About JK Barker

Two people living life and reading and writing as we do.

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  • JK shared from Story: Recapture the Mystery by Steven James
    To understand Easter, to really get it, I think you need to experience the whole story—enter the darkened theater, take your seat, and watch the tale unfold. Because the empty tomb doesn’t make sense without the cross, the cross doesn’t make sense without the manger in Bethlehem, and the manger doesn’t make sense without the Garden of Eden.
    Note: we need the whole story!!!
  • JK shared from Story: Recapture the Mystery by Steven James
    Either way, when you miss most of the story and only walk in for the finale, you’re not usually moved to tears.
    Note: Tell the whole story! (not just the end, not just the propositions...)
  • JK shared from Story: Recapture the Mystery by Steven James
    the hope God offers is raw and real and unvarnished. It rises through the centuries and reverberates in the hearts and souls of true spiritual pilgrims everywhere. This is not a cheap hope but a costly one. It’s a tearstained hope strong enough to comfort people who’ve watched their parents die, seen their dreams fade away, struggled with whether or not to have an abortion, or lived through a divorce. It’s a hope for the oppressed, the guilty, the haunted, the hurting, the forgotten, the abused, the mocked, the ignored, the lonely, and the overlooked. Workaholics and loudmouths and outcasts...
    Note: bless the Lord. His hope is real
  • JK shared from Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know by Andrew Finkel
    However, as a journalist working in Turkey for over two decades, I have learned from hard experience the challenge of writing news stories with shelf-lives longer than a week, let alone producing generalities that will nestle comfortably on a bedside table. Turkey is a society in the throes of enormous change, and any snapshot of the here-and-now is bound to be blurred.
    Note: The challenges of writing on modern day Turkey:
  • JK shared from Birds Without Wings by Louis De Bernieres
    Fritz bit Moritz and Moritz bit the King and the King died, and so there is a new king, who happens to be a previously deposed one who is detested vehemently by all the Allies. The loss of Allied support means the loss of the war. Moritz, the Barbary ape, and Fritz, the German shepherd dog, will have successfully altered the entire course of Greek and Turkish history, but they themselves will retire modestly into oblivion and obscurity. They will leave neither simian nor canine memoirs explaining their side of the story. No one will know what happened to either of them in the end, or what would...
    Note: one of the strangest twists of fate!
  • JK shared from A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan by Michael Kazin
    “The question is not what we can do, but what we ought to do. This nation can do whatever it desires to do, but it must accept responsibility for what it does.”
    Note: still a question that must be posed to our leadership
  • JK shared from A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan by Michael Kazin
    Bryan’s personality had made him a popular hero, but it should warn reflective Americans to choose somebody else to govern them. “There is really no more reason for electing an orator to office than for electing a fiddler. Both talents rouse the emotions.”
    Note: There must be more to a leader than his speeches.
  • JK shared from a Personal Document
    The universal truth is beyond question—the only people who excel are those who have decided to do so. Great doctors or speakers or skiers or writers or musicians are great because somewhere along the way, they made the choice.
  • JK shared from a Personal Document
    The dreams we need are self-reliant dreams. We need dreams based not on what is but on what might be. We need students who can learn how to learn, who can discover how to push themselves and are generous enough and honest enough to engage with the outside world to make those dreams happen.
  • JK shared from a Personal Document
    The question I’d ask every administrator and school board is, “Does the curriculum you teach now make our society stronger?”
    Note: does it? are our schools producing something of value?