Monday, January 25, 2016

A Post for MLK Day, Intentionally Late

In the United States, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the third Monday of January. Last week, on the third Monday of January, I took time throughout the day to read the latest articles and blog posts and essays coming through my feed about the life, legacy, and message of Martin Luther King Jr. and many related themes.

Those themes will never translate into actions and change unless we remember them on all the days other than the third Monday in January. And so today, on this fourth Monday of January, I share just two brief selections from my reading last week, for your reflection. Neither will take long to read -- unless of course you stop to think about what the words mean.

First, Joel J. Miller writes at Theology That Sticks of "Martin Luther King Jr.'s unfinished task." He reflects on a sermon King gave in Montgomery in 1956, and explores the contrast between racism and the Christian doctrine of the Imago Dei.

Second, I found a collection of "15 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes That Will Challenge You to Take Action." Obviously, context is key and thus the next step after reviewing the list is to pursue the original sermon or speech or letter to better understand King's thinking, but the one liners in themselves can certainly provoke thought or conversation.

Was there anything you read last Monday that made you stop and think? Share a link in the comments section below.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reading in 2015, Year-End Report

Being a graduate of a liberal arts college, I obviously enjoy reading books (pardon the stereotype...but it my case it is true!). One of my "soft" resolutions at the beginning of the year was to read at least one book per month. I managed eleven; I blame the slackening over the summer on the Chicago Cubs' thrilling season being so distracting.

In any case, here are the books I read this year, in alphabetical order by the author's last name:


  • J. Mark Bertrand, Rethinking Worldview
  • Dale Brown, Starfire
  • Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday
  • Greg Forester, Joy for the World
  • Michael Lewis, Moneyball
  • Russell Moore, Onward
  • Paul Nyquist and Carson Nyquist, The Post-Church Christian
  • Philip Graham Ryken, Loving the Way Jesus Loves
  • Patrick Smith, Cockpit Confidential
  • R. C. Sproul, The Consequences of Ideas
  • Paul Taylor, The Next America


And I still have the unread part of an ever-growing list of titles accumulated from my daily blog and news reading, so I am already well on my way to lots of reading in 2016. At least in theory...

Friday, December 25, 2015

Musical Advent Calendar 2015, Day 25

Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day)

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Text by Charles Wesley (1739)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn (1840)

Performed by Celtic Women



Thank you for joining me on this musical journey through Advent.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Musical Advent Calendar 2015, Day 24

Wednesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)

Arise, Shine!
Text from Isaiah 6
Musical setting by Dan Forrest (2007)

Performed by the Baylor Concert Choir