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Finished Reading: People to Be Loved by Preston Sprinkle

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:38:32 +0000

I’ve honestly been avoiding books on the topic of Christian views on homosexuality because I’ve become so familiar and fatigued with the arguments over the past decade. But this one by Preston Sprinkle caught my attention and was on sale cheap at the time on Amazon, so I downloaded it to my Kindle app and … Continue reading "Finished Reading: People to Be Loved by Preston Sprinkle"

15-year-old Chris would be in disbelief

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:38:16 +0000

File this under “things that would’ve stunned the 15-year-old Chris”. As a teenager, the evangelical Christian culture we were in lionized people like Jay Sekulow. He founded the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which was out there fighting against the secular world to protect Christians’ rights. He argued and won a 9-0 Supreme … Continue reading "15-year-old Chris would be in disbelief"

The extraordinary moment…

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:32:03 +0000

Again from Marilynne Robinson’s The Givenness of Things, from a chapter titled “Proofs”, a paragraph (which I am splitting up for online readability) about the extraordinary experience of Christian preaching: The great importance in Calvinist tradition of preaching makes the theology that gave rise to the practice of it a subject of interest. As a … Continue reading "The extraordinary moment…"

Sabbath is a way of life…

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 14:28:13 +0000

More from Marilynne Robinson’s The Givenness of Things, from a chapter titled “Decline”: The Sabbath has a way of doing just what it was meant to do, sheltering one day in seven from the demands of economics. Its benefits cannot be commercialized. Leisure, by way of contrast, is highly commercialized. But leisure is seldom more … Continue reading "Sabbath is a way of life…"

Marilynne Robinson on Cultural Pessimism

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 00:25:08 +0000

I’ve been a fan of Marilynne Robinson’s for a while now, though perhaps even more for her volumes of essays than for her award-winning novels. (As a complete aside: Robinson lives in Iowa City, and my fantasy flight back to Cedar Rapids is to end up seated next to her for the 45-minute flight from … Continue reading "Marilynne Robinson on Cultural Pessimism"

Finished Reading: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Wed, 31 May 2017 18:24:28 +0000

Grabbed this one off the library shelf on a whim. I read Kostova’s The Historian a few years back and remember enjoying it, and I was ready for some fiction. First comment on this one: bet you’ve never read a book set in modern Bulgaria before! (Kostova is an American but is married to a … Continue reading "Finished Reading: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova"

James: Gotta Trust Somebody

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:02:51 +0000

Samuel James made a couple excellent points yesterday about our intake of the newsmedia over at Mere Orthodoxy. The problem for all of us is simple: You gotta trust somebody. No human being can function as their own all self-sufficient filter… To make suspicion and distrust toward established, respected, and accountable sources of information your … Continue reading "James: Gotta Trust Somebody"

Rands: Assume they have something to teach you

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:57:13 +0000

A brilliant post from Rands today that has broad applicability beyond managing in the tech industry. When stuck with “marginal” meetings that don’t have apparent value going into them, Rands says he takes this approach: The marginal meeting. It needs to be there, so I must figure out an angle to increase the value. I’ve … Continue reading "Rands: Assume they have something to teach you"

Finished reading: another compendium

Mon, 01 May 2017 13:15:44 +0000

Finished reading: Since I can’t seem to get individual posts written… The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan A short history of the world as viewed with the Persia / India / China Silk Road corridor as the center of the action. Interesting in parts, though was far more of … Continue reading "Finished reading: another compendium"

Pavarotti, Moscow, 1964

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:26:52 +0000

So I’m not really an opera guy but this video of Luciano Pavarotti singing in Moscow in 1964 is amazing nevertheless. It’s a little odd seeing him so young (age 29 or so), with no beard, and his eyebrow action is, well, non-trivial, but the level of vocal control is ridiculously impressive. Worth the 3 … Continue reading "Pavarotti, Moscow, 1964"