“This One Time at Band Camp…”

Mount Righteous is Coming to KC Saturday, February 20th at the Brick – 10pm. Kristin and I are going and I’m trying to get some folks to go out to the show. Come out and see my new favorite band! [Read more...]

J.D. Salinger (1919-2010)

J.D. Salinger died yesterday. I’ve been reading the news reports, each describing his life since he found fame and fortune with The Catcher in the Rye. They call him a recluse; his decisions strange and odd, which I suppose is true. One report mentioned that he had made some strange choices, preferring to be in [Read More...]

Generation to Generation Book Review

Edwin H. Friedman. Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue. New York: Guilford Press, 1985. . Edwin Friedman was born in New York in 1932 and was raised on the Upper West Side. He did his undergraduate work at Bucknell and earned his doctorate from Hebrew Union College. He spend more than 30 [Read More...]

Invictus the movie

I went to see Invictus the movie last night. It was a pretty amazing film. I was reminded how much I appreciate Clint Eastwood as a director. The first film he directed that I fell in love with was Pale Rider (1985). But I think he reached a new level with Mystic River (2003) and [Read More...]

Adam’s Return Book Review

Richard Rohr, Adam’s Return: The Five Promises of Male Initiation. New York, NY: Crossroads Publishing Company, 2004. . In Adam’s Return, Richard Rohr writes an interesting account of the way men are initiated into the life of the Christian church. Rohr spends a significant amount of his time working with men and those who lead [Read More...]

Everything Belongs Book Review

Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer. New York, NY: Crossroads Publishing Company, 2003. Richard Rohr, A Franciscan monk who writes and teaches in the field of Christian spirituality and men’s ministry, has made a real contribution with his work, Everything Belongs. The primary thesis of the book is that the “egoic-operating system,” [Read More...]

The Great Emergence Book Review

Phyllis Tickle, The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2008. Phyllis Tickle says about every 500 years the church has a giant rummage sale. What she means is that every 500 hundred years or so, the church structures and strictures are formed into an intolerable chain which must [Read More...]

Being Consumed Book Review

William T. Cavanaugh, Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008 William Cavanaugh is, quite simply, brilliant. He’s a prolific writer. He’s one of the very best I’ve ever read in Political Theology and Social Ethics. Torture and Eucharist is one of the greatest works of Ecclesiology I’ve ever read. But for [Read More...]

Mount Righteous

Over the years I’ve struggled to maintain my status as music appreciator. It’s weird because I’ve played music as long as I can remember. I’ve written hundreds of songs, played in bands and even made my living as a musician for the better part of a decade. I usually like what I’m playing, but even [Read More...]

Evil and the Justice of God Review

N.T. Wright. Evil and the Justice of God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006. . N.T. Wright tackles the problem of evil with his usual brilliance. He argues that evil is real and powerful. Evil is more than the sum of individual sin and cannot be understood in dualistic categories. By misunderstanding evil we have [Read More...]