Archives for February 2014

Do Something More: A Review of “Mercy in the City”

Reviewed by Jessica Mesman Griffith The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are among the many lists and prayers I memorized as a child. I still remember the St. Joseph’s picture book with the children carrying the groceries of an elderly man, Jesus hovering above them approvingly. The hymn we sang in Catholic school, “Whatsoever [Read More…]

Learning to Appreciate Hip-Hop: A Review of “Freestyle”

Question of the day: how does a 63-year-old white guy in Detroit who doesn’t care for hip-hop (although when hip-hop and “disco” appeared about the same time, I was glad hip-hop won out) review a book by an inner-city pastor from Dallas describing himself as a voice to the hip-hop generation? Answer: we major on [Read More…]

Mercy in the City: A Q&A with Kerry Weber

“Lent isn’t just a self-help season; we’re called to do these things as a part of a community. We’re called to become better people and to love God more, not simply for ourselves, but so that we can begin to love others more, as well.” — Kerry Weber, author, Mercy in the City Several years [Read More…]

What Happens in Lent Doesn’t Stay in Lent

In a world where the only sacrifices that seems justifiable are those made in our own self-interest, there comes the annual observance of Lent for large tracts of Christianity. For forty days, observers give up habits and swear off desires as a spiritual discipline sharpening their focus on God and culminating in Easter. In my [Read More…]

Birmingham Revolution: A Book Review

Edward Gilbreath’s phenomenal new book Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church is proof that we will likely never cease to uncover new levels of appreciation for or new revelations in regards to the incredible life and ministry of Dr. King. Taking a focused look at King’s campaign for civil rights [Read More…]

Freestyle: A Q&A with the Rev. Michael Waters

“The work of engaging human suffering is hard and messy work. There are no drive-by responses or solutions to human suffering. This work requires intentionality. It requires consistency. It requires commitment. It requires all of you.” — Michael Waters, author, Freestyle This month at the Book Club, we’re featuring Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, [Read More…]

Gravity: Technology and Transcendence

By Lyn and Tom Davis Genelli Authors, Death At The Movies Alfonso Cuaron’s 3-D space opera Gravity, a leading Oscar contender, met with universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Nominations include Best Picture, Director, Actress and Original Score. Alongside such enduring favorites as Groundhog Day and The Wizard of Oz, the film explores perennial themes [Read More…]