January 2011

Egyptian Democracy?

This morning I find myself glued to the radio listening to ongoing coverage of what appears to be a powerful democratic revolution being waged by hundreds of thousands of unarmed protesters on the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, and other major cities.

A Model of Civility - Jon Stewart

An eloquent and thoughtful discourse from Jon Stewart at the beginning of The Daily Show on Monday. I really loved hearing from Jon that it was possible to call for respect and wisdom from all of us who live in this democracy and share responsibility for the tone of our dialogue -- without needing to blame anybody other than the shooter -- for last week's murderous rampage in Arizona. Sometimes crazy people do crazy things, and you just don't know what might have set someone off.

Living the Fundamentals in the Age of the Spirit

(Excerpt from Chapter 27 of The Sword of the Lord.) A century ago, in some sense the original Christian fundamentalists were asking a fundamental question. The core impulse that gave rise to fundamentalism was a healthy one: rediscover and cherish the essence of Christianity. In 1909, A. C. Dixon and R. A.

Engaging Emergence

One of the most important books I read this year was by Peggy Holman: Engaging Emergence; Turning Upheaval into Opportunity. As Peggy says in her blog, emergence is a process "through which order arises from chaos as the existing order is disrupted, differences appear, and a new coherence coalesces.

Podcast (Free Sample) of "The Sword of the Lord"

Introduction to The Sword of the Lord

"Christian fundamentalism in America emerged a century ago, the faith of generations of immigrants who had experienced war and revolution, removal and upheaval, and in response to the Enlightenment and the scientific revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries.