Getting into a holiday mindset takes a simple read or two. Rhino by Ryan Harris is a perfect example: very readable and undemanding. This sporting biography features not one, but two co-writers, but Harris’ story is interesting because of the mid-career recreation that he effected going from journeyman to spearhead in the midst of continuing …

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Modern evangelicals are often a reflection of the individualism and cynicism of the present age in their attitudes to institutions or denominations. As celebrity leader models collapse, and as expectations of accountability as protection against abuse grow, the benefit and necessity of denominations and institutional linkages is becoming more apparent. These structures don’t exist for …

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Saw Mirai, newly released today. Not the sort of thing that makes it to our home region. An episodic exploration of a four-year-old adjusting to life as his family welcomes his baby sister, Mirai. The premise evokes Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, exploring familial relational dynamics across generations. There are many familiar emotional situations portrayed. The …

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A meditation on faith by Ron Block. Faith isn’t something we drum up or fight for. We don’t pull up our faith-bootstraps and try to believe. Faith is more than intellectual assent to ideas about God; it is the outcome of any real moment of intimate contact with him. When we are fearful or unbelieving, …

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