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15 Books

June 9, 2009 — Leave a comment


The latest “tagging” of notes on facebook is people sharing the 15 most influential books on their lives they can think of in 15 minutes.  I normally avoid things like this, but I was interested in some of my friends picks and decided to do it myself.  I thought for those that follow me here and not on facebook, I would share it here.  Here are the 15 books that will stick with me for the rest of my life (which I noticed afterward was more reflective of “books I’ve enjoyed after my first year out of college”):

1. Velvet Elvis – Rob Bell
2. Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
3. The Rise of the Creative Class – Richard Florida
4. Tribes – Seth Godin
5. The Shack – William Paul Young
6. Artist Management Manual – Jeremy Rwakaara
7. Worship Matters – Bob Kauflin
8. All You Need to Know About the Music Business – Donald Passman
9. Adventures in Missing the Point – Brian Mclaren and Tony Campolo
10. UnChristain – David Kinnaman
11. Wisdom for a Young CEO – David Berry
12. Jesus for President – Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
13. How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth – Gordon D. Fee
14. I Am America and So Can You – Stephen Colbert
15. When I Don’t Desire God How to Fight for Joy – John Piper

It’s interesting! You should do it too.  Here is a link to the conversation on facebook or you can comment here.  Recommendations welcomed!


Peace. Everybody wants it, but there are many different routes to getting there.  So much of war is caused by religious differences.  It’s sad, but it is true.  Conservatives are criticized because they want to stop violence with violence.  Liberals are criticized because “all they want to do is talk”.  Maybe you “don’t care about politics”, but I find that most people that say this still definitely care about things like peace and justice.  This disconnect is frustrating for me to watch.  Is our government going to solve the huge problems of this world?  Of course not, but the government can serve as one source of helping (or what seems to more frequently happen, end up hurting the situation).  So maybe you don’t care about politics and that is ok.  But what do we tell our government to do when there is a genocide in Darfur (2,000 – 5,000+ dead since 2003)?  What do we say when our government bombs innocent people because we are looking for a small terrorist group in a huge land?  What do you think about abortion or gay rights?

Anyways, here is an old but interesting interview between Tony Campolo (president of Eastern University) and Shane Claiborne (a crazy, but interesting, hippie for Jesus).  I learned a lot and more importantly, it confirmed a lot of of my beliefs of how to come to peace between our religious differences (muslim, christian, atheist, etc.).  Maybe there won’t ever be peace between us, but that does not give us the excuse to stop trying.

Colbert/Campolo Interview

March 11, 2009 — 1 Comment

Two heroes.  One video.

The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c

2006 interview of Stephen Colbert and Tony Campolo.