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