Embrace The Boundaries

Without boundaries there is no freedom. Unlimited choice is no choice. In terms of investing and the digital economy, boundlessness makes prosperity impossible, since the only acceptable outcome is more growth. This is Doug Rushkoff’s  contention in the “Bounded Investing” section at the end of Throwing Rocks at The Google Bus, a numbered list of constructive proposals […]

Steady-State Thinking vs. Church Growth

It’s a weird week when Douglas Rushkoff releases his new book raising the alarm about our culture’s constant growth mentality and two prominent church figures spit on small churches. I’m part of a small subset of nerdilicious nerds who will take note of both those things. First Bill Easum said that pastors of churches that […]

Creating Value Costs. Churches Can Ask People To Pay

This is the second post about Douglas Rushkoff’s new book Throwing Rocks at The Google Bus: How Growth Became The Enemy of Prosperity. Read the first post here.   Churches should add value to their communities, not extract it. But how? And if it’s valuable, can we charge for it? I’m thinking yes we can. Most […]

Making Paper Cranes: Syncretism

Note: Making Paper Cranes is a weekly engagement with Mihee Kim Kort’s New book . . . uh, . . . Making Paper Cranes: Towards An Asian American Feminist Theology. Mihee handles complicated things gently. Also, she’s got deadly opposite field power. Here are posts one, two, and three about the book. Making Paper Cranes turns […]

Making Paper Cranes: Feminism

Note: Making Paper Cranes is a weekly engagement with Mihee Kim Kort’s New book . . . uh, . . . Making Paper Cranes: Towards An Asian American Feminist Theology. Mihee handles complicated things gently. Also, she’s deadly in the low post. I went to seminary with Mihee, and I was surprised to read this in […]

Making Paper Cranes: Foreigner

Note: Making Paper Cranes is a weekly engagement with Mihee Kim Kort’s New book . . . uh, . . . Making Paper Cranes: Towards An Asian American Feminist Theology. Mihee handles complicated things gently. Also, she’s not afraid to turn upfield after the catch to gain extra yards. Seriously. That’s not a metaphor.   […]

Making Paper Cranes

Mihee Kim Kort has released her first book on Chalice Press. And Making Paper Cranes: Toward an Asian American Feminist Theology is exactly what it says it is.  Mihee was a seminary classmate (and intramural flag football teammate) a decade ago. Since then she’s been a blogging partner and a contributor to PLGRM, the magazine I […]

Books for 2013

I’ve pre-ordered Douglas Rushkoff’s forthcoming book, Present Shock. When it’s released on March 21st, I’ll be reading and blogging my way through it, like I did with Christianity After Religion. What forthcoming book, dear reader, are you eager to read? Name it in the comments and I’ll put it on the blog calendar.  

Christianity After Religion: Great Awakening

Note: readers of this series will be interested to read Philip Clayton’s op-ed in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, in which he sings the praises of the Emergent Church movement. The charismatic movement that seized my parents in 1983 and turned my brother into a suit-clad 8 year-old missionary was a backlash. The whole complex of […]