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Bayard, How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read.

By: on November 16, 2019

“It seems hard to believe that a book called “How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read” would hit the best-seller lists in France, where books are still regarded as sacred objects and the writer occupies a social position somewhere between the priest and the rock star. The ostensible anti-intellectualism of the title seems more…


Don’t Stay In The Shallow End

By: on September 19, 2019

In Deep Work, Cal Newport, associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University, lays out his argument for focused work or what he calls deep work. The guiding principle Newport lays out is one that encourages the reader to engage in work that demands your full focus. By engaging in this type of work, one…


Good to Great…or False?

By: on September 12, 2019

James C. “Jim” Collins is an American author, consultant, and lecturer on the subject of business management and company sustainability and growth.[1] In his classic and continuing bestseller book, Good to Great, Collins and his researchers sifted through 1,435 Fortune 500 companies to find the few that met their study’s criteria for greatness, out of these companies they…


With Open Hands

By: on September 12, 2019

In the house where I grew up I remember there was a book on a shelf in the upper hallway that had a picture on the front cover that often caught my attention. The picture was of open hands covering a woman’s face. ‘With Open Hands’ is the title of the book and, Henri Nouwen…


There’s Gold In Them Thar Hills

By: on June 20, 2019

I absolutely love reading Tom Camacho, Mining for Gold: Developing Kingdom Leaders Through Coaching. I spoke to me on many different levels, and while it was not the most prolific academic work we have read thus far, it is powerful, practical and I would even add prophetic for where leadership is going.   Camacho self…


Visualizing Baptism!

By: on June 6, 2019

      I am not sure about the rest of you, but I am a visualist. To be honest, I don’t think that is even a real word, but what I mean by it is that I try to visualize things in my head all the time; especially, I want to visualize the bible…


Skin in the Game

By: on April 12, 2019

What a truly refreshing book to wrap up this semester with! Though we have had some very thought-provoking reading materials lately, I believe this book summed up a number of places that can be a challenge in ministry; and evidently, even in graduate school. For the point of this paper, I decided to highlight on…


Digital Disconnect

By: on March 14, 2019

Reading Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World[1] this week could not have come at a timelier spot. Thirty years ago, in March, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who at the time was working at CERN, invented the foundation for the World Wide Web after he took hypertext and connected it to…


Presence Over Power

By: on February 28, 2019

University of Virginia sociologist James Davison Hunter published the seminal work, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, in 2010. As much talk in the Evangelical ethos centers around engaging culture or transforming the world, Hunter’s work was much anticipated then and continues to be influential now.…


Revelation and Evolution: What’s this world coming to?

By: on February 21, 2019

Decisions…decisions! Perhaps “Scandal” is the best title for this book when reviewing this week’s reading, “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind;” after all, Mark Noll seems to enjoy hitting on some of those favorite topics of the modern-day preacher…evangelical or not. The fact is, he hit upon two of my personal favorites; Revelation and Evolution.…


Rethinking Transformational Leadership

By: on February 7, 2019

Dennis Tourish in his work, The Dark Side of Transformational Leadership: A Critical Perspective, provides a sharp rebuke against the effectiveness of transformational leadership. Villiers in his review states, “Tourish parallels transformational leadership with cults; and argues that the noticeable overlaps should caution against the potential of moving organizations further along the dysfunctional cult continuum than is…


Is The World Still Big?

By: on January 31, 2019

The common thought is, we live a big world that has become small, through the progression of humanity on the tidal wave technology. Polanyi walks us through the history and progression towards a “free market” world that in turn connects humanity via the financial aspect.[1] Bebbington in his work, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain[2], shows not…


The Silk Road of Christianity

By: on October 25, 2018

“The Silk Road, also called Silk Route, ancient trade route, linking China with the West, that carried goods and ideas between the two great civilizations of Rome and China. Silk when westward, and wools, gold and silver went east.[1]” I believe as ministers, evangelists and missionary-minded individuals, we have often been captivated with not just…


Is Evangelicalism a Good Thing?

By: on January 11, 2018

In D.W. Bebbington’s work, “Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s, the author works diligently to present the history of Evangelicalism through the past 200 plus years. Early on, Bebbington defines the movement now being termed “evangelicalism” was best understood to mean, “of the gospel.”[1] With this thought in mind,…


The Importance of True Leaders

By: on December 7, 2017

Per 2016, the top 5 highest paid CEOs in America were (via salary and benefits)[1]: Ginni Rometty, IBM              $96,764,750 Elon Musk, Tesla                    $99,744,920 Sundar Pichai, Google            $106,502,419 Tim Cook, Apple                    $150,036,907 Marc Lore, Walmart                $236,896,191 In addition to these statistics, the top 3 highest paid Ministers in America were[2]: Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Copeland Ministries “According…


Christianity and Fascism

By: on November 16, 2017

“There is, to date, no single adequate definition of society in social theory…”[1] And yet, in this fascinating and highly informative book, Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction, author Anthony Elliott dares to do just that. Elliott takes the struggle of dealing with modernity in an ever changing world, and diligently, through the works of scholars,…


God Sometimes Bestows It

By: on March 2, 2017

This week’s reading took a more subtle approach from recent weeks. Last few weeks we discussed the role of secularism but also the transformation of our global culture since the 1500s. Our challenge in this week’s reading as ministry leaders is that of isolation. The word itself suggests loneliness, so we (ministry leaders) have the…


Leading With Cognition

By: on October 28, 2016

As we continue our doctoral studies at George Fox, we learn many theories and definitions about leadership. What it is the leadership perspective? “As far as leadership studies go, it seems that more and more has been studied about less and less, to end up ironically with a group of researchers studying everything about nothing.”…


Thought About The Social Consequences?

By: on November 13, 2015

Why You Asking All These Questions? Finding the book   Social History of the Media by Burke and Briggs on kindle was impossible so if you are reading this it means you have evolved in the technological era. What sacrifice did you make to be online because I did not print this blog? Are you reading…