Part 4: Sacred Unions by Dan Brennan

This is a series written by author Dan Brennan (you can buy his book here) on sacred unions and friendship.  Here is Part 1 Here is Part 2 Here is Part 3 Part 4: “Secular author Lisa Gee believes “a soul-mate doesn’t have to be a sex-mate.” For the Christian this statement takes us right [Read More...]

Part 3: Sacred Unions by Dan Brennan

This is a series written by author Dan Brennan (you can buy his book here) on sacred unions and friendship.  Here is Part 1 Here is Part 2 Part 3: “There was no question the biblical narrative speaks of a distinctive oneness in marriage where God calls Adam and Eve to enter a communion of [Read More...]

Part 2: Sacred Unions by Dan Brennan

This is a series written by author Dan Brennan (you can buy his book here) on sacred unions and friendship. You can see Part 1 here. Part 2: “John Newman wrote of his friend, Ambrose St John after he died, “From the first he loved me with an intensity of love, which was unaccountable.” A hundred [Read More...]

Part 1: Sacred Unions by Dan Brennan

My friend Dan Brennan recently wrote a book called Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Friendship Between Men and Women. I thought this book worthwhile for a few reasons, and foremost of those is that many of the principles and thoughts are generalizable to what it means to be in faithful relationship (non-sexual friendship) with ‘the other’. [Read More...]

Top 20 Books I Read in 2010

In 2010 I fully completed reading 41 books, totalling 10,575 pages. Those are both personal records! Below are the Top 20 books I read this past year. My only qualification for this list is that I had to complete the entire book somewhere between January 1 and December 31, 2010. The book didn’t have to be published in 2010, [Read More...]

Last Words of a Dying Man

Since Love is an Orientation started to get some notoriety I have been asked quite a few times to endorse people’s forthcoming books. I have learned that there are three main philosophies on giving endorsements, and here they are in descending order from most popular philosophy to least popular: 1. Endorse every book asked of you [Read More...]

Listen: The Last Words of a Dying Man to the Church

Since Love is an Orientation started to get some notoriety I have been asked quite a few times to endorse people’s forthcoming books. I have learned that there are three main philosophies on giving endorsements, and I list them in descending order from most popular philosophy to least popular: 1. Endorse every book asked of [Read More...]

Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner

I don’t know Matthew Paul Turner. I’ve never talked to him nor have I ever met him—but I now feel like he’s my BFF! Reading Hear No Evil is literally like having a conversation with your best friend. It’s full of comfort, humor and extreme awkwardness, and that’s only the first couple of pages. Why [Read More...]

Required Reading for Any Bridge Builder

When people ask me about other books out there that focus on bridge building that I would endorse, I have responded with the same answer every time: “Unfortunately, and quite sadly, I haven’t found another book that I could get behind that I believe is a true bridge building book.” That was my answer until [Read More...]

Buy This Album!

This is a picture of me and my favorite Christian artist in the world, Vicky Beeching, that was taken after a concert of hers I went to! And today, her EP (a three song teaser before the full album is dropped) releases today. You can get it on iTunes and it’s only $2.99! In my mind [Read More...]

Top Books of 2009

I thought I would join in on the fun of ranking the Top Books of 2009. My only qualifications for this list are that I had to complete the entire book somewhere between January 1 and December 31, 2009 (even though we’re just short of it being December 31), and the book didn’t have to [Read More...]

Part 2: Myth and Meaning

For the next four days I am in Atlanta speaking to a couple thousand of my closest youth worker friends at Youth Specialties. I’m kicking this trip off today by speaking for a total of 4 hours (Research for a  Productive Generation (because I’m really tired of research just being used as ammunition) and Answering [Read More...]

Part 1: Myth and Meaning

I recently read Myth and Meaning: Cracking the Code of Culture by Claude Levi-Strauss—the ‘father’ of Structural Anthropology—which is defined as: The quest for the invariant; or for the invariant elements among superficial differences (p. 8). In essence, this means that structural anthropology is searching for the changeless or constant qualities, functions, configurations or systems that bring [Read More...]

The Guinea Pig Diaries by AJ Jacobs

I just finished reading AJ Jacobs new book, The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment. All I have to say is that this book is totally hilarious … I literally laughed out loud at least a dozen times (some of those were on a plane, and I got a few awkward looks!). You [Read More...]


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