Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen (Linda Heywood, 2017)

Books

The story of Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen is both fascinating and important. Fascinating because too many of us know too little of…

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (Joby Warrick, 2015)

Books

The Story of ISIS If you are like me, a great deal of the conflict that roils the Middle East is rather unclear. Perhaps…

odd kid

Poetry

odd kid the odd kid at the bus stop drops his backpack in the grass, sorta with defiance, but not really, not actually. do…

Rhiannon Giddens, Freedom Highway (2017)

Music

Singing truth to privilege Some protest music rants angrily over wrongs, but the best shines love on injustice, and thereby allows us to sense…

When Progress Breeds Problems

Culture / Discernment / Pluralistic World

Usually we are simply swept along by progress, and hardly notice how the advances in technology and the marketplace actually work themselves out in…

Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016)

Movies

A gift from beyond the horizons of time The plot of this movie is relatively simple: twelve massive spaceships suddenly appear at various points…

Pushed Into a Hostile World

Art / Books

Historical consistency is certainly one of the unique marks of Christianity. Christians proclaim the exclusive claims of Jesus as we respond to Jesus’ own…

Reality and current events

Culture

Occasionally I come across something that was written in the past, sometimes in the far past, and wonder how it could be so relevant…

Finding Livelihood (Nancy Nordenson, 2014)

Books

Contemplating work and rest I’m not certain I can describe this clearly, but I’ll try. There are two sorts of nonfiction books worth reading.…

The Art of Mary McCleary

Art / Books

I have never seen a work by Mary McCleary in person but wish I could. She makes collages, merging pieces of string, bits of…