Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents – a Book Blog

We have been inundated recently with book lists that encourage us to learn about and practice racial reconciliation. That is certainly justified, given our reluctance to learn lessons from history, and our stubbornness to advocate for equity in the long term. Even as we read all we can, sometimes all the book subjects seem toContinue reading “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents – a Book Blog”

Learning to Speak God from Scratch – a Book Blog

A few things caught my attention right from the start when this book was published in late summer, 2018. First, the book was written by former Religion News Service journalist Jonathan Merritt, and I’ve been a fan for a few years. He is a freelance writer now, focusing his blog on Faith & Culture, whileContinue reading “Learning to Speak God from Scratch – a Book Blog”

Flunking Sainthood, by Jana Reiss

“Flunking Sainthood” A BOOK BLOG BY REV. CATHY SWEENEY I first read Jana Reiss on social media. She has a wicked sense of humor, as I learned when she undertook the task to tweet the Bible. Yes, tweet the Bible. Over a three-year period, Riess summarized the Bible into 140 characters a day. For example,Continue reading “Flunking Sainthood, by Jana Reiss”


Micah 3:5-8 5 Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets     who lead my people astray, who cry “Peace”     when they have something to eat, but declare war against those     who put nothing into their mouths. 6 Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision,     and darkness to you, without revelation. The sun shall go down upon the prophets,Continue reading “Enough.”

Social Graces in a Such a Time as This

This morning, NY Times’ columnist David Brooks shared “The Golden Age of Bailing.”  He ponders whether we have become immune to last-minute cancellations, or “bailing.” He’s got a point – and I’m sure many of us agree. Who among us hasn’t used a last minute excuse to cancel a meeting, or a social gathering, orContinue reading “Social Graces in a Such a Time as This”

Review: “More: God Has Everything Waiting for You.”

I had just finished reading the book, “Move,” on which the premise of this book was based. ‘Move’ is a data driven book that analyzes the results of over 1,000 church responses to faith practices and individual closeness to Christ. It is most helpful to church staff (to implement). Hawkins helped analyze the results ofContinue reading “Review: “More: God Has Everything Waiting for You.””

Is Home Where the Heart is?

Recently, I have been thinking on this familiar phrase: More specifically, I’ve been thinking about from the perspective of those who are homeless. That’s probably because in the last month, I’ve had a renewed focus on those without stable housing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In her book, Helping America’s Homeless, Martha Burt helps usContinue reading “Is Home Where the Heart is?”

The Bell Ringer

Most of my professional career has been spent in the commercial real estate industry.  Development, property management, asset management, accounting, finance, leasing, executive suite – 25 years leaves a lot of room to practice a variety of services! I admire the common practice of celebrating successes at the close of a transaction in real estate. Continue reading “The Bell Ringer”