August 18, 2019

If you support this scripture: 1 Timothy 2:12-14 “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.” but not this scripture: 1 Timothy 6:1-2 “All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and… Read more

August 13, 2019

Imagine a scholar dedicating a lifetime of study to an ancient, Middle Eastern tradition. The ancient history and practices would be dissected and discussed, prodded and explored, all from the safety of thousands of miles and years away. Too many American Christians believe they are living the ancient tradition, while most aren’t even experiencing it vicariously through experts. They are little more than recreating shadows. • The Protestant Reformation came about, in part, because printing presses allowed for the wide… Read more

July 27, 2019

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver (1935-2019) Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her… Read more

July 18, 2019

I signed a contact with a publisher to publish my first novel. I’m thrilled, is what people say. I am thrilled. But on a deeper and much wider level, I remain pessimistic. As an actor, when I’m in a commercial or movie or TV show, during the first part of the shoot I expect to be fired and replaced, once they realize they’ve made a mistake. (It happens. Just ask Eric Stoltz.) It’s only after the production reaches a halfway… Read more

July 7, 2019

To be Christian— to believe in Jesus —means trying to be like Jesus, right? According to Merriam-Webster: By the most basic definition, a Christian follows Christ. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Dallas, recently criticized the Democratic Party as looking to an “imaginary God.”  A confidant of President Trump, Jeffress and others on the Christian Radical Right have asserted that Trump, a man with no understanding of Jesus whatsoever, is a Christian, while Democrats quoting scripture and affirming… Read more

June 30, 2019

Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez left El Salvador with dreams of giving his 23-month-old daughter Valeria a better life in the United States.  His journey ended on the bank of the Rio Grande when their lifeless bodies washed up on the Texas border. Their deaths were sadly similar to the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi,  who drowned in the Mediterranean on Sept. 2, 2015. Photos of his body on the beach symbolized the refugee crisis in Syria. Refugees aren’t generalities or… Read more

June 23, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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June 9, 2019

“Love is at the root of everything,” Mr. Rogers says at the beginning of the documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, “all learning, all relationships— love, or the lack of it. And what we see and hear on the screen is part of who we become.” To read a review of the documentary about Mr. Rogers, visit “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Follow the link below to buy the movie,     Read more

May 29, 2019

Franklin Graham is doubling down on supporting evil. Make no mistake Graham is on the side of evil when he supports Donald Trump. Donald Trump is far beyond the conservative politics of your grandfather’s Grand Old Party. He is undercutting the greatest allies of the United States economically and politically. Trump supports dictators and murderous despots. Trump policies systematically attack the civil rights of minorities and the marginalized. Trump policy demands a 17 year-old girl must deliver her rapist’s child… Read more

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