RBG | Reflections

https://www.rbgmovie.com %5BPG%5D 2018. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique

RBG | Reflections

https://www.rbgmovie.com %5BPG%5D 2018. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique

“Mom, I’m Gay” | Reflections & Notes

Susan Cottrell. “Mom, I’m Gay”: Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith. Westminster John Knox Press, 2016. (177 pages) REFLECTIONS One of the major dividing elements in the current theological/ecclesiological debate on human sexuality is the overarching tension of “hermeneutical

“Mom, I’m Gay” | Reflections & Notes

Susan Cottrell. “Mom, I’m Gay”: Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith. Westminster John Knox Press, 2016. (177 pages) REFLECTIONS One of the major dividing elements in the current theological/ecclesiological debate on human sexuality is the overarching tension of “hermeneutical

Man’s Search For Meaning | Reflections & Notes

Viktor E. Frankl. Man’s Search For Meaning. Beacon Press, 2006. (165 pages) Teacher’s Guide: (9780807014295.pdf) REFLECTIONS This may be one of the most important books I’ve read, ever. Why? Exactly. Everything from love as grounded in being, tragedy as overcome by

Man’s Search For Meaning | Reflections & Notes

Viktor E. Frankl. Man’s Search For Meaning. Beacon Press, 2006. (165 pages) Teacher’s Guide: (9780807014295.pdf) REFLECTIONS This may be one of the most important books I’ve read, ever. Why? Exactly. Everything from love as grounded in being, tragedy as overcome by

The Color of Compromise | Reflections & Notes

Jemar Tisby. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. Zondervan, 2019. (253 pages) REFLECTIONS We should all be unsettled at our history; the ancestors and ideologies that have preceded us. We should be equally dispirited

The Color of Compromise | Reflections & Notes

Jemar Tisby. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. Zondervan, 2019. (253 pages) REFLECTIONS We should all be unsettled at our history; the ancestors and ideologies that have preceded us. We should be equally dispirited

Boy Erased | Reflections

Boy Erased [R], 2018. Reflections The most important events in our lives are rarely just about one thing. That which is most significant to us is also most complicated, intermixing with multiple aspects of our existence. So it is with Boy

Boy Erased | Reflections

Boy Erased [R], 2018. Reflections The most important events in our lives are rarely just about one thing. That which is most significant to us is also most complicated, intermixing with multiple aspects of our existence. So it is with Boy

Roadmap to Reconciliation | Reflections & Notes

Brenda Salter McNeil. Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice. InterVarsity Press, 2015. (135 pages) Igniting Reconciliation (https://www.saltermcneil.com/roadmap-to-reconciliation) REFLECTIONS In short, the topic, thrust, ethic, and aim of this book is brilliant, compelling, and extremely valuable. The style

Roadmap to Reconciliation | Reflections & Notes

Brenda Salter McNeil. Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice. InterVarsity Press, 2015. (135 pages) Igniting Reconciliation (https://www.saltermcneil.com/roadmap-to-reconciliation) REFLECTIONS In short, the topic, thrust, ethic, and aim of this book is brilliant, compelling, and extremely valuable. The style

Living In A Gray World | Reflections, Notes, and Critique

Preston Sprinkle. Living In A Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2015. (155 pages) Read the First Chapter. REFLECTIONS I won’t say much here, as I’ve already provided a critical review on Preston’s previous book, People To Be

Living In A Gray World | Reflections, Notes, and Critique

Preston Sprinkle. Living In A Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2015. (155 pages) Read the First Chapter. REFLECTIONS I won’t say much here, as I’ve already provided a critical review on Preston’s previous book, People To Be

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So you want to talk about race | Reflections & Notes

Ijeoma Oluo. So you want to talk about race. Seal Press, 2018. (248 pages) REFLECTIONS I have very few reflections to share simply because this book is incredibly articulate and accessible. I do resonate with @IjeomaOluo’s comments in her Google talk [the

