The Brass Verdict (book review)

Reviewing The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (Little & Brown, 2008). Be warned: this review contains spoilers. Over the last month, I've been on a mystery-crime-thriller kick, mostly reading some of the Jack Reacher series (by Lee Child), and also the Harry Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer books by Michael Connelly. In my opinion, Connelly exceeds Child... Continue Reading →

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On Reading in 2019

by Mike Phay Thus far in my life, I've had the good fortune to avoided chronic back pain. For this, I'm very thankful. Over the holidays, however, I picked up some real tightness along the right side of my spine. Nothing major. For now, just a minor inconvenience. But for me, it’s been quite unusual... Continue Reading →

My Top Reads of 2018

by Mike Phay The Letters of John Newton by John Newton. Newton’s letters accompanied me throughout the year, even during some very dark days. At their core was the truth, purportedly spoken by Newton on his deathbed: “I am a great sinner, and Christ is a great savior.” This truth continues to shape me: Jesus... Continue Reading →

Are You Ready for Christmas?

by Mike Phay A common refrain drifting through conversations during the holiday season is the casual, “Are you ready for Christmas?” By which we generally mean, “Do you have all of the presents bought and wrapped, all of the decorations hung, all of the food bought, and all of the other to-dos crossed off your... Continue Reading →

You Have One Job

by Mike Phay I know it’s coming. I’ve read it before. But maybe the story will be different this time. But alas, it’s not. It never is. Genesis 3 always follows Genesis 1 and 2. It’s like watching a train wreck over and over again, and I’m a passive observer with the unfortunate privilege of... Continue Reading →

Loving Others in Kairos Time

by Mike Phay One of the most significant and world-altering inventions in human history is something you’ve probably never heard of. It’s never gotten a lot of press, even though it helped to fundamentally define the way we now live.  It’s called the escapement. Google it.  The escapement was first used in the 13th century... Continue Reading →

10 Reasons Your Anger Isn’t Righteous

Most of the anger we justify as “righteous”—the flare-ups and frustrations caused by petty annoyances or personal affronts—isn’t righteous at all. Here are ten reasons why...

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