The Radical Martin Luther King, Jr.: Why We Need a Third Reconstruction in America

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only thirty-nine years old when he was murdered. If King were alive today, he would be celebrating his eighty-seventh birthday. His prophetic activism for peace and justice ended tragically early. Looking back, less than five years passed from King’s famous “I Have a  Dream” speech in 1963 to his assassination in 1968. Exactly one year to the day before he was killed, he preached a powerful and controversial sermon from the pulpit of Riverside Church in N … [Read more...]

How to Make & Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions: Tom Rath’s “Are You Fully Charged?”

Do you know the work of the social scientist and author Tom Rath? I first heard about him about ten years ago through his bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? There’s also a great children’s version of that book. Over the past decade, he has written six New York Times bestsellers, which have cumulatively sold more than 6 million copies. “He serves as a senior scientist for and advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent thirteen years leading the organization’s work on employee engagement, streng … [Read more...]

In the Face of Despair — Choosing Hope, Community, & Meaning: Reflections on Richard Rorty

One trillion, trillion, trillion years from now, the accelerating expansion of the universe will have disintegrated the fabric of matter itself, terminating the possibility of embodiment. Every star in the universe will have burnt out, plunging the cosmos into a state of absolute darkness and leaving behind nothing but spent husks of collapsed matter. All free matter, whether on planetary surfaces or in interstellar space, will have decayed, eradicating any remnants of life…. [T]he stellar c … [Read more...]

Best of 2015: Books, Music, TV, & Podcasts

A compilation of my recent “Top 10″ and “Best of” posts for 2015: Top 10 Best Books Read in 2015 Top 10 Best Albums Listened to in 2015  Best TV Streamed in 2015 Top 10 Best Podcasts of 2015  Enjoy! Thanks for reading, and happy new year to you and yours! Related Posts Best of 2014: Books, Music, Film, & Podcasts Best of 2013: Books, Music, Film, and More The Best of 2012: Books, Music, Film, and More The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg is a trained spiritual director, a D.Min. graduate of San … [Read more...]

Top 10 Best Podcasts of 2015

The following are the podcasts I’ve enjoyed listening to the most consistently since this time last year. This list is also in alphabetical order because agonizing over a precise order would take out all the fun: 1. Amicus: “The Supreme Court and the laws it interprets for the United States.” 2. Buddhist Geeks – “after a few years, and well over a million downloads of the show, it became clear that Buddhist Geeks was something closer to a movement or community, rather than just a podcast.” Thei … [Read more...]

Best TV Streamed in 2015

This list is not necessarily my favorite new releases of the year. Instead, it is the best of the content I watched since this time last year. In addition, this list is in alphabetical order because agonizing over a precise order would take out all the fun:1. Girls: Season 4 (HBO Now)2. The Good Wife: Season 6 (Amazon Prime)3. How to Get Away with Murder: Season 1 (Netflix)4. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Seasons 1 and 2 (HBO Now)5. The Leftovers: Seasons 1 and 2 (HBO … [Read more...]