“The Message” (the Bible in contemporary language)

bibleI truly love the Bible, but for reasons different than one might think. While it is the narrative foundation for my convictions and beliefs, I love the Bible as an amazing work of literature, poetry, symbolism and world view. I continually find myself amazed by this compilation of 66 books written by at least 39 authors over a period of approximately 1,500 years. I know there are so many arguments about the missing books, potential contradictions, edits made by those in authority, credibility of authors, manipulated translations, et cetera. None of these discussions take away from my love for this work. Continue reading ““The Message” (the Bible in contemporary language)”

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” – Garth Stein

Earlier this week, I decided that I wanted to read a book for pure enjoyment. My brain was stretched and I just wanted to relax and enjoy myself for a while. I called my pastor, Greg DePriest, to get a recommendation. He suggested The Art of Racing in the Rain. I purchased the book and began reading that night.

I must say, my pastor’s interpretation of “enjoyment” is different from mine because this is probably the most depressing book I have ever read. Yet, it is one of the best modern fiction novels that I have read. The entire book is written from the perspective of a dog. Continue reading ““The Art of Racing in the Rain” – Garth Stein”

“Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as brothers” – Thich Nhat Hanh

A few weeks back, I took a trip to Nashville to work with a customer of Intellithought. The day was good, much was accomplished and we headed off for dinner. The recommended dining location was a nice cuisine in the newer downtown area. We were early and found ourselves as the only people in the restaurant. We ordered and had small talk until our food arrived. Then, I asked permission to pray over our meal. (This is a practice I have had since childhood and, though I think there is nothing magical about praying before you eat, it has become a good marker in my day to remind me to be thankful.) With a pause of hesitation, my guest let me know it was fine. After the prayer he seemed disturbed. I inquired. He let me know that it was just a bit odd for him to pray in Jesus’ name since he is a Buddhist. This sparked a good conversation. Continue reading ““Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as brothers” – Thich Nhat Hanh”