The Golden Compass

When Amy and I went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last week, there as a very cool trailer for a movie coming out in December called The Golden Compass. Based on a book by Philip Pullman, this is a story that has been on the edges of my radar for …

Up to Speed with Harry Potter

I just finished Harry Potter #6 (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) after finally finishing Harry Potter #5 (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.)   Amy told me I needed to finish the sixth book before we go to the movie tomorrow in case I were to overhear some plot spoiler, even though …

Integrity, The Wake

Here's a results-oriented book for you: Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality, by Dr. Henry Cloud. Henry Cloud is a name I've heard a couple of times before from friends at Willow, but I've never read one of his books. He's a clinical psychologist who many people know as "the Boundaries guy," …

Willow Creek, Dawkins, and Cloud

Last Tuesday morning, I flew back to Chicago to teach and perform at the Willow Creek Arts Conference.  After a dip in last year's attendance, this year's conference attracted around 5000 from around the country, all of them involved in various ministries in their local churches.  Musicians, actors, writers, dancers, technicians, and many of the …