2019 Reading, Compendium #5

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A High View of Scripture? The Authority of the Bible and the Formation of the New Testament Canon by Craig D. AllertSee my prior review here. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonA quick engaging read. But honestly, Bryson’s prose is so breezy and clever that I’m inclined to distrust it. Directorate S: […]

In The Shelter: Naming the Gadarene Demoniac

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I’m currently reading Pádraig Ó Tuama‘s wonderful In the Shelter: Finding a Home In the World. His reading of this bit of the story about the Gadarene Demoniac from Mark 5 took my breath away: Jesus asks him what his name is. The man answers: ‘ My name is Legion, for we are many.’ This […]

A High View of Scripture?

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About a year ago I started getting interested in historical criticism as it relates to the Bible. As I explored and read several books, I kept wondering: where was this discussion, or even the acknowledgement of this topic, in the evangelical tradition in which I grew up? Most all I’ve ever encountered in evangelicalism in […]

2019 Reading, Compendium #4

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Goodness, I’ve let this go a while without providing a list. Here we go… Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America by Darren DochukA fascinating look at how the oil industry worked hand in hand with evangelical Christianity to shape America in the 20th century. Read Heath W. Carter’s 5-star review over […]

A justice not to be feared but to be longed for

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Here is my servant, whom I uphold my chosen, in whom my soul delightsI have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he […]

Family Movie Night: Chain Reaction (1996)

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With a kid under the weather after some dental work, it was a good night for a family movie. The library provided the convenient loan of a nostalgia pick for Becky and me: Chain Reaction, the 1996 film starring Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, and Rachel Weisz. If you’d asked me before I looked it up, […]

Bullet Points for a Monday Morning

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Because it’s been a while… Lots of topics have rattled around in my head… none have congealed enough for a real post. Oh well. We did an Alaska vacation in July. It was amazing. It’s really kind of sad that I haven’t posted anything about it so far. It’s September, which means my summer cheering […]

2019 Reading, Compendium #3

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A few added to my list… Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil GaimanSomehow I’d not read this before, and with all the buzz on the Amazon TV series, figured it was worth giving it a try. I find Pratchett an acquired taste… one which I’m […]

Richard Beck: Love in Post-Progressive Christianity

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Richard Beck has a series going on an approach he calls “post-progressive Christianity”. I’ve appreciated it a lot as he works to identify the good things progressive strains of Christianity have to offer but also where they fall short. I found his recent post on Love to particularly hit the mark: All that to say, […]

Time to weed out some candidates

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I’ve spent a few hours now sitting down with my 13-year-old daughter to watch the two nights of Democratic debates. (Yay for a kid who is interested in politics!) And while it was interesting to see 20 people on stage, it’s definitely time to weed some candidates out. Can we continue the race with just […]