A Rock Hammer, Not Resolutions

One of my favorite films is “The Shawshank Redemption.” And as the year “turns,” I am thinking about that film, about its lead character, and about a concept I write about almost every year at this time: “Resolve to Not Resolve.” The film was based on the short story by Stephen King, called “Rita Hayworth […]

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Christmas Message, 2018

One of the things I have always dearly loved about our East Dallas neighborhood is how it’s a beautiful and somewhat chaotic mix of all kinds of people living together in one place. It’s folks from all walks of life *choosing* to live next to those who are quite different from them. One minute, you’ll […]

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In-CAR-Nation Talk with Me and Wes Magruder

So, this happened… Wes Magruder invited me to be his guest on his “In-CAR-Nation Talk” show…a shameless rip off of both Jerry Seinfeld and James Cordon, where-in we drive around my East Dallas neighborhood, and talk Christmas and Incarnational Theology. It was pretty humorous and pretty fun, and we got to talk about one one […]

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Pass It On

“It only takes a spark To get a fire going And soon all those around Can warm up in its glowing That’s how it is with God’s love Once you’ve experienced it You spread His love to ev’ryone You want to pass it on” — Kurt Kaiser The early history of me and the guitar […]

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A Small Moment of Peace

Last night, I had this brief moment of peace and beauty that has stayed with me through this morning. I was walking through the sideyard, past the wood pile, crunching down the decompressed granite path, a large bag of birdseed hoisted over my shoulder. As I refilled the backyard feeders, I could feel the crisp, […]

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More on Moral Licensing

I want to circle back around to the concept of “Moral Licensing” and what’s happening in our world. While I’ve said a lot the past few days, I probably didn’t have the laser-focus I could have in what I said. So, a bit more….and first, some rapid-fire facts….things that cannot, or should not, be disputed […]

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Enemy-Making in a Time of Peace

If I had one book that I could force everyone in the world to read (and I know that I cannot…) it would be Sam Keen’s “Faces of the Enemy.” Besides the Bible, it’s hard to name a single book that has had a more profound impact on my life. I reread it often. I […]

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Frank Sinatra’s Eyes

A little more than a year ago, some social justice friends invited me to offer a prayer from our United Methodist tradition at a protest. The protest was outside the corporate offices of a company involved in the Keystone Pipeline. I was happy to go, and offer prayer. But at the end of the protest, […]

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“A Red Letter Day”

I got a birthday present for all y’all today. Yes, today is my birthday. Yes, it’s the most awesome birthday on the calendar. September 21st is shared with amazing people like Bill Murray, HG Wells, and Leonard Cohen. It’s also the International Day of Peace, often the Fall Equinox, and the basis of the bitchin’ […]

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Justice for Botham Jean

Yesterday, United Methodist clergy from all over North Texas gathered to call for justice for Botham Jean. I share some of my own thoughts on the case here.

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