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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"

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"