‘Hell or High Water’—No not our Presidential Contest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9zwMQN_YigBoom or bust West Texas. Been there, done that. Wide open spaces, hard livin' and 'Texas tea' aka oil, the only ticket out of poverty or at least destitution. No this is not another 'There Will be Blood" type of movie. It's not really about the oil. It is more of old-fashioned Western, but in a new-fangled way. And like most Westerns, it is a morality play which raises the question of what really is justice. Is it just when a bank basically robs … [Read more...]

How They Make Christian Music

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C.K. Barrett’s Advice to a Divided United Methodist Church

(This picture, courtesy of the Guardian, is of CKB at the dedication of the lecture hall in his name in the new Bryson building at Durham University, in 2007. It is one of the last pictures of him in public before he died in 2011).I am proud to say, I knew Charles Kingsley Barrett pretty well for half my life, for 34 years from 1977-2011. I have of late been working on transcribing his sermons, some of which I was privileged enough to hear in person along the way, both in Durham, and here … [Read more...]

The Purpose Driven Phelps

Here's an interesting story worth checking out about how reading Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life helped turn Michael Phelps life around in 2014. See what you think. BW3http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/08/19/eric-metaxas-michael-phelps-was-contemplating-suicide-and-then-he-was-given-a-famous-christian-book/ … [Read more...]

Unsullied— ‘Sully’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjKEXxO2KNEIf Meryl Streep is America's 'every woman' or at least can play them all, then Tom Hanks is clearly our 'every man', and in this Clint Eastwood film he gets to play what we would called a true hero--- Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who miraculously landed a plane on the Hudson in the winter of 2009 with the rescue of all souls on board. This film is tight and taut, lasting only 96 minutes which fairly fly by. You might have expected no suspense, … [Read more...]

The Things We do for Love— David Crosby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIh4zceuZpcHere's one of my musical heroes and influences--- David Crosby, who releases a new album soon, at age 75..... amazing. See what you think. BW3 … [Read more...]

The Ax Man Cometh

The ax man cometh.... and no one can sleep. Don't fear the riffer.... fear the shredder:) … [Read more...]

Career of Evil— the Latest Murder Mystery from J.K. Rowling

One thing we know for sure about Edinburgh resident J.K. Rowling--- she knows how to right long novels which keep people's attention right to the end. This is no small feat in the age of short attention spans, and twittering and tweating. If you mention 140 characters to Rowling she'd laugh and say--- "yes that's how many interesting characters had roles in my last novel". The Cormoran Strike series of detective fiction is now in its third installment, entitled 'Career of Evil' (512 pages) … [Read more...]

The Cartoons of Mark Frontczak— No. 1

So I'm flying back from Bellingham Wash. where I was doing some filming, and lo and behold, I'm sitting next to a fellow older Christian and minister named Mark Frontczak. Turns out he is also a Christian cartoonist who told me--- 'grab what you need from my site' and so I told him I'd take him up on that one since I'm always looking for blog-worthy material. We talked about the off beat humor in one of our favorite cartoonists--- Gary Larson, and lo and behold, Mark seems to have that same … [Read more...]