A Time To Laugh: a Reflection on Christianity, Humor, and The Cosby Show

I love The Cosby Show. Watching a familiar episode now is like eating comfort food on a cold, sad day. It never fails to bring a subtle nostalgic yearning for childhood and Thursday night ritual, comparing notes the next day at school. I smile at the phrases and words that reshaped the vocabulary of my generation—zerbert, obey-kabey, “push him out, shove him out, way out!” I also mourn the loss of innocence. At the risk of sounding like a prude, I wonder why things had to become shocking, crude, … [Read more...]

What I’m leaving behind

A friend of mine just posted this quote from on Twitter:"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."This is what I most want to remember in the coming year: My job is to please God.  And when I get out of the way and just follow His suggestions, it's not nearly as difficult as one would expect.  The doing part is (relatively) easy...it's the angsting about what to do (should I/shouldn't I, will they/won't they, what if...?) that's tough.  And G … [Read more...]