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Archive for the ‘books’ Category


March 14, 2008

i have a must read book recommendation for everyone.  “hurt” by chap clark.  it’s a book i read for class and it’s written by my professor.  it’s amazing, scary and so very important to get a real understanding of the world that most, if not all, of our middle and high school are living in. […]


March 11, 2008

with the books i’m collecting i’m getting quite a library.  enough books that i think i will need to build some library shelves and an office if we get our new house.  i know dawn is a great fan of books and has quite a few boxes of old books.  but with the ever increasing […]

home and happy

March 8, 2008

walking off the plane in shorts this morning with a 10 degree temperature outside makes you realize really fast that you’re back home in michigan.  but i’m home, i’m with dawn and i couldn’t be happier! and now, what will i do?  i’m going to read a book just for the fun of it.  maybe […]

peace on the pier

March 6, 2008

tonight i needed some peace after a very long and hard day. we dug into what practical theology is all about by learning how to use a theological grid. basically you take an issue or problem and then do “research” about what the bible teaches, how cultural and psychological factors influence your findings and then […]

my brain hurts

February 26, 2008

between conversations in class, discussion and lecture, all my reading and all my thinking, but sprinkle in the unknown of the future with what i will be doing with and from this degree and a healthy dose of the overwhelming nature of everything that is being addressed in the reading about culture, change, the way […]

studying at your parents

February 26, 2008

so being back at school means being in california.  being in california means being at my parents house for the next two weeks.  and that means i need to find a starbucks or library to get any work done. don’t get me wrong, i love my parents, but because they don’t see me often they […]

next week this time

February 17, 2008

my guess is that next week about this time i’ll be too wound up to sleep so i’ll need to go for a long walk down at the beach.  why?  because a week from tomorrow morning i’m starting my classes for my doctor of ministry at fuller in pasadena, california.  going back to school again […]

anger and condemnation

February 3, 2008

as i’m finishing up another book for seminary, a few thoughts are really challenging me… removing anger and condemnation from my life transforms me towards the kind of person Christ is. transformation towards the kind of person Christ is means being his disciple. being his disciple is then bringing about the Kingdom of God among […]

doing things differently

January 30, 2008

it’s late so this won’t be a long post. if it’s confusing, sorry. i’m reading another book [THE DIVINE CONSPIRACY] for class and the last few chapters have dealt with the kingdom of God and how the beatitudes should be understood. both deal with doing things differently.  not for the sake of difference, but because […]

book five

January 24, 2008

maybe because there were a few days in between reading the problems in adolescence and the solutions, but i haven’t been as down about a book or challenged about a solution as i have with this book. hurt, by chap clark, is a deep and dark assessment of the mid-adolescent world from a year of […]