Healing Drought

What’s the best way to water your lawn? The American Lawns website recommends 3/4 to 1 inch of water per week, and applying it “as infrequently as possible.” I’ve known this for some time and have been practicing this summer.  We try to limit watering any part of our yard to once per week, andContinue reading “Healing Drought”

Lover’s Quarrel with “A Lover’s Quarrel”?

Viral Blogger Book Review no. 2: Warren Cole Smith’s “A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church.” You are a backslider! You’re the worst kind of “Christian;” a lukewarm, liberal Christian.  You probably don’t’ even believe in the Bible! So I can imagine the 18 year old Steve Heyduck saying, were he to meet the 45Continue reading “Lover’s Quarrel with “A Lover’s Quarrel”?”

Word of the Ancestors

I’m reading Warren Cole Smith’s A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church, the second book I’ve received for review as a Viral Blogger. In the chapter I just finished, Smith has critiqued the image-driven, multi-media hungry “stereopticon” tragedy of the modern evangelical church.  He concludes: …dependence on the great stereopticon and rejection of the “foolishnessContinue reading “Word of the Ancestors”

The Art of the Sermon

Last night was my first ever experience of Rob Bell in person preaching/speaking/delivering a message.   I intended to take notes, perhaps even twitter it, but found myself rather just listening, watching, absorbing. Bell has been a major influence on me for these last 4 or 5 years, so seeing/hearing him in person was a joy. Continue reading “The Art of the Sermon”


What Did Jesus Watch? I am reading Shane Hipp’s The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church. Hipps re-tells the story of the West in terms of the rsie of the printed word.  From my perspective, layering this over all the reading and research I have done in philosophyContinue reading “WDJW”

Too Good not to Pass On

You’ve got to see this by David J. Wood.  here is all you need to read before clicking the link, of you haevn’t already: Last week, I came across an article that drew upon firsthand interviews with folks who “manned” Mission Control. Here is the fact that leaped out at me: the age range (actualContinue reading “Too Good not to Pass On”