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Where you get your news matters

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:23:13 +0000

As I sit and write today we are in day two of Donald Trump’s presidency. Across the United States and around the world, hundreds of thousands of people are marching in protest of Trump’s disregard for women and minorities. It’s likely that the number of attendees at the marches in Washington, DC, will far outnumber […]

Finished reading: Introduction to the Old Testament by J. Alberto Soggin

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:20:47 +0000

John Halton’s review set me on this one, and I had much the same response to it that he did. Soggin’s work looks at the Old Testament from a historical perspective and dives heavily into textual criticism. It is eye-opening for this conservative evangelical to see how far the academically-accepted historical background of the OT […]

The most moving video I’ve seen in quite a while…

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:26:48 +0000

President Obama awards VP Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his 40 years of public service. Biden has no idea the award is coming. Agree with their politics or not, these are respectable men who have each served their country well. The friendship and love they have for each other is […]

Finished reading: How to Survive a Shipwreck by Jonathan Martin

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:13:51 +0000

Read this one on a business trip this week. Having nothing to do with actual nautical survival skills, this book is Martin’s personal confessional and memoir of the breakup of his marriage and leaving the pastorate at his church. Martin is a very talented writer, and while some of the initial Scripture applications are a […]

Thanks, Obama.

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:04:09 +0000

A little more than 8 years ago I did something I’d never done before, and voted for a Democrat for president. For a born-and-raised Republican, this was a big step. But there was something about this man that was special. He talked in an inspiring way about hope that we hadn’t heard from politicians in […]

Finished reading: Broken Trust by W.E.B. Griffin

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:30:39 +0000

I got sucked into Griffin’s Badge of Honor series years ago. This is book #13, and the hero is still only 27 years old, and opens the story still suffering from the wound he suffered in book #12. Hey, if Griffin is still making money cranking these out at age 87, good for him. But […]

Finished reading: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:24:39 +0000

Found this on the library shelf and was a challenging read to start the year. Is Kendi making an effort to be super-even-handed? Nope. But he has enough facts on his side to make a compelling account. From the first white settlers colonizing through the beginning of the 21st century, he highlights the terrifying history […]

Books I Read in 2016

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:09:20 +0000

Another year, another book list. I think this year I can at least say that the unread book pile gathering dust by my bed is a little smaller than it has been in previous year. My reading list for 2016 is on Goodreads. To summarize my year in reading: I read 76 books in total. […]

Talking Complementarianism and Egalitarianism with Brent Thomas

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 01:07:16 +0000

Brent Thomas is kicking the dust off his blog in the hopes of fostering some charitable discussions on contentious topics. He starts out with a doozy: complementarianism vs. egalitarianism. Let’s start with “complimentarianism” and “egalitarianism”. For those not familiar with these terms, they have to do with the idea of gender roles, particularly in ministry […]

Entirely resilient

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:34:29 +0000

If outside it’s all gone mad In Christian ways or not Still is the world, this gorgeous world Entirely resilient — stanza attributed to “Storm”, quoted by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in one of his late letters from prison.