favorite books of 2007

December 31, 2007 | 5 Comments

Once again, it’s time to post my favorite books of the year. (Previous years: 2004, 2005, 2006) This isn’t necessarily a list of the books I enjoyed the most. As I looked over the list of books I’ve read, I asked myself which ones have stirred the most thought and helped shape my thinking.… Read more

2007 reading list

December 31, 2007 | 1 Comment

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soundtrack of 2007

December 29, 2007 | Leave a comment

As a means of looking back over 2007, I made a smart playlist in iTunes to show me what music was added this year. There are 700+ songs eating up over 4gb of digitopia. The following albums, listed alphabetically by artist, weren’t all released in 2007, but they were all new to me and made a mark on my year:

The Album Leaf – In a Safe Place
I was introduced to The Album Leaf this year.… Read more

some strange ideas…with all the trimmings

December 27, 2007 | 2 Comments

When I first started this here blog, I tended to include a lot more in the way of random posts about links I’d found, quotes from readings, quick little thoughts, etc. As other tools have made their debuts on the internet, I’ve started using some of them for some of these same purposes.… Read more

little hero

December 25, 2007 | 3 Comments

Besides the obvious anxiety about being peed on during a diaper change, having a baby boy in our home the last month and a half brings a whole new set of emotions that are unique from what our girls have brought. Often, while tenderly holding this helpless little man, I have pondered the mystery of how to care for him and protect him all while imparting strength to him in the years to come.… Read more

subversive seuss

December 23, 2007 | 1 Comment

I’m quite certain that Dr. Seuss is near the top of my personal heroes list. Every tale of rhythm and words has something meaningful to say.

With Christmas looming, the girls and I snuggled in bed and read How the Grinch Stole Christmas! tonight. May the few lines of his rhyme below be as valuable to others as they are to me.… Read more

simple church

December 22, 2007 | 2 Comments

Though I read a fair number of books, I usually only blog about those that I find noteworty and worth recommending, or those I received for review. Usually, if I read a book and don’t like it, it doesn’t make it to the blog — today’s an expception.

I’m not sure I yet understand why, but Simple Church was a disappointing book to read.… Read more

bosch on contextual theology

December 21, 2007 | 1 Comment

Contextualization, on the other hand, suggests the experimental and contingent nature of all theology. Contextual theologians therefore, rightly, refrain from writing “systematic theologies” where everything fits into an all-encompassing and eternally valid system.
— David Bosch, Transforming Mission
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the new conspirators

December 15, 2007 | 1 Comment

If you are in the Seattle area, or if you’re looking for a good reason to be, I’d encourage you to look into The New Conspirators conference put on by Mustard Seed Associates. Two friends who I greatly respect, Eugene Cho and Dwight Friesen, are among an excellent group of presenters.… Read more

kindle chaos

December 14, 2007 | 2 Comments

I have a Kindle on order from Amazon. Right now, they are so backordered that they aren’t even able to give me a potential shipping date. I know that is true because I check the order status about 6-10 times a day!

This is the second Kindle I’ve ordered. I ordered one on Thanksgiving, because at the time they were saying they weren’t going to be shipping until December 3.… Read more

‘daddy’ is a daddy again…

November 30, 2007 | 1 Comment

Our dear friends Justin ‘Daddy’ and Erin Narducci recently got word that they are going to be parents again for the second time in a year. This time, it is via adoption from Ethiopia. I hope you will take the time to read a little more about their hearts and this process on their blog.… Read more

on to the subtle knife…

November 30, 2007 | 1 Comment

I finished reading The Golden Compass last week, and with my reading for school about done for this semester, I’m moving on to The Subtle Knife. (The Kindle version is only $3.19 — just another reason to yearn for a Kindle!)

Most of the critique I’ve heard of The Golden Compass states that it is the series that is overtly anti-Christian, and not just this book.… Read more

the starfish and the spider

November 29, 2007 | 4 Comments

I’ve spent most of my time in the car the last few weeks listening my way through an Audible version of The Starfish and the Spider, by Ori Brafman & Rod Beckstrom. From my experience, I have found that audio books are a worthwhile replacement for print books, but this is one that I think my audio experience was inadequate because there are a number of ideas I would want to revisit and dwell on.… Read more


November 20, 2007 | 1 Comment

As a bibliophile and technophile, I’m pretty intrugued with the idea of Amazon’s new Kindle e-reader. I’ve never been that interested in e-readers before but this one seems to capture some features that would make it more appealing — wireless shopping and downloading from anywhere, and reduced pricing on books where you are paying only for content and not packaging.… Read more


November 17, 2007 | 14 Comments

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organic community

November 10, 2007 | 4 Comments

Two years ago, I sat in a session by Joe Myers at an Off the Map event. He shared some about his upcoming book Organic Community, which, at the time, was due to be released within 4-6 months. That turned into 18 months and the book was finally released this past spring.… Read more

the golden compass

November 9, 2007 | 3 Comments

I picked up a copy of The Golden Compass this week and I started reading it last night. I’m very enamored with the idea of reading children’s books of this type right now — maybe that’s because they capture the imagination better then anything else.

I probably don’t really have time to read it right now, but I want to read it in case I actually get a chance to see the movie next month.… Read more

marlow to africa

November 7, 2007 | Leave a comment

Tomorrow morning, my friend Chris Marlow is headed to Africa with three others from his church. I’m jealous…but I’m still very much going to pray for him as I have many other friends who have been marked by their own journeys to this southern continent.

As he is able, Chris will be giving updates from his trip at his blog and offering some things to pray for.… Read more

real sex

October 22, 2007 | 4 Comments

I started reading Real Sex, by Lauren Winner early in September. I was wanting to read it in conjunction with a series on sexuality we were doing at Pathways. The fact that I only finished it last night seems incongruent with how much I really enjoyed reading this book. Maybe I was just savoring it…or maybe I’ve got too much other reading going on at the same time.… Read more

a trinitarian ecclesiology

October 9, 2007 | 10 Comments

Much of the dialogue I have been around in recent years about the church carries an emphasis to return to the teachings of Jesus. Many have described how the church has tended to overemphasize the epistles of Paul in recent decades, and there is a definite push to spend more time with the Gospels.… Read more