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So you want to talk about race | Reflections & Notes

Ijeoma Oluo. So you want to talk about race. Seal Press, 2018. (248 pages) REFLECTIONS I have very few reflections to share simply because this book is incredibly articulate and accessible. I do resonate with @IjeomaOluo’s comments in her Google talk [the

TED | Kai-Fu Lee: How AI Can Save Our Humanity (Transcript & Reflections)

I’m going to talk about how AI and mankind can coexist, but first, we have to rethink about our human values. So let me first make a confession about my errors in my values. It was 11 o’clock, December 16,

TED | Kai-Fu Lee: How AI Can Save Our Humanity (Transcript & Reflections)

I’m going to talk about how AI and mankind can coexist, but first, we have to rethink about our human values. So let me first make a confession about my errors in my values. It was 11 o’clock, December 16,

The Myth of Certainty | Reflections & Notes

Daniel Taylor. The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & The Risk of Commitment. InterVarsity Press, 1992. (158 pages) MYTH-excerpt-pdfs-copy REFLECTIONS There is no other book I’ve read that has captured my spiritual journey and process as clearly as this one.

The Myth of Certainty | Reflections & Notes

Daniel Taylor. The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & The Risk of Commitment. InterVarsity Press, 1992. (158 pages) MYTH-excerpt-pdfs-copy REFLECTIONS There is no other book I’ve read that has captured my spiritual journey and process as clearly as this one.

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor | Reflections & Notes

Tren Griffin. Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor. Columbia University Press, 2015. (209 pages) REFLECTIONS I have always considered money to be a reflection of something more than mere dollars and cents. Add to that Yuval Noah Harari’s description of money as

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor | Reflections & Notes

Tren Griffin. Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor. Columbia University Press, 2015. (209 pages) REFLECTIONS I have always considered money to be a reflection of something more than mere dollars and cents. Add to that Yuval Noah Harari’s description of money as

Between XX and XY | Notes

Gerald N. Callahan, Ph.D. Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes. Chicago Review Press, 2009. (195 pages) NOTES Introduction Human sex is not something that switches irreversibly between two poles–male and female–like an on/off switch on a

Between XX and XY | Notes

Gerald N. Callahan, Ph.D. Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes. Chicago Review Press, 2009. (195 pages) NOTES Introduction Human sex is not something that switches irreversibly between two poles–male and female–like an on/off switch on a

The Amygdala Song

Brilliant. The Amygdala Song lyrics the amygdala’s a button in my limbic brain it’s really not complicated, i’ll explain: if something happens suddenly to do me harm my amygdala rings like a tiny alarm if a sabre-tooth tiger’s jumpin’ out

The Amygdala Song

Brilliant. The Amygdala Song lyrics the amygdala’s a button in my limbic brain it’s really not complicated, i’ll explain: if something happens suddenly to do me harm my amygdala rings like a tiny alarm if a sabre-tooth tiger’s jumpin’ out

I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye | Reflections

https://www.isurvivedikdg.com What if you gave millions of people the wrong advice? Reflections I can’t even imagine the emotional journey it must be to begin rethinking and apologizing for the work that so characterized the majority of one’s professional reputation. In

I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye | Reflections

https://www.isurvivedikdg.com What if you gave millions of people the wrong advice? Reflections I can’t even imagine the emotional journey it must be to begin rethinking and apologizing for the work that so characterized the majority of one’s professional reputation. In

Invested | Review & Highlights

Danielle Town & Phil Town. Invested: How warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money. William Morro, 2018. (319 pages) REVIEW 80-90% of this book is filled with personal anecdotes by Danielle on her

Invested | Review & Highlights

Danielle Town & Phil Town. Invested: How warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money. William Morro, 2018. (319 pages) REVIEW 80-90% of this book is filled with personal anecdotes by Danielle on her

