March 11, 2023

Here in the United States, America’s pastime is warming up again. Baseball’s ageless boys of summer are in spring training and opening day is coming. Easter is coming. Spring is coming. Summer is coming. I was reminded this week of a quote from the book, A Great and Glorious Game: Baseball Writings of A. Bartlett Giamatti. From “The Green Fields of the Mind” “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring,... Read more

February 22, 2023

NOTE: I have kept a journal for my daughter since before she was born. This is the entry from the day she met President Jimmy Carter. The journal entries are addressed to her in the future, when she’s reading about this day in her life. July 11, 2015 You met a president this morning, shortly before noon. You were dressed like this: When he walked through the store, surrounded by Secret Service agents, he waved to people and looked exactly... Read more

February 19, 2023

Detective John Munch has died. He was 78. Comedian Richard Belzer played Munch from the first episode of Homicide: Life on the Street in 1993, through eight other series, to his last episode of Law & Order: SVU in 2016. I spoke to Belzer during filming of the Homicide episode Identity Crisis, season 7, episode 19. The episode aired April 30, 1999, so we must have shot in late ’98 or early ’99. Belzer was number one on the call... Read more

January 24, 2023

This year Progressive Christians will continue their efforts to bring justice to the oppressed, to help heal the sick, and to provide comfort to widows, orphans, and strangers, just as they have for 2,000 years. They will instinctively gravitate towards individuals and institutions doing these things and they will continue to leave the organized church. The number of people self-identifying as Christian has declined steadily over the past decade. That downward trend will continue in 2023 as Protestant denominations hemorrhage... Read more

July 6, 2022

Another mass shooting and another angry, white man. Because mass shooters are nearly always angry, white men. In Angry White Men by Michael Kimmel, “Kimmel locates this increase in anger in the seismic economic, social and political shifts that have so transformed the American landscape,” According to Amazon, “Downward mobility, increased racial and gender equality, and a tenacious clinging to an anachronistic ideology of masculinity has left many men feeling betrayed and bewildered. Raised to expect unparalleled social and economic... Read more

May 22, 2022

Or else it’s for no one. Communion is for everyone. The presence of God found at the communion table is for everyone. To withhold communion is to withhold God. No one is in a position with the authority to withhold communion from anyone. Catholics are divided on withholding communion for American politicians who support legal abortions in the United States. The real divide among Christians is between those who think that there shouldn’t be any rules at all, and those... Read more

April 6, 2022

What’s the context of Jesus riding into the capital city? When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil. Do you remember the only miracle in all four Gospels? Jesus feeds hungry people. Jesus feeding the multitudes. We read the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 as a miracle of the five loaves and two fish. In the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of Mark, the men are gathered into groups of 50 and 100. This means nothing... Read more

April 3, 2022

Washington offers the Christian response Photo by wikipedia During his International Leadership Summit, Saturday, T.D. Jakes hosted a Master Class session with Denzel Washington, who briefly discussed Washington’s role in the immediate aftermath of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards. “Well, there’s a saying, ‘When the devil ignores you, then you know you’re doing something wrong,’” Smith said. “The devil goes, ‘Oh no, leave him alone, he’s my favorite.’ Conversely, when the devil comes at you,... Read more

April 2, 2022

Two shows, “Inventing Anna” and “The Dropout,” have at their cores the true stories of white, pretty, female con artists. Both women were tried and convicted of duping others out of enormous sums of money, based on little more than fanciful ideas. In “Inventing Anna” on Netflix, Julia Garner plays Anna Delvey a/k/a Anna Sorokin, who defrauded friends, banks and hotels out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Six weeks after her release from prison, Sorokin was taken into the... Read more

March 29, 2022

Luke 15:1-32 The Parable of the Lost Sheep 15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he... Read more

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