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NTW on ‘a central part of the Christian vocation’

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:42:34 +0000

[F]ollowers of Jesus have no choice. A central part of our vocation is, prayerfully and thoughtfully, to remind people with power, both official (government ministers) and unofficial (backstreet bullies), that there is a different way to be human. A true way. The Jesus way. This doesn’t mean “electing into office someone who shares our particular […]

Finished reading: a quick compendium

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:59:06 +0000

Because I’ve been lazy and not keeping up: The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies – and What They Have Done to Us by David Thomson An extensive trip through the history of filmmaking. I’m interested in movies far more than I get the opportunity to watch them, so this was an interesting read […]

Another view of ‘love of neighbor’

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 21:23:08 +0000

I was catching up on my backlog of On Being podcasts and came across a fascinating discussion with writer Alain de Botton. de Botton is an atheist, but provided a description of the idea of love of fellow citizen (in my words, “neighbor”) that was insightful to me. MR. DE BOTTON: …I think you’re onto […]

Finished reading: Now: The Physics of Time by Richard A. Muller

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:05:36 +0000

Another random library selection, and a nice change of pace from history and theology. In Now, Cal Berkeley professor Richard Muller sets out to provide a layman’s-level discussion of the nature of time and how the domain of physics interacts with and helps explain it. Muller provides an engaging discussion about relativistic time dilation, the […]

Finished reading: Instrumental: A memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music by James Rhodes

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:07:19 +0000

I’ll confess I’d never heard of James Rhodes prior to picking this book up at the library. Turns out he’s about my age, and a British classical pianist who has had some amount of popular culture impact in Britain trying to make classical music less culturally stuffy and more accessible to the masses. Instrumental isn’t […]

Finished reading: A Wretched and Precarious Situation by David Welky

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 01:31:17 +0000

Found this one on the New Books shelf at the library and figured hey, why not? Welky tells here the story of a handful of Arctic explorers who followed up on Robert Peary’s claim to have seen an Arctic continent he called “Crocker Land” (named after one of his financial sponsors). Want to trek for […]

Bullet points for a Wednesday afternoon

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:50:09 +0000

I’m glad I signed up for the 0530 kickboxing class, but it’d really help if I’d go to bed earlier at night. Short sleep + workouts = ouch. Also = zzzzzz. The folks at the coffee stand know my order (large Americano) now and have it going when I walk up. Not so great: realizing […]

Finished reading: The Whistler by John Grisham

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:59:35 +0000

Because sometimes you need some thoughtless entertainment. Even at that, Grisham is just coasting on his reputation at this point. Meh. — The Whistler

Finished Reading: Reclaiming Hope by Michael Wear

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:03:32 +0000

The buzz on this one had been going around Twitter for a while, so I was glad to pick up a copy and read. Michael Wear is a young guy who, not even out of college, worked as the White House lead for evangelical outreach during President Obama’s first term. Reclaiming Hope is part memoir […]

Finished reading: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:20:04 +0000

History, it is often said, is written by the winners. Zinn, though, undertakes to tell a history of America from the perspective of the losers, the poor, the oppressed. Think the arrival of the explorers from the perspective of the Native Americans. The colonial and early US history from the perspective of the slaves. The […]