Favorite Books I Read This Year – Brother Lawrence, Biographies, Bible Studies and Bossy Pants

Over the years I am learning to love "the classics".  There is a reason why a certain book or film has stood the test of time.  Case in point: Brother Lawrence's Practice of the Presence of God.  There is more spiritual substance in this small (80 page) book than in much of what you might … Continue reading Favorite Books I Read This Year – Brother Lawrence, Biographies, Bible Studies and Bossy Pants

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Favorite Books I Read this Year – Christian Vocation

I am going to reflect on a few of my favorite books from 2011.  But note that these are books I read in 2011, not necessarily ones that were new in 2011 . One theme I harp on with the college students is calling.  Growing up I got the impression that God calls people (well, … Continue reading Favorite Books I Read this Year – Christian Vocation

Dreaming about the the Christian Community Could Do…(Part 1)

A few days ago a student asked me if I thought the church today could be like the church in the Bible.  After dispensing my usual sarcastic response ("You mean like the church in Corinth where people have all kinds of sexual immorality and get drunk at the Lord's Supper...yeah, we could probably do that") … Continue reading Dreaming about the the Christian Community Could Do…(Part 1)

Nicer People, Tech Wars, Who’s a Christian and More (Recent Reads)

Are we getting nicer? - "Despite the gloomy mood, the historical backdrop is stunning progress in human decency over recent centuries.  War is declining, and humanity is becoming less violent, less racist and less sexist — and this moral progress has accelerated in recent decades. To put it bluntly, we humans seem to be getting nicer.  That’s … Continue reading Nicer People, Tech Wars, Who’s a Christian and More (Recent Reads)