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...]

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

A good friend of mine Ramiro Medrano gave me, for my birthday, two tickets to the Chicago premier (private screening) of Brad Pitt’s new movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The screening was at 8pm on my birthday (the 16th), and lucky for me the weather was horrible that day. Therefore due to inclimate [Read More...]


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