Keeping it Real

The Odd Couple

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many part." -Poem by Shakespeare Believe it or not, that tow-headed 17 year old is me playing Oscar Madison in a 1971 production of The Odd Couple at Wilson High School of Long Beach, California. Continue Reading

The Same-Sex Wedding Invitation Debate

Gay Wedding

Lots of buzz lately about whether or not a Christian should attend a same-sex wedding ceremony. And as buzz goes, this one’s awfully relevant, as more and more believers are facing this practical, emotional choice: Accept the invitation although I don’t believe in same sex marriage, or decline and risk alienating someone I deeply love? And as the old song goes, Everybody’s Talkin’. Stephen Arterburn of New Life Ministries recently blogged at the Huffington Post that Jesus would definitely say yes to such an event, so we should go and do Continue Reading

Doing It Right

Happy Thanksgiving from Joe

“Bless the Lord oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” -Psalm 103:2 “Blow, blow thou winter wind”, Shakespeare said. “thou art not so unkind as Man’s ingratitude. Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky. Thou dost not bite so nigh as benefits forgot.” Continue Reading

Darts Among Friends

Othello relating his adventures

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. - Ephesians 5:16 In Shakespeare’s Othello the evil character Iago acts out his hatred for one man, and his contempt for people in general, by dividing. He whispers insinuations to Othello, then to his beloved wife Desdemona, and his caption Cassio as well, arousing suspicions between them as he manipulates each against the other. In the end, lives are lost and hearts are broken, all because people believed Iago’s lies and acted on Continue Reading

Weekend At The Movies

film

If you’re off to the movies this weekend you might consider Robert Redford’s new film “The Company You Keep.” Being at odds with Mr. Redford on virtually all things social and political, I went to the theater expecting a left wing sermon, especially considering the supporting cast of Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte and other notable Hollywood liberals. But I actually liked it so much I took my wife and son to see it with me for a second viewing, and it opened up a long and interesting family discussion on guilt, youthful zeal, Baby Boomers and Continue Reading

Doing It Right

Happy Thanksgiving from Joe

Every Thursday we’ll post something having to do with relationships and/or emotions. Hope it helps. — Doing It Right “Bless the Lord oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” -Psalm 103:2 “Blow, blow thou winter wind”, Shakespeare said. “Thou art not so unkind as Man’s ingratitude. Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky. Thou dost not bite so nigh as benefits forgot.” Not me. I want to do it right today, in five particular ways. Before all the hoopla starts, I will set aside time for focused prayer and genuine thanksgiving. Continue Reading

Darts Among Friends

Othello relating his adventures

Every Thursday I’ll post an article having to do with either relational or emotional matters. Hope it helps. — Darts Among Friends Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. - Ephesians 5:16 In Shakespeare’s Othello the evil character Iago acts out his hatred for one man, and his contempt for people in general, by dividing. He whispers insinuations to Othello, then to his beloved wife Desdemona, and his caption Cassio as well, arousing suspicions between them as he Continue Reading

Darts Among Friends

Othello relating his adventures

Every Thursday I’ll post an article having to do with either relational or emotional matters. Hope it helps. — Darts Among Friends Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. - Ephesians 5:16 In Shakespeare’s Othello the evil character Iago acts out his hatred for one man, and his contempt for people in general, by dividing. He whispers insinuations to Othello, then to his beloved wife Desdemona, and his caption Cassio as well, arousing suspicions between them as he Continue Reading

Doing It Right

Happy Thanksgiving from Joe

Every Thursday we’ll post something having to do with relationships and/or emotions. Hope it helps. — Doing It Right “Bless the Lord oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” -Psalm 103:2 “Blow, blow thou winter wind”, Shakespeare said. “Thou art not so unkind as Man’s ingratitude. Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky. Thou dost not bite so nigh as benefits forgot.” Not me. I want to do it right today, in five particular ways. Before all the hoopla starts, I will set aside time for focused prayer and genuine thanksgiving. Continue Reading

To Thine Own Self Be True – The Real You

The core of our faith is Jesus Christ. The expression of our faith is a life of service to Him.

Every Monday we post something about maintaining your sexual purity. To regular readers, please note that I apologize for my absence last week. My mother is seriously ill and I’ve been having to commute to her home to help out. So please excuse the delay in postings – we will stay on track from now on. --- The Real You “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, Thou can not then be false to any man." - Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ “I can’t help being who I am!”, my client screamed. We were in the middle of our third Continue Reading