Christians, Non-Christians, and the “Fully Man” Problem with Jesus

If we Christians were a little more comfortable with Jesus being fully man, maybe we’d be a little more comfortable with ourselves. [Read more…]

Anyone Here Read German?

Anyone want to help me understand what’s being said about one of my books here? If not, just try and tell me that gazing unto the gleefully cherubic face of “Uber Mich” doesn’t make you feel … happy? Optimistic? Like you haven’t quite found the magical medical prescription for you yet? Uber Mich! You da man! [Read More…]

The Play’s the Thing

  Last night, at the San Diego Repertory Theater,  I had the almost disturbingly pleasurable pleasure of watching a reader’s theater presentation of my mini, two-person one-act play, Mankind: The Preview. Afterwards, the enthralled audience (I think they were enthralled; the tears in my eyes were keeping things fuzzy) asked me questions that would have [Read More…]

San Diego: Paradise, Up In Smoke

A dear friend of mine (hi, Steve — you dashing diva-maker, you) wrote to ask how I was doing, what with so much of the area in which I live being on fire, and all. “We east-coasters have no clue as to what you are going through,” wrote Steve. “God has you going through this for a reason, [Read More…]

San Diego Is On Fire

All figures updated as of 5 p.m. PST on Tuesday, Oct. 23 A follow-up blog–written today, Thursday, Oct. 25–is here. As you probably know, much of Southern California is burning. San Diego (where I live) sure is. The fire has so far consumed some 250,000 acres in the mountains and rural areas immediately east of the city proper. [Read More…]

John, Delayed

I’m not a Bible scholar. I’m not a seminary student or graduate. I used to work in a kitchen that served the resident teaching priests at a major Jesuit college, but I’m afraid I didn’t learn much there beyond that priests plus college students equals unending stream of exceptional gossip. I am also not a pastor, [Read More…]

Okay, I’m Back! But Just For This One!

Here’s a short story I’ve lately been goofing around with. It’s called: Fathers, Sons Once upon a time there was a little boy named Oscy McGee. Oscy thought his parents were geeks. He didn’t want to think that –but there it was. “Hey, Os!” said his dad, nudging him. “What say you and I go [Read More…]

Blog Burnout! Back October 8!

I seem to be suffering from Blog Burnout. Which makes sense, I guess: Over the last six months I’ve posted about 120 pieces here. So I’m gonna go persona non- bloggis until Monday, Oct. 8. See ya’ then! (Oh, I wanted to say. I would LOVE for anyone to go back and read some of the [Read More…]

Top 10 Qualities to Look for in a Wife

My wife and I recently celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary. If you’re a single guy thinking about getting married, might I suggest, based on my experience, that you marry a woman who possesses the following ten qualities? 1. So smart she constantly freaks you out with her humongous Absorb-O-Brain. Upside: Hanging around with a smart [Read More…]

Why Must Others Be Like Us?

Here’s a question: What is it within people that makes them so insane to have everyone else be as much like them as possible? What is that? Why do people care so much what other people do and think and believe? It’s easy enough for me, as a Christian, to say, “Well, the reason [we] [Read More…]