Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

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A Story of Faith and Hope

For those of you who don’t know, my sister-in-law was born with a rare heart condition and has had multiple surgeries. She and my brother, who live in Oklahoma, have travelled as far as Cleveland, OH to have a surgery on her heart. They have both been an inspiration to me and their story was recently published in The Daily Oklahoman. Check out Lot of Heart

Nelson Mandela 

Nelson Mandela’s life is an incredibile story of hope and forgiveness. What took place in South Africa after the end of apartheid is simply remarkable. Brian Zahnd has written a wonderful post on the life and importance of Nelson Mandela. He writes,

The prisoner had become president. Joseph’s amazing story had been repeated. And if there were any question as to whether President Mandela would pursue a course of reconciliation or revenge, the answer was given when he invited his white jailer to be his honored guest at his presidential inauguration.

Check out Nelson Mandela: From Prisoner to President

Ministry & Leaving

Recently my friend and mentor, Jim Martin, left the church he has been at for more than twenty years to serve as Vice President of Harding School of Theology. Grady King wrote about his departure and what happens when a minister leaves a church. I have been posting about ministry the last couple of weeks and I found Grady’s post to be very helpful. Check out When a Minister Leaves

Terrence Malick

If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you probably are aware of my fascination with Terrence Malick films. I have stated in the past and still believe that Malick is the greatest Christian filmmaker alive today. He is an amazing artist that challenges us to think about our faith. Justin E. H. Smith recently wrote a post about Terrence Malick. I certainly do not agree with everything he writes, but I do appreciate his insight into The Thin Red Line. I have always thought of it as an anti-war film, but Smith gives reason to believe it is also a Christian film, although more subtle than The Tree of Life and To the Wonder. Check out Notes on Terrence Malick

The Wallings Jr.

The past few weeks I have been listening to the new album by The Wallings Jr. If you like acoustic music with great songs and great harmonies, then you need to pick up their album, Before the War. It is very similar to a lot of music that has become popular recently like Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers, but The Wallings Jr. are not merely riding the coattails of bigger artists. They have their own unique sound and ability to craft amazing songs that just stick with you. Right now you can download a free sampler of their new album at Noisetrade. Check it out here

The Eastern Sea

It’s Christmas time and there is a lot of bad Christmas music we are forced to listened to, but thankfully there are also some really good Christmas albums available. One of my favorites is by an Austin band named The Eastern Sea. Here is This is Christmas.

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