Intentional Earbuds–Links to Great Listens #1: The Bishop Who Refuses to Dumb Down the Faith

While intentionally seeking more pockets of silence in my days, I’m also grateful for the invention of earbuds.  They’re not not entirely a blessing, naturally.  Earbuds can further the ever-growing problem of isolation. They can override the “still, small voice” by drowning it in mindless noise. But selective listening, fully present to the voice that’s … More Intentional Earbuds–Links to Great Listens #1: The Bishop Who Refuses to Dumb Down the Faith

Links to Explore the Soul-Washing Art of Marc Chagall

Art washes from the soul the dust of ordinary life.  –Picasso This simple sentence makes exploring the world of art and artists accessible, removing the fear that I’m not deep enough or educated enough to find enjoyment in its kaledescopic worlds.  Art washes the dust of ordinary life from the soul. One artist who does … More Links to Explore the Soul-Washing Art of Marc Chagall

The Case for Christ Film an Improvement over God’s Not Dead

Blatantly evangelistic movies aren’t really my cup of tea. As much as I appreciate the effort to share the good news at the movies, I find that films designed to argue viewers into belief come off as pushy and strident.  I’m on their side when it comes to loving Christ, but their style often falls … More The Case for Christ Film an Improvement over God’s Not Dead

Penelope Unmasks Our All-About-Me Monologs

  Boast:  to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride.  In our all-about-me culture, it’s becoming increasingly prevalent (and seemingly acceptable) to interrupt and one-up conversations with stories about ourselves. Kirstin Wiigs’ SNL character “Penelope” helps me see this side of myself.  I don’t like it, but I’m grateful for the humorous take.     Are … More Penelope Unmasks Our All-About-Me Monologs

Have a Point: Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves

The late actor John Candy has given us some of the most endearing talkative characters in comedy. Candy had a wonderful way of rendering his subjects as so annoying we’d probably avoid them if we met them in real life, yet he’d gradually reveal a humble, heart-of-gold side of the men he played, the side … More Have a Point: Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves

Rutherfraud: What’s Wrong with Political Mudslinging

In the Kingdom of Ice is a masterful work of nonfiction detailing the tragic voyage of Captain George Washington DeLong and thirty-two adventurous men who attempted to reach the North Pole on the USS Jeannette in 1879.  Written by the spellbinding Hampton Sides, its beauty and sorrow make for a powerful historical read. In the … More Rutherfraud: What’s Wrong with Political Mudslinging