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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"

Finished reading: a few more…

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:31:08 +0000

Summertime seems to make it hard to get through too many, but here are a few more books that I’ve finished over the past few weeks… Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler Ohler’s book is partly a technical explanation of the development of opiates and methamphetamines by German pharmaceutical companies and partly … Continue reading "Finished reading: a few more…"


Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:38:29 +0000

Nineteen years ago today Becky and I were married. If I search back through the archives on this blog I’m sure I’d find that I have used the same phrases almost every year. Yes, it was a hot day. Yes, we were young. No, we really didn’t know what we were getting into. But nineteen … Continue reading "Nineteen"

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"