What Are Your Favorite Quaker Books?

I just finished reading Martin’s post about him finally finishing John Woolman’s Journal and it got me thinking about how I enjoyed Woolman’s journal so much.  Then I started thinking more about books (not something that’s all that hard to do, really.)  This reminded me to take “A Description of The Qualifications Necessary to AContinue reading “What Are Your Favorite Quaker Books?”

Emerging Church Resources: A Beginners Reference Guide

When people find out that I am one of Ryan Bolger’s understudies I get asked what I think of the emerging church and frequently what resources are good for people interested in finding out more about the Emerging church. In hopes of making a useful guide I’ve created a small list that is meant asContinue reading “Emerging Church Resources: A Beginners Reference Guide”

Reflecting On Your Influences

Every now and then it is a good idea to consider the influences you have in your life, maybe a “lull in grace??? as Patrick has called it, is a perfect time.  I  first thought I would make a top three list of four different categories; books, music, movies, and blogs; but later decided toContinue reading “Reflecting On Your Influences”

Emerging Church Book Review and Barclay Press

This weekend I finished two big tasks I’ve been working on for a while: first I completed the rough draft of my book review for Ryan Bolger and Eddie Gibb’s book, Emerging Churches which will be published on the Barclay Press website in April. This has been already been a great experience for me and as I get a chance to edit the review and here feedback from those who read and interact with the review in April will be great.

East of Eden

I’ve been reading East of Eden, the last week and cannot seem to get enough of the book.  I began reading it because of the urging of both my boss (Jim) and my wife (Emily) who have reminded of the need to read stories and not just theology.  They are of course right, and I am glad to be taking their advice.The Characters in the book are quite astounding, and for those who have read it I kind of relate to Adam Trask at some level.  I think his father Cyrus Trask reminds me of my step-father a bit to.  A man obssessed with military power and protection, a man who from the beginning was always forming and prunning us to turn out a certain shape and form. I wonder what he thinks of me now, not whether he is proud or not, I think he’d be proud (to some degree).  But I believe in and live my life so vastly different from himself that I can’t help but wonder what he’d say to all that.