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The God of The Last Dance

There is no better sports documentary than the recently released Michael Jordan biopic ‘The Last Dance’. Indeed, Netflix has dropped one of the greatest sports documentaries of all-time. Just like its central character, the documentary is one for the ages, detailing not only the inside story of the 1997-1998 season of the Chicago Bulls, but also threading-in the various highs and lows of Jordan’s career from start to finish. Netflix has dropped one of the greatest sports documentaries of all-time. Just like its central character, the documentary is one for the ages In reflecting upon this series, I’ve been struck...

The (very) Old Cult of the New

I wonder if you have ever heard people talk about how great it is that modern society has finally had the courage to reassess its cultural and religious norms for sex and marriage? Have you ever heard them joke that we made the change and the sky hasn’t fallen in? Have you heard people congratulating themselves for being on the right side of history? If you have, welcome to the 1910s! Statements like that were very commonplace in the post-Nietzschean thought-world at the dawn of the twentieth century. It was the age of  ‘the cult of the new’—the century that...

My Year in Books – Renee Tan (Young Worker Edition)

In 2019, I found myself learning to balance various responsibilities across university, work and church. There were several occasions throughout the year when I experienced the tension of wearing so many different hats. However, as I look back further into previous years, I see that these episodes are increasingly few and far between. I can sincerely thank God for maturing me in wisdom and increasing my ability (and willingness) to remain faithful in whatever role He has called me. The books (and podcast) that I list below have served as useful guides in 2019 as I navigate the challenges of...

My Year in Books – Bill Salier

The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior & Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good, Stephen Garber Probably the most annoyingly written but most stimulating of the books I have read this year. Garber’s interest is in thinking about discipleship over the long haul, especially for young adults.  He explores a simple formula: worldview + mentor + shaping community as he writes about spiritual formation, vocation. I find myself still thinking through several concepts he introduces and discusses at length in these books: taking responsibility for knowledge; how to know the world and love it, rather than...

My Year in Books (and Culture) – Andrew Prideaux

Prophetic from the Center—The Gospel of Jesus Christ in 1Corinthians 15:1-19, D.A. Carson A very short book (54pp) in which every word counts! This book goes straight to the top of my reading list for mentees and ministry apprentices. 1Corinthians15:1-19 is a significant text for a number of reasons and gives us access to perhaps the earliest summary of the Christian gospel in the New Testament. Carson addresses the temptation that all Christians, individually and corporately face: to move the gospel of Christ crucified and risen for the forgiveness of sins out of the center—invariably replacing it with a new one:...

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