It has been a couple of years since I updated my reading list, so I thought I would jot down the titles of some of the books I have read this year (2017). I'm not much of a reader of modern history; but for some reason, this year I got into this groove of reading… Continue reading What Have I Been Reading?
What roles do the Scriptures play in your prayer life? This is a question that I am not sure many Christians, especially those of the evangelical traditions, consider very carefully. We read our Bibles. We pray. But do these things intersect? Most prayer that I encountered as a pastor's kid was what I call laundry list… Continue reading Praying in God’s Theater
While our congregation is reading through Exous, Leviticus and Numbers, I thought I would add some daily notes of things that caught my imagination. Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me,… Continue reading Reading the Exodus and Wanderings
Last weekend, our family watched the film version of Life of Pi. I was intrigued by the story, and I knew there had to be far more to it, so I requested the book through our library's e-book system. What a fascinating book. It is not that I agree with the philosophy of the book or that… Continue reading Life of Pi
The full title of this book is The Life of Thomas Linacre, Doctor in Medicine, Physician to King Henry VIII, the Tutor and Friend of Sir Thomas More, and the Founder of the College of Physicians in London with Memoirs of His Contemporaries, and of the Rise and Progress of Learning, More Particularly from the Ninth… Continue reading The Life of Thomas Linacre
I am currently reading an advanced copy of Tom Standage's Writing on the Wall. It is an interesting look into the way human beings have communicated in groups over the years. We often think of social media as an innovation of recent years, but when you look at human history, it becomes obvious that we have used… Continue reading Social Media in the Ancient World
I love medieval history. I know that makes me weird. It's ok.Once, my father brought one of his friends up to New Hampshire to visit me. While sitting in a diner, my dad says, "Joe, ask him what he does with his free time." His friend looked at me. I told him, "I study medieval… Continue reading A Fascinating Look into Medieval England