June 2011

Taking My Grandmother into My Heart

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I was born into a prominent fundamentalist family in 1950 and then grew up in the midst of cultural turmoil and massive social change. My granddad was John R. Rice, famous evangelist and editor of the influential Sword of the Lord newspaper, and my grandmother was Lloys Cooke Rice.

Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening

compassionate listeningMy friend Andrea Cohen has written a lovely and useful book, Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening" in which she reflects on the power of the heart: "The heart contains approximately 40,000 neural cells - the kind we used to think existed only in the brain.

Restoration - The Sword of the Lord and Me


Review by Micha Boyett Hohorst, who says she is Texan in sweetness (born and raised), Northeastern in skepticism (her twenties), and San Franciscan in location (one year). She is Southern Baptist nurtured, Anglican by choice, Presbyterian by current church, and in love with Roman Catholic monastic and contemplative practice.

A Conversation with David Nilsen - The Screaming Kettle

David Nilsen -- In early May I read and reviewed Andrew Himes‘ excellent new book The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family. Andrew is the grandson of John R. Rice, a prominent leader within the Fundamentalist movement until his passing in 1980. In the book Andrew discusses the influence, both good and bad, Fundamentalism had on his own life and much of American church culture. I recently had the privilege of corresponding with Andrew and asking him some questions about the book.