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What I read this week

Over at Q Ideas, an argument for greater animal welfare from Christians and churches. The article is good and highlights what the Southern Baptist Convention has been doing to care for animals, but the conversation that follows is interesting . . . as they often are.   Another piece at Q Ideas that argues for … Continue reading

What I read this week

A brilliant and humbling article about ministry, life, and authentic engagements with poverty that outlines the life Sri Lankan theologian/scholar/community leader Ajith Fernando A conversation with Peter Block and Walter Brueggemann about the meaninglessness of our current political narratives  Religious exit polls from the Presidential Election. Some interesting statistics about the changes in religious affiliation and political identification as well as some data representing some strong correlations … Continue reading

Commentary: Talking about Cultural Diversity in Your Church

I just finished Michael V. Angrosino’s book Talking About Cultural Diversity in Your Church. Angrosino is a Anthropologist at the University of South Florida  and writes primarily about the South, Mental Retardation , and more recently Religion.  Since Angrosino is not a theologian or religious scholar, his perspective of faith and the church comes from a cultural, … Continue reading

Commentary: Tony Jones being “Borderline Racist”

A couple weeks ago I went to a very interesting session at Fuller Seminary on “Emerging Spiritualities in the American Church.” The key speakers were Tony Jones, Lauren Winner, and Phyllis Tickle. During the session there was some commentary about Tony’s perspective of the growth of Pentecostalism in the Global South. By his own admission, Tony, is pretty … Continue reading

Commentary: Book Review – A Place for Truth

I have to admit. I have not read all of A Place for Truth. It is a thick book, both in size and substance. But what I have read has been significantly rewarding. The book – edited by Dallas Willard – is a collection of writings and speeches from the Veritas Forum. For those unfamiliar … Continue reading

Perspective:Why We Need Asian-Americans

DJ Chuang has been posting an important series considering why we need Asian Americans to be Asian Americans. It is a conversation not only for Asian-Americans or Asian-American Christians, it is for all of us. Taking the time to deeply think about what our cultural expectations (and thus at times limitations) of Asian-Americans are, deconstructing the blanket assumptions … Continue reading

Perspective: Encouragement

Being an athlete I can’t help but think about the complexities in what is means to encourage. There is the fist bump after a great play, or in bball the corporate celebration when you have just gone on a 15 – 2 scoring run and forced the other team to call a timeout. But there … Continue reading

Perspective: Shane Claiborne & the Emerging Church

I have a very mixed view of the Emerging Church movement – especially as one who embraces ideals of Post-Modernity and Modernity and doesn’t feel “at home” in Emergent or mainstream Evangelical contexts. One the one hand I appreciate the willingness of push the status quo, the focus on Orthodpraxy (justice, reconciliation,  grace, etc.), embrace … Continue reading

Resources: Influencers

I am in a Leaders are Readers group at Westmont College (my place of employment). We are currently reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point and discussing the applicability to our context. A couple days ago, I read about the short film Influencers from Charles Lee’s blog. In watching the film, I noticed a good … Continue reading

The Soul of Hip-Hop

I cannot exclaim how excited I am to add another book about Hip-Hop to my library. Not only will The Soul of Hip Hop sit well next to Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, The Hip Hop Wars, Total Chaos Where You’re At (which I plan to someday review), and  others on my office shelf, it will … Continue reading