Learning to Trust: Reflections on the death of Brennan Manning

“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Abide in my love.” – John 15:9 During my first season in Kenya, I wrote it on a notecard and stuck it on the bathroom mirror in the room where I lived in the Ham’s house. I recited it to myself, memorized it toContinue reading “Learning to Trust: Reflections on the death of Brennan Manning”

Book Review of Hugh Sinclair’s “Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor”

Hugh Sinclair has given us a very important and unnerving look into the world of microfinance. I doubt that any practitioner or student will read this book without self or company-wide reflection as to whether one is implicated in a similar kind of hypocrisy or disconnect between image and reality. The period of the lastContinue reading “Book Review of Hugh Sinclair’s “Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor””

Scott Cairns, ‘Into Hell and Out Again’

In this Byzantine-inflected icon of the Resurrection, the murdered Christ is still in Hell, the chief issue being that this Resurrection is of our agéd parents and all their poor relations. We find Him as we might expect, radiant in spotless white, standing straight, but leaning back against the weight of lifting them. Long traditionContinue reading “Scott Cairns, ‘Into Hell and Out Again’”

First Thoughts Concerning Rob Bell’s New Book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God

I’m one of those folk who deeply appreciate Rob Bell – and very nearly anything he says or writes provokes me in one way or another. Of course, he didn’t employ me to be his fan or come to his defense on anything and I’m sure no one (including him) doesn’t really care whether IContinue reading “First Thoughts Concerning Rob Bell’s New Book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God”