Unmasked in Marriage

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Damn you! You little prying Pandora! You little demon - is this what you wanted to see? Curse you, you little lying Delilah! You little viper Now you cannot ever be free! -The Phantom once he's unmasked, from Lloyd-Webber's 'Phantom of the Opera' Continue Reading

‘American Sniper’ Lives Up to Its Buzz

American Sniper

Rolling Stone magazine said it takes a bite out of you, and that pretty well sums it up. American Sniper  isn’t a film you’ll enjoy, but it’s one you can respect, even if you do leave the theater feeling maimed. The greatest overall compliment I’d give director Clint Eastwood is that he simply pulled the curtain back to show us a brave man on a brutal journey – no sermons from the left or the right; just a stark portrait which you can approve or condemn. Eastwood reports, you decide. Continue Reading

Scars, Resilience, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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“For the victory to be won some of us will have to get scarred a bit.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today we recognize a man and his legacy, and I'm happy to honor both. Continue Reading

The Irrational Bible

Irrational Bible

"I have no more ability to believe --- that the first people on earth were a couple named Adam and Eve that lived 6,000 years ago. I have no ability to believe that there was a flood that covered all the highest mountains of the world only 4,000 years ago and that all of the animal species that exist today are here because they were carried on an arc ---” -Christian musician Michael Gungor  To me, one of the scariest trends in modern Christian thinking is the notion that it’s less important what you believe, and more important how you believe Continue Reading

Of Fruits and Factories

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Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. -John 15:8  There’s what I do, then there’s what I am. Continue Reading

Unboxed

Unboxed

   I like boxes; I love being boxed in. Clear definitions, unmistakable boundaries, everything nice and neat, that’s for me. I thrive on routine, and whereas predictability bores some, it delights me. Given the choice, I’d wear the same uniform daily, keep the same hours, do the same thing. So when God shoves me out of my box, I go kicking and screaming all the way. Continue Reading

Lessons from “A Christmas Carol” Part Three: The Director’s Cut

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This is Part Three of a five part series we're doing on lessons we can still glean from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus! Why show me this, if I am past all hope?  - A Christmas Carol When a DVD comes out labeled “Director’s Cut”, then you’ve got me. Because of all the things in a good film I appreciate, my loudest kudos go to the Director who brings it all together. It’s his Continue Reading