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Book Blame, Volume 2

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:11:51 +0000

Once again it’s time to blame thank the people that recommend books that provoke me to purchase things from Amazon. In this case, I have a couple places to give credit. The latest book headed my way from Amazon is The Orthodox Way by Bishop Kallistos Ware. This was driven by a tweet from Graham … Continue reading "Book Blame, Volume 2"

A little random follow-up

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:17:50 +0000

Nearly a year ago I wrote a post dismayed about a church looking for a part-time Director of Music with almost unbelievable qualifications. Just to recap, they were looking for: Significant musical experience in performing and directing a contemporary band along with experience in songwriting and production. Must be able to incorporate strings, percussion, and … Continue reading "A little random follow-up"

David Bentley Hart, from The Doors of the Sea

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:39:49 +0000

A lovely passage from the conclusion of The Doors of the Sea, wherein David Bentley Hart addresses the how can a good God allow suffering? question: [W]e Christians are not obliged (and perhaps not even allowed) to look upon the devastation of that day – to look, that is, upon the entire littoral rim of … Continue reading "David Bentley Hart, from The Doors of the Sea"

Finished reading: some history, some sci-fi, some theology

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 18:04:49 +0000

The history: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough An interesting read about Paris – astonishingly vibrant in the mid-1800s – and the notable Americans who visited or migrated there. McCullough paints a portrait of art, science, and culture flourishing in ways that inspired the visiting Americans. It’s not the most engaging book … Continue reading "Finished reading: some history, some sci-fi, some theology"

Happiness as Human Flourishing: Matthieu Ricard on On Being

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 16:03:34 +0000

I’ve read Christian authors from time to time who seem to be flirting with Buddhism – I guess I’m thinking primarily of Thomas Merton and Richard Rohr – and I’ve never really understood the appeal. Then yesterday while mowing the lawn I listened to Krista Tippett’s interview with Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard and was captivated. … Continue reading "Happiness as Human Flourishing: Matthieu Ricard on On Being"

Yep, still reading…

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:56:56 +0000

A few more books I’ve completed lately: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson Stevenson tells the stories of many death row inmates he has represented over the years. He makes a compelling case that the justice system is broken for many of these people, documenting gross negligence of counsel, biased … Continue reading "Yep, still reading…"

Bullet points for a Friday morning

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:50:58 +0000

Hey, it’s Friday. The weather is really too nice to be sitting in the office all day today. I might have to do something about that. My oldest daughter is in the College for Kids program at Coe College this week and next. One of the classes she’s taking is Web Design, and I had … Continue reading "Bullet points for a Friday morning"