll. Christ Actually: Reimagining Faith in the Modern Age. Penguin Books, 2014. (352 pages) LA Times Review, ‘Christ Actually’ argues for belief through imitation by Scott Korb; America: The Jesuit Review by Kevin Spinale; Washington Post review by Kate Moos; Boston Globe

13th: A Conversation With Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay | Reflections

13TH: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay – Netflix We’re all human at the kitchen table. – Ava DuVernay Our church has been going through The New Jim Crow for our book club, and I’ve been personally growing

13th: A Conversation With Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay | Reflections

13TH: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay – Netflix We’re all human at the kitchen table. – Ava DuVernay Our church has been going through The New Jim Crow for our book club, and I’ve been personally growing

Birth of a Movement | Reflections

This documentary is the story of William Monroe (W.M.) Trotter, the nearly forgotten editor of a Boston black newspaper who helped launch a nationwide movement in 1915 to ban Hollywood’s first blockbuster movie, the later controversial The Birth of a

Birth of a Movement | Reflections

This documentary is the story of William Monroe (W.M.) Trotter, the nearly forgotten editor of a Boston black newspaper who helped launch a nationwide movement in 1915 to ban Hollywood’s first blockbuster movie, the later controversial The Birth of a

The Big Picture | Notes & Critical Review

Sean Carroll. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. Dutton, 2016. (470 pages) Prologue We have two goals in front of us. One is to explain the story of our universe and why we

The Big Picture | Notes & Critical Review

Sean Carroll. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. Dutton, 2016. (470 pages) Prologue We have two goals in front of us. One is to explain the story of our universe and why we

Finding A Way Forward: Mass Incarceration, Community Policing, & The Effects On The Family | Notes

Panelists: George Gascón,  San Francisco District Attorney and former Chief of Police. Frederick Hutson, founder, CEO and Head of Product for Pigeonly, a service which allows inmates to efficiently and affordably connect with their families and loved ones. Pastor Michael McBride

Finding A Way Forward: Mass Incarceration, Community Policing, & The Effects On The Family | Notes

Panelists: George Gascón,  San Francisco District Attorney and former Chief of Police. Frederick Hutson, founder, CEO and Head of Product for Pigeonly, a service which allows inmates to efficiently and affordably connect with their families and loved ones. Pastor Michael McBride

TED | Thordis Elva & Tom Stanger: Our Story of Rape and Reconciliation

[This talk contains graphic language and descriptions of sexual violence Viewer discretion is advised] 0:15 Tom Stranger: In 1996, when I was 18 years old, I had the golden opportunity to go on an international exchange program. Ironically I’m an

TED | Thordis Elva & Tom Stanger: Our Story of Rape and Reconciliation

[This talk contains graphic language and descriptions of sexual violence Viewer discretion is advised] 0:15 Tom Stranger: In 1996, when I was 18 years old, I had the golden opportunity to go on an international exchange program. Ironically I’m an

TED | Robb Willer: How To Have Better Political Conversations

So you probably have the sense, as most people do, that polarization is getting worse in our country, that the divide between the left and the right is as bad as it’s been in really any of our lifetimes. But

TED | Robb Willer: How To Have Better Political Conversations

So you probably have the sense, as most people do, that polarization is getting worse in our country, that the divide between the left and the right is as bad as it’s been in really any of our lifetimes. But

Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team | Notes

Patrick Lencioni. Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators. 2005. …a team is a relatively small number of people (anywhere from three to twelve) that shares common goals as well as the

Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team | Notes

Patrick Lencioni. Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators. 2005. …a team is a relatively small number of people (anywhere from three to twelve) that shares common goals as well as the

Jim Wallis: Bridge to a New America | Live Notes & Reflections

Thank you, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church for hosting. LIVE NOTES Thank you for being among us, and being a prophet in our midst. – Karin Hejmanowski Racism is not a topic that people want to talk about. And yet, here you

Jim Wallis: Bridge to a New America | Live Notes & Reflections

Thank you, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church for hosting. LIVE NOTES Thank you for being among us, and being a prophet in our midst. – Karin Hejmanowski Racism is not a topic that people want to talk about. And yet, here you

Trump’s Road to the White House | Reflections

Trump’s Road to the White House. Frontline, PBS, 2017. I realize that commenting on anything political in this season is highly risk, so rather than comment, perhaps a reflection? As I have said many times before, the principle, “seek first

Trump’s Road to the White House | Reflections

Trump’s Road to the White House. Frontline, PBS, 2017. I realize that commenting on anything political in this season is highly risk, so rather than comment, perhaps a reflection? As I have said many times before, the principle, “seek first

The Divine Magician | Notes & Critical Reflections

Peter Rollins. The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and The Discovery of Faith. Howard Books, 2015. (189 pages) Gladys Ganiel review; Jeremy Jernigan review; The Divine Magician introduction videos on YouTube; The Sanctuary was empty and the Holy of Holies

The Divine Magician | Notes & Critical Reflections

Peter Rollins. The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and The Discovery of Faith. Howard Books, 2015. (189 pages) Gladys Ganiel review; Jeremy Jernigan review; The Divine Magician introduction videos on YouTube; The Sanctuary was empty and the Holy of Holies

Divided States Of America | Review & Reflections

PBS Frontline. Divided States of America. 2017. Synopsis: FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship that gridlocked Washington in the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president. —review— In good Frontline fashion, this two-part documentary is a measured

Divided States Of America | Review & Reflections

PBS Frontline. Divided States of America. 2017. Synopsis: FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship that gridlocked Washington in the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president. —review— In good Frontline fashion, this two-part documentary is a measured