Good-bye “Psych,” Good Luck Castle

Family favorite Psych has no new episodes having lasted about two years past its expiration date. The show starred a psychic detective who was a detective, but not a psychic and his partner Gus, a rare character who spoke Evangelical dialectic. The show gained tension from the romance between Jules and Sean (the not psychic) and humor [Read More...]

The Worst Evangelical Blog Post Ever? A Raw, Authentic, Vulnerable Attempt to Write It.

Authenticity* is hard, requiring vulnerability, openness, and an acceptance of the fact that we are all on a journey made up of unfulfilled dreams, dreams often inauthentic to who we would be if we could each just be the me God made me to be. To be authentic is to rip away the Band-Aids of [Read More...]

Canaanite Prize: Who will win this year?

Noah is in the news. He is famous for his ark and the grace he found in the eyes of the Lord, but his struggle with drunken behavior is less well known. A man who saw the world before the Flood destroyed it evidently could not face life in the wreckage and so he drank, [Read More...]

O the Bliss!

One of the most popular songs in American history has the following line: “My sin, O the bliss of this glorious thought, my sin not in part but the whole is nailed to the Cross and I bear it no more . . .” Americans no longer get to the end of the line. We [Read More...]

The Achilles Challenge

The great warrior Achilles was given a choice: live long or live gloriously. He made a choice many heroes make and lived an intense, but short life. Others, safer souls, would choose differently, but Achilles very nature demanded an extreme life. We are, none of us, going to live forever and no matter what I [Read More...]

“Because of the Music”

Our most excellent friends sing for one of Southern California’s best churches, but are often disheartened to hear this: “I only come because of the music.” If you knew how good they were, then you would understand the sentiment, but also why the “compliment” distresses them. Beauty, especially musical beauty, is a great power in [Read More...]

I have a dream!

Unless you are Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., you should avoid using “I have a dream” in your life. Like “fourscore and seven years ago” or anything Churchill ever said, King owns the phrase. He also had the wit and wisdom to avoid misusing his dreaming. KIng’s goal of racial reconciliation, still not achieved, is [Read More...]

Three Full Cheers for Rural Pastors!

As the son of a pastor, the grandson of a deacon, and the great-grandson of a pastor, I have known more than one minister in my fifty years. I have met pastors that were hateful, hurting, and hypocritical, but the vast majority have been heroic in their sacrifice for their congregations. I am not, of [Read More...]

At Least Two Cheers for American Protestants!

I could just say: “Read this magnificent post.” but being long-winded I cannot. American Protestants, especially Evangelicals, are not loved by “outsiders.” Nobody writes romance novels about them the way they do about the Amish. Nobody thinks they have cool hair, the way they admire Orthodox beards. No movie like the “Bells of Saint Mary’s” [Read More...]

Monty Python: Five TV Shows That Mattered (V)

It was funny once. If you are my age and had a bad case of Anglophilia combined with warped humor, then late night PBS introduced you to the lads: the comedy team called Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Televised comedy when I was a kid was not funny. I was too late for the best of [Read More...]


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