Believed podcast | Reflections

REFLECTIONS This series is one of the most insightfully disturbing, tragically illuminating, and piercingly convicting podcasts I’ve listened to. The Larry Nassar case and story is no doubt about one man’s serial abuse of children and young women. It is

Believed podcast | Reflections

REFLECTIONS This series is one of the most insightfully disturbing, tragically illuminating, and piercingly convicting podcasts I’ve listened to. The Larry Nassar case and story is no doubt about one man’s serial abuse of children and young women. It is

TED | Douglas Rushkoff: Team Human

I got invited to an exclusive resort to deliver a talk about the digital future to what I assumed would be a couple of hundred tech executives. And I was there in the green room, waiting to go on, and

TED | Douglas Rushkoff: Team Human

I got invited to an exclusive resort to deliver a talk about the digital future to what I assumed would be a couple of hundred tech executives. And I was there in the green room, waiting to go on, and

TED | Robin Steinberg: What if we ended the injustice of bail?

“I hate injustice and simply can’t sit still when I see it.” TRANSCRIPT I will never forget the first time I visited a client in jail. The heavy, metal door slammed behind me, and I heard the key turn in

TED | Robin Steinberg: What if we ended the injustice of bail?

“I hate injustice and simply can’t sit still when I see it.” TRANSCRIPT I will never forget the first time I visited a client in jail. The heavy, metal door slammed behind me, and I heard the key turn in

Finite and Infinite Games | Notes

James P. Carse. Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility. Ballantine Books, 1986. (180 pages) The rules of the finite games may not change; the rules of an infinite game must change. Finite players play within boundaries;

Finite and Infinite Games | Notes

James P. Carse. Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility. Ballantine Books, 1986. (180 pages) The rules of the finite games may not change; the rules of an infinite game must change. Finite players play within boundaries;

Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children

Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children Robert D. Sege, Benjamin S. Siegel, COUNCIL ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH. Online article; Download PDF; Download PDF REFLECTIONS If reading How To Traumatize Your Children

Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children

Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children Robert D. Sege, Benjamin S. Siegel, COUNCIL ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH. Online article; Download PDF; Download PDF REFLECTIONS If reading How To Traumatize Your Children

The Facebook Dilemma | Reflections

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

The Facebook Dilemma | Reflections

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

The Elements of Style | Reflections & Notes

William Strunk Jr., and E.B. White. The Elements of Style. Third Edition. Macmillan Publishing Co., 1979. REFLECTIONS I read this little book as a quick educational intensive as I embark on the journey of writing. Rather than mere rules, however, I

The Elements of Style | Reflections & Notes

William Strunk Jr., and E.B. White. The Elements of Style. Third Edition. Macmillan Publishing Co., 1979. REFLECTIONS I read this little book as a quick educational intensive as I embark on the journey of writing. Rather than mere rules, however, I

The Triumph of Christianity | Reflections & Notes

Rodney Stark. The Triumph of Christianity: How The Jesus Movement Became The World’s Largest Religion. HarperOne, 2011. (506 pages) REFLECTIONS Religion is often stereotypically dismissed as myth. But what if the academic history told about religion is actually itself the myth? My

The Triumph of Christianity | Reflections & Notes

Rodney Stark. The Triumph of Christianity: How The Jesus Movement Became The World’s Largest Religion. HarperOne, 2011. (506 pages) REFLECTIONS Religion is often stereotypically dismissed as myth. But what if the academic history told about religion is actually itself the myth? My

Why Buddhism Is True | Review & Notes

Robert Wright. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (321 pages) REVIEW There still exists in some fundamental circles a fight for the validity of one’s religion over another. This “apologetic” ethic is quite

Why Buddhism Is True | Review & Notes

Robert Wright. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (321 pages) REVIEW There still exists in some fundamental circles a fight for the validity of one’s religion over another. This “apologetic” ethic is quite

