April 2011

Stories from the Shack - Jim Henderson and Wm. Paul Young

May 8th in Seattle, my friend Jim Henderson is introducing an amazing and ambitious show, starring Paul Young, author of the powerful and provocative novel "The Shack," which has shaken the Christian publishing world as no novel has done in the past century. It's the story of a man confronting some painful memories from his past in a little cabin in the Northwest wilderness, and in the company of -- brace yourself -- the Trinity, one of whose members is God the Parent, represented in the story by an African American woman.

Bob Jones University and Racial Reconciliation

Excerpt from Chapter 27 of "The Sword of the Lord" by Andrew Himes. -- In the 21st century, it’s almost impossible for people in the South or anywhere else to maintain ideas about race, religion, or politics that we inherited without questioning in the 19th or 20th centuries.

Video: Why am I a conservationist? What's a living legacy?

Here's a quick 5 minute video outlining ways to get engaged in environmental giving.  The video is a summary of why our family is involved in conservation, and shares thoughts on ways others can join in as well.  Some of the questions answered include:  Why am I involved in supporting water issues; What's a living legacy?  Why do I support the Nature Conservancy - and what's my message to other conservation donors (which has something to do with sharing a cup of coffee!)

Elizabeth Marino, Bobby Kennedy, and Jerry Falwell

DebrisOn entering the world of Elizabeth Marino’s  new book Debris, we settle into a gentle, guided exploration of memory and desire, regret, intimation, and salvation. Her poetry calms the spirit, but it also challenges the heart. She challenges us to remember things of substance from our own lives; she challenges us to act without ever issuing a call to action.

Using the Bible to Support Abolition – and Slavery

slave shacklesGuest blog by Sharon Autenrieth - I’m currently reading a book called The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family by Andrew Himes.   I snagged the opportunity to read it for review before publication, and I am loving it.  Americ

News on a March Full Moon - Poetry by David Plumb

I'm taking a little detour from my typical post tonight in order to publish this moving poem by a talented and eloquent writer. David Plumb's work is shaped by his own experience as a naval officer during the Vietnam War and by his profound empathy for those whose names are "whispered in the stars. Jessica, Daniel, Jeffrey, Patrick" -- names that "echo in blood, in guns, in storms."

Thank you, David, for reminding us who they are, and who we are as well.