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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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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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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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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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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Measure for Measure: Aspire to be Good, but We Are Not (Jesus, Shakespeare)

Jesus was a very smart and wise man and when we have a chance to see Him influencing the greatest writer in the English language and an astute political philosopher, we had better pay attention. Americans wobble between harsh moral judgments or an inability to make any moral distinctions. Try stating “Bruce Jenner is a [Read More…]

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Once You Have a Mess, It Just Gets Messier (Richard III)

When the leaders are bad, things get to be a mess, and when things are a mess, worse most often follows. The trouble is that in the middle of a mess, the very leaders who got you into the mess will blame someone, usually one of their number, and make the mess worse. It will all [Read More…]

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Have a Galilee Moment: Jesus is Here as He Always Has Been

Father Richard preached up a storm today . . . and reminded us all (Saint Paul’s!) that we need to have a “Galilee moment.” Jesus began His ministry in Galilee and when He rose from the dead He returned. Some of the disciples had received the call to follow Jesus there and they ate breakfast with [Read More…]

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Don’t Condemn Percy: Problems Often Aren’t, Especially People

One joy of moving into a new office is seeing old stuff in new ways. I am ashamed at the number of items I thought worked poorly that it turned out had been put together incorrectly, were being used improperly, or that were just broken and needing to be replaced. My favorite example is Percy, [Read More…]

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