Monthly Archives: June 2014

How To Train A Dragon 2 (3D): Heart Of A Chief, Soul Of A Dragon (Movie Review)

Paramount Pictures’ second adaptation of Cressida Casswell’s series about Hiccup the Viking and his dragon, Toothless, finds our hero exploring his own calling, wrestling with family, and battling against a tyrant bent on controlling all of the dragons. Painted beautifully in realistic-looking … Continue reading

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Father’s Day: A Letter To My Sons circa 2012

On Father’s Day 2012, I shared the following letter to my sons, for them when they turned eighteen. It was one of my favorite sermons, but it was six months before I’d launch this blog. So, I share it with you … Continue reading

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Ten Words #7: From Fickle To Faithful (Sunday’s Sermon Today)

“You shall not commit adultery.”–Exodus 20:14 The joke goes something like this.  Moses comes down the mountain to the people who are waiting to hear a word from God. “Well,” says Moses, “the good news is I got him down … Continue reading

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Edge of Tomorrow: Dying To Live (Movie Review)

Doug Liman knows a thing or two about directing an action flick. Having served behind the camera for The Bourne Identity (the best of the series), Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Jumper, he has that under his belt (he’s up for the Tom … Continue reading

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Ten Words #6: To The Dark Side… (Sunday’s Sermon Today)

“You shall not murder.”- Exodus 20:13 The ways that different translations express Exodus 20:13 are fascinating. At the root of them are the ways we’ve taken the ancient Hebrew text and wrapped it around how we want to hear it. … Continue reading

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Laura McBride’s We Are Called To Rise: Facing Tragedy (Book Review)

Call it Crash with housewives and PTSD. Call it melodrama with politics and family dynamics mixed in. Call it whatever you want: Laura McBride delivers a stunning, compelling, soul-search-invoking debut about four disparate stories that collide in one explosive moment. First, we meet … Continue reading

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Jonathan Holt’s The Abduction: The Rules Of War (Book Review)

Finishing a novel about a kidnapping, I found it disturbing to see the news stories play out about President Obama’s involvement in the trade of an American P.O.W. for Taliban prisoners, and the potential for Gitmo’s closing. A novel that … Continue reading

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@JohnePattison and @ERBKs Slow Church: Practice Sabbath In Church @Slowchurches

“Slow is the opposite [of fast, etc.]: calm, careful, receptive, still, intuitive, unhurried, patient, reflective, quality-over-quantity”– C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison Fighting what George Ritzer called the “McDonaldization” of society and church, pastors C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison … Continue reading

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