Monday, November 30, 2009

November Reading List

70. A Life With Karol (ua), by Stanislaw Dziwisz
71. Loitering with Intent (ua), by Stuart Woods
72. Angel Time (ua), by Anne Rice

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Happy Advent

I am relatively new to the concept of the "Church Year," and as it is new to me, I am finding value in the rhythms that it brings to my spiritual life.

So now we turn to the time of preparation, to the time when we reflect on what it means to live in anticipation of His coming, trusting in His deliverance of us without yet experiencing it.

Advent is not wise men. Advent is not shepherds. Advent is not angels.

Advent is patience. Advent is waiting. Advent is anticipation.

Enjoy Advent.

Prepare for His coming.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Prof Rah vs. Zondervan

Zondervan deserves credit for responding boldly and decisively to the charges of cultural insensitivity that Professor Soong-Chan Rah brought to their attention regarding the content and marketing in the book "Deadly Viper: Character Assassins."

Issues of race and culture can spin out of control quickly in our modern world, but the way this was handled by Professor Rah, the authors, and the publisher in the spirit of Christian reconciliation was inspiring, and should serve as an example.

Professor Rah's reactions to Zondervan's action are reported here

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Podcast Review

More Than One Lesson

This is simply the best podcast I've run across that reviews film from a Christian perspective. Host Tyler Smith is a film school graduate living in Hollywood, and looks at film equally from those two perspectives of cinema quality and Christian worldview.

What I like about the show is that Smith knows what he is talking about when it comes to examining film, and he knows what he is talking about when it comes to analyzing Biblical themes and concepts in cinema. Smith is not a fundamentalist in his biblical worldview. To my way of thinking, this separates his podcast positively from too many that I have run across.

His podcast successfully manages to intelligently discuss both faith and cinema. And I appreciate that greatly.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

October Reading List

65. Shadow Over Kiriath (pb), by Karen Hancock
66. FlashForward (pb), by Robert J. Sawyer
67. Genius Squad (ua), by Catherine Jinks
68. Divine Justice (ua), by David Baldacci
69. Dexter in the Dark (ua), by Jeff Lindsay