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Here's something I wrote about my indebtedness to Walter Brueggemann. I've been thinking about that debt as I'm working on my upcoming book that should be published about a year from today. The title will be A Table, a Bible, Some Food, Some Friends: 52 Experiments in Spiritual (Re)Formation. It's an overview of the Bible and an introduction (or catechesis) to the Christian faith. It reflects Brueggemann's influence on many levels.

Like a lot of people, I've been pretty disappointed with the US Congress for quite a while now. It's unlikely they'll get much done of value this year ... but it's possible they'll do something positive on Immigration Reform if enough of us speak up in a variety of ways. The Evangelical Immigration Table is mobilizing people in needed directions - learn more here: http://pray4reform.org

Christine Sine posts thoughtfully and helpfully (as always) about yoga and Christian practice here. People interested in this intersection should check out a project I completed recently with my friend Suzanne Jackson.
http://wordlessprayer.com/store.html#simplewords More information here: http://brianmclaren.net/archives/get-involved/a-new-video-resource-integrating.html

Some friends in Santa Fe are working on solar energy and energy democracy ... by watching the accompanying video, you help them get a grant - and you learn something valuable. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s4a-9V-6eWI&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Ds4a-9V-6eWI

There's some important new work being done on the Christian teaching of the Trinity. Check out this book on worship and the Trinity (to which I contributed) ... and this new resource from Cynthia Bourgeault (which I endorsed).

Some cool musical developments from South Africa (HT GC):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBYsU4zu3HM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky4IMtP4hEg

Also from Africa - an excellent article by a friend of mine from Ethiopia:
https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/from-abba-salama-to-king-lalibela/

And in gratuitous turtle news (HT GS) ...
http://smithsonianscience.org/2013/05/first-turtle-shells-are-40-million-years-older-than-previously-realized/