Cultural Artifacts

dwight’s top ten books of 2013

Here’s my list of books picks for 2013, (once again have included a few books published the year before which I didn’t get to until 2013). 1.God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’, by Sarah Coakley 2. Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works, by James K. A. Smith 3. The Cross and […]



dwight’s top 10 books of 2012

Here’s my list of book picks for 2012 (have a listed a few books published last year which I didn’t get to until 2012) . . . no particular order: 1. Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, by Norman Wirzba 2. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible, […]



dwight’s top 10 books of 2011

Here’s my list for 2011 (have a listed a few books published last year that I didn’t get to until 2011) . . . no particular order:   1.  Loving to Know: Covenant Epistemology, by Esther L. Meek 2.  The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture, by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove 3.  God and […]



dwight’s top 10 – books of 2010

Here’s my list for 2010 . . . no particular order: 1. James K. A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation 2. James Davison Hunter’s To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World 3. Elizabeth Hun Schmidt’s The Poets Laureate Anthology 4. Thomas Long’s […]



Lastest Pew Forum Report

Today The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released the “U. S. Religious Knowledge Survey” You have got to check it out.  The results surprised me. READ THE REPORT Peace, dwight



hidden influence of social networks

Here’s a great TED talk exploring more implications of social networks.  The presenter is Nicholas Christakis.  He is an internist and social scientist who conducts research on social factors that affect health, health care, and longevity.  He is the author of, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.  […]



the leadership of first followers

So my appreciation of Derek Sivers continues to grow.  Have you seen his TED talk in which he exegetes the birth of a movement via a YouTube video (here’s the original video without Derek’s commentary)  which captures a shirtless dancing guy at the Gorge Amphitheater)? What do you notice about the leading and following?  Of […]



Pascal’s favorite “Spongebob” video

I hope you enjoy my son’s favorite Spongebob Square Pants YouTube Video.  It Spongebob’s remix of Europe’s, “Final Countdown.”  He’d love to hear what you think, I promise to pass your comments along. Peace, dwight



rethinking social networking

Here’s another thoughtful TED talk exploring social networking; this one is by Stefana Broadbent. Broadbent’s research shows how communication technology is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules.  What do you think? Peace, dwight



New German pomo Christianity… beyond deconstruction

Carl Raschke just made a great post “the Church and Postmodern Culture: Conversation” which he called: The new German postmodern Christianity – beyond deconstruction Peace, dwight