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

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

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

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

Reversing Roe | Reflections

Netflix. Reversing Roe. [NR, 2018] 99 minutes. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) Forty-five years after it revolutionized abortion law in America, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is once again at a crossroads. In their timely new

Reversing Roe | Reflections

Netflix. Reversing Roe. [NR, 2018] 99 minutes. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) Forty-five years after it revolutionized abortion law in America, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is once again at a crossroads. In their timely new

Enlightenment Now | Critical Reflections, Critical Reviews, & Notes

Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Penguin Random House, 2018. (556 pages) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS There are several possible approaches to the dilemma of this juncture in human history. Some panic. Some celebrate. Some hope and

Enlightenment Now | Critical Reflections, Critical Reviews, & Notes

Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Penguin Random House, 2018. (556 pages) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS There are several possible approaches to the dilemma of this juncture in human history. Some panic. Some celebrate. Some hope and

Disunity in Christ | Reflections & Notes

Christena Cleveland. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart. IVP Books, 2013. (220 pages) Reflections Reading this book was an exercise in feeling a continuous sense of despairing hope. First, this book was published in 2013, which means

Disunity in Christ | Reflections & Notes

Christena Cleveland. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart. IVP Books, 2013. (220 pages) Reflections Reading this book was an exercise in feeling a continuous sense of despairing hope. First, this book was published in 2013, which means

Talking Across The Divide | Review & Notes

Justin Lee. Talking Across The Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World. Tarcher Perigee, 2018. (259 pages) geekyjustin.com/tatd/; Penguin Random House publisher page REVIEW Oh how I wish that everyone who thinks arguing

Talking Across The Divide | Review & Notes

Justin Lee. Talking Across The Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World. Tarcher Perigee, 2018. (259 pages) geekyjustin.com/tatd/; Penguin Random House publisher page REVIEW Oh how I wish that everyone who thinks arguing

Documenting Hate | Reflections

Watch the film at PBS Frontline. Reflections Take a deep breath. We’re in for a long ride. Frontline has for years been a source of award-winning journalism. Through really amazing story-telling, their documentaries have consistently provided the in-depth investigation that

Documenting Hate | Reflections

Watch the film at PBS Frontline. Reflections Take a deep breath. We’re in for a long ride. Frontline has for years been a source of award-winning journalism. Through really amazing story-telling, their documentaries have consistently provided the in-depth investigation that

Global Leadership Summit 2018 | Live Notes & Concluding Thoughts & Reflections

[The following are notes taken live. I take responsibility for any misquotes or lacunae.] Tom DeVries Opening SESSION 1: Craig Groeschel Leadership is about trust and influence. You. Are. A. Leader. [Craig Groeschel then addresses that “he is not Bill

Global Leadership Summit 2018 | Live Notes & Concluding Thoughts & Reflections

[The following are notes taken live. I take responsibility for any misquotes or lacunae.] Tom DeVries Opening SESSION 1: Craig Groeschel Leadership is about trust and influence. You. Are. A. Leader. [Craig Groeschel then addresses that “he is not Bill

Costly Grace | Review & Notes

Rob Schenck. Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister’s Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love. Harper, 2018. (324 pages) Review I really love this book, for several reasons. First, the question that is American Evangelicalism–what it has become, and why it continues in

Costly Grace | Review & Notes

Rob Schenck. Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister’s Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love. Harper, 2018. (324 pages) Review I really love this book, for several reasons. First, the question that is American Evangelicalism–what it has become, and why it continues in

Oriented to Faith | Review & Notes

Tim Otto. Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships. Cascade Books, 2014. (132 pages) REVIEW Is it possible to not “take sides?” Is it reasonable to avoid polarizing conclusions for a higher value of unity, and charity in the

Oriented to Faith | Review & Notes

Tim Otto. Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships. Cascade Books, 2014. (132 pages) REVIEW Is it possible to not “take sides?” Is it reasonable to avoid polarizing conclusions for a higher value of unity, and charity in the

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