I am in Love and that is Simply Grand (Two Gentlemen)

Being in love is on defense. If you are in love, you are aware that everyone that wishes to be in love and is not will be sad and those who are “out of love” will think you a liar or soon to be disillusioned. In fact, if you do not note the cynicism and [Read More…]

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Faster, Stronger, Better. . . Meh (The Six Million Dollar Man)

We lost our television in odd circumstances. Daniel and I liked going to church and generally made no trouble going, but this Sunday night was The Wizard of Oz. There was no streaming in those benighted days, no ability to pop in a Blu-ray. If you missed a show, you missed it. I saw the Star Wars [Read More…]

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Winning Is Temporary (King John)

Nothing is dumber than giving up morals for one victory, because victory is never forever. Ask King John. Disney had Prince John right when they made him a lion sucking his thumb on the throne in their animated Robin Hood. John had a lion-hearted brother and by comparison was not much to the Crusader, minstrel, and [Read More…]

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Nobody Is or Should Be the Natural

Some movies make me stop and watch them, even if I have seen them, maybe especially because I have seen them. One of those movies is The Natural with Robert Redford and Glenn Close. You could teach quite a few seminars on this Shakespearean comedy, it’s that profound, but it revolves around one truth: Nobody is good [Read More…]

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Not Wanting What is Good For Me (All’s Well That Ends Well)

There have been times in my life when what was best for me, obvious to everyone else, was not what I wanted: not at all. What about this? Plato argued that people always want to be happy, but that we do not always know what will make us happy. Being good will make us happy, [Read More…]

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No Place for Kingmakers (Henry VI, Part 3)

A sure way to spot a dysfunctional church, business, or organization is to look for kingmakers or would be kingmakers. The kingmaker is the man who makes the man: the person not out front, but who has the ‘real power.’ The kingmaker is the member of the elder board who thinks he really runs the [Read More…]

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Use our Liberty to Create Hope

Discouragement is always clever, but hope is always wise. Why? We live in God’s cosmos and God is in His Heaven. This does not mean all is right with the world in the sense that everything is good. We could make a long list of things that are not good in the world without even [Read More…]

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Don’t Pick Between the Useless Red Rose and the White Rose (Henry VI, Part 2)

We need more than piety in leadership. We need strength, competence, and piety. The combination of the three qualities is rare enough that most of us settle in our churches, businesses, and in government. In some religious organizations, saying the “leader meant well” is good enough to justify an inability to do what must be done. [Read More…]

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No Place Else to Go: A Jolly or a Deadly Monday

When there is no place else to go, that can be a bad thing, unless the place you are is with Jesus. During one point in His ministry, Jesus gave a hard teaching. Like any good teacher, He wanted his students to keep asking questions, to follow the argument where it led, and not to [Read More…]

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God’s Judgment Can’t Be Covered Up with Media (Henry VI, Part 1)

As we enter a Presidential election where a majority of Americans dislike both candidates, we should not fall for one myth. Good media cannot make a defeat a win or a saint a sinner. How do we know? If Shakespeare cannot make the French or a French hero look bad, then nobody can do it, [Read More…]

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