Boycotting Amazon (And Borders and B&N)

[[Warning Containing Rant]] I’m joining Dan in his Amazon crusade (see here and here), which basically means, I’m not selling books on there (I pulled all my for sale books down today from their site), and I’m not buy books from there (unless maybe there’s the one long lost used Quaker book I absolutely needContinue reading “Boycotting Amazon (And Borders and B&N)”

On Immodesty: Too Much Skin (At Church and Elsewhere)?

My buddy Rhett’s written on a provocative topic, what do we do about immodesty in the church? This is pressing for him and I since we are both now father’s of beautiful little girls.  He writes: No matter what we as parents do I know there will always be that cultural peer pressure on myContinue reading “On Immodesty: Too Much Skin (At Church and Elsewhere)?”

Two (Possible) Roles of Religion In A Global World

I’m currently writing a methods paper, laying out how I will conduct my field research among Quaker congregations. In the section where I’m dealing with culture and the role of the church I found Slavoj Žižek’s quote below to be insightful and to the point. The social order in which religion is no longer fully integratedContinue reading “Two (Possible) Roles of Religion In A Global World”

Remixing In Rainbows (and the church)

In the spirit of creativity and utilizing the web to foster fan-based participation, Radiohead has launched the website Radioheadremix.com and are inviting everyone to remix their latest single “Nude.” They’ve split the song up into five separate tracks and have made each available for sale so that you can remix the song however you’d like.Continue reading “Remixing In Rainbows (and the church)”

Looking Awry at Wes Anderson’s Darjeeling Limited

This is an article that was published back in the fall in Fuller’s “newspaper” the SEMI (that issue of the paper can be downloaded via .pdf here). There are two reasons I am posting this now: first, I held off publishing it on gathering because I submitted it to another online zine hoping they would “print” itContinue reading “Looking Awry at Wes Anderson’s Darjeeling Limited”

The Newsies and the Kingdom of God?

Ok, so I’m late to the game, yes, I just watched Newsies for the first time. Emily still can’t believe I just now saw it. All I can say is that in my home growing up, with four other brothers, musicals weren’t really something we willfully chose to watch (but it was my loss!). I’mContinue reading “The Newsies and the Kingdom of God?”

The Wire And Disrupting the Othering Process

If you haven’t had the chance to watch HBO’s TV show The Wire I highly recommend you take the time and begin watching. It’s in its fifth and final season, so there’s plenty to keep your Netflix queue busy for quite awhile. While it may not a good show for the family or follow theContinue reading “The Wire And Disrupting the Othering Process”

Thoughts on pedagogy does technology in the classroom help or hurt

A couple weeks back I had the great privilege to meet with some of the faculty and staff at the school where I attend, to discuss updating the classrooms on campus for better learning. The school was recently awarded a grant with this specific task in mind. One question raised was “What are the bestContinue reading “Thoughts on pedagogy does technology in the classroom help or hurt”