Black Lives Matter

If you are a Christian, black lives matter. “But wait,” we start to say, “Don’t. . . ” Stop. Think about it. Don’t say it. This last weekend marked the anniversary of Emmett Till’s murder for the “crime” of daring to flirt with a white woman. This was a mere sixty years ago.  Look at this [Read More…]

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A Pillar in the Heart of Our School: Saint Elizabeth, New Martyr . . What if you lose?

She was intelligent, capable, beautiful and born into a position to use all her great gifts. She was murdered by being thrown into a mine shaft, her body damaged by grenades, and left to die of exposure. It was a long way down to the bottom of that shaft for a princess. She got there [Read More…]

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You Can Justify Almost Anything if You Like the Person

Brunhilde Pomsel worked for a man who was very nice in the office. If you heard him speak, however, he would act as if he were angry and bad. You had to know him to see what a clean, upstanding man he really was. There were two of him: the man with the manicured hands [Read More…]

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Not Even for the Pastor’s Kid: Equality Under the Law

When I was a boy, I was sitting next to the collection plate during Sunday Service. Sadly, that day a normal offering went missing and I was the last person seen near the money. Dad was a pastor and a man of great integrity. When he heard the news, he brought me into his office [Read More…]

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Taming Me (Taming of the Shrew)

Shakespeare was not infallible and The Taming of the Shrew is full of his limitations. Just as his biology was flawed, so his view of women was often wrong. He was not limited by his Christianity as much as by defects in a culture that was imperfectly Christian: a society based on muscle power will [Read More…]

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The Jolly Jokes of Virtue (Merry Wives)

The wages of virtue is jollification. This isn’t obvious, because we sometimes confuse not sinning with virtue. No manikin has ever sinned outside The Twilight Zone, but no dummy has virtue either. Goodness is beautiful and beauty is fun. Obviously, a church whose symbol is a cross and who experiences martyrdom warns that things do not [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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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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