Selling Water By The River by Shane Hipps: I’ve always had a fondness for Shane Hipps. His journey into and out of pastoral work [Advertising Exec to Mennonite Pastor to MegaChurch Pastor to Leadership Exec] grants him both freedom of voice and broadness of perspective. Both are on display in this book. Hipps writes about ideas often entertained privately but rarely discussed publicly by those firmly entrenched in most mainline evangelical Christian circles. But what he posits here about the many ways in which religion can get in the way of the true center of the good news Jesus came to bring is timely and well worth exploring.
Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating: This book is one of those rare reads that continues doing its work in me long after I’ve finished reading the last page. Fr.Thomas Keating’s work focuses on centering prayer. He offers a beautifully simple yet robust template for hearing God in the silence. The wonderful interplay between the practical and the profound in this book invites the reader to try without fear while never compromising the richness and depth of what it is we’re being invited into – namely, a deeper communion with God himself.
Watching | Listening | Drinking:
Watching | All Is Lost: Robert Redford is stranded at sea. I just told you every basic detail of this 90 minute movie in six words. Nothing is told of Redford’s character and why he’s at sea. There are no convenient diary-entry-monologues in the moonlight or reflective voiceovers from the abyss. Instead, we are left to hover like quiet intruders riddled with guilt at our own safety while watching a man cling to life in a literal ocean of hopelessness. By the end I felt cold and unsafe and that, I think, is the genius of this quietly massive film – its relentless commitment to be what it is, forcing the audience to come along for the ride.
Listening | Kye Kye - Fantasize: This is electro-pop at its very finest. Kye Kye’s second full length album is never in a rush; it never seems to care about anything but the exact moment, measure, and melody you’re listening to. Producer Chad Howat of Paper Route fame [another favorite of mine], seems to have brought out the best in this quartet. Really catchy melodies keep the listener anchored in the midst of numerous forays into sonically eclectic territory. Her, Dreams (2am), and Celeste are my favorite tracks.
Drinking | Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA: I’ve been a big fan of Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA for some time now so I was excited to try this DIPA when I saw it on tap a burger place down in Santa Cruz a few weeks ago. It did not disappoint. It has a nice grapefruit bite along with strong citrus flavor and a great floral scent – all of the elements I enjoy in a good IPA. It’s also 10% ABV, so it’s a party every time.
What are YOU into lately? Comment with your suggestions!