Review and Quotes from “the millennials” – by Thom and Jess Rainer

Millennials BookThis book is subtitled, “Connecting to America’s Largest Generation”. As suggested, the millennial generation has surpassed the Baby Boomer numbers. As a church or business leader, it is important to understand the shifting mindset of this group. Two of my three children are from this generation and I can vouch for the fact that things are very different than they were with my Boomer parents. Obviously the world has changed, but it’s so much more than that; their minds have changed.

I love working with high school and college students, most of which are currently millennials. When I was given this book, I was excited. I am always looking for ways to connect and improve my communications with young people. As I read the book, I was let down. Continue reading “Review and Quotes from “the millennials” – by Thom and Jess Rainer”

Review and Quotes from “If I had lunch with C.S. Lewis”

LunchWithLewisThis book is subtitled Exploring the Ideas of C.S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life.

I started reading this book with excitement. My excitement quickly calmed and eventually turned to disappointment. This had nothing to do with the content of the book, but the approach taken by the author. I had pictured a fictional set of scenes where dialog takes place between two characters, one of which would be Lewis. I am an avid reader of Lewis and thought this would be a great and fresh, though supposed, take on his thoughts. Instead, what I found is much like other works of the sort – a topic is given and Lewis’ writings on the topic are quoted.

Perhaps I will one day write the book I was hoping to read.

Once I got over my dismay with the intended presentation of the book. I found that the author, Alister McGrath, actually had some very worthwhile insights worth noting. Continue reading “Review and Quotes from “If I had lunch with C.S. Lewis””

“Lamb” – recent learnings from history, fiction and an atheist

Keep Calm and be AtheistI love to read anything that captures the heart of young men and women, especially when the church speaks out against that same literature. For me, these are opportunities to gain insight into the gaps between what I believe and my ability to effectively understand and communicate with the next generation. This fascination has led me to embrace many wonderful, modern works like Harry Potter and The Golden Compass.

I recently had lunch with a 20 something self-proclaimed atheistic leaning agnostic. Continue reading ““Lamb” – recent learnings from history, fiction and an atheist”

“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)”