Carl’s and Fran’s Holiday Gift-Giving Guide for 2011

Here is a list of books for you to consider for the folks on your Nice List this holiday season. These are all books that either I, or in a few my cases my wife, have read over the past year and feel are worthy of our endorsement. Some of these are new books, and some are old; most are Christian, although a few are not; and most are "spiritual" although again, a few might not appear that way — on the surface. But they are all great reads and well worth your attention. As always, a click on the t … [Read more...]

A Flock of Books (for the Wild Goose Festival)

Here's a gallery of selected books by some of the speakers, authors, conversationalists, storytellers, and agitators who will be present at the first Wild Goose Festival, to be held in North Carolina this coming June 23-26. If you're like me, you probably find this list of books in itself to be pretty exciting. Imagine the opportunity to hear — and interact with — the authors of all these books, along with a few thousand other creative, visionary, and justice-oriented people of faith. Throw in so … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

It is common for those who argue for and against the existence of God to assume that the word God is used by believers to refer to something that we can point toward, distance ourselves from, and dispassionately reflect upon. However, one can reject this idea of God as nothing but a form of idolatry . . . This approach questions any expression that would reduce God to the realm of objects. Here no theistic rendering of God is allowed to lay claim to God, for God dwells above and beyond all … [Read more...]

New (and not so new) books from friends

One of the sweet things about being an author and a blogger is that I'm always learning about wonderful new (and just "new to me") books, often from friends of mine, either folks I know in person or acquaintances that I have found through Facebook. So this morning I thought I'd highlight a few of these books, books which I think readers of this blog will enjoy. Actually, I myself have not yet read any of these books (!), but I have at least looked at them all, and they all look pretty juicy. … [Read more...]

The Spirituality of Spamalot!

The ever-funny-yet-insightful Becky Garrison has just posted a piece over at the Jesus Manifesto about "the Spirituality of Spamalot." It would be wonderful even if I weren't quoted in it — but I am, so that's the icing on the shrubbery. And I'm not the only person she quotes: Peter Rollins, Troy Bronsink, James Martin SJ, Martha Gaye Reese and others are all asked to pontificate on this question: What does it mean for you to ‘find your grail’ and how does Monty Python aid you in that disco … [Read more...]

No conviction?

Here on the eve of the sacred Triduum — the three high holy days of Christianity, encompassing Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday culminating in the Great Vigil of Easter — I find myself, as a writer, especially challenged by these words of Peter Rollins, from his forthcoming book The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales (which you can buy directly from the publisher or from Amazon). Read them for yourself — and ponder how they might apply to your life...No ConvictionIn a … [Read more...]

Phyllis and Peter

The ever-vigilant Mike Morrell sent me this link to a page of videos featuring Phyllis Tickle and Peter Rollins chatting about various concerns regarding the present and future church, the emergent/emergence church, and so forth. Well worth watching to see two creative and visionary minds at play with each other.Just to whet your appetite, here's the first video:The rest can be found here. … [Read more...]


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