Thanksgiving/Black Friday Reminder…

Wouldn’t it be great if the shoppers saw this in the holiday windows? I’ve written many times about the paradox of these two days, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. My favorite quote on this paradox comes from my preacher friend, David Weber: “Americans stopped for awhile yesterday to give thanks for what they have, then rose […]

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Looking Back At the One Thing Worse: The Legacy of Prophetic Preaching

A Sermon Preached at Northaven United Methodist Church, Dallas Texas November 17, 2013 Audio Version of this Sermon: Here Original Bill Holmes sermon text from 1963: Here  “History Does Not Repeat Itself, but It Does Rhyme.” — Mark Twain Today, we take a special look back at one of the events that most changed our […]

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600

So, apparently this is my 600th blog entry. Yikes. That’s a whompin’ load ‘o writing. My blog’s title, of course, is a riff on the old EF Hutton ads that ran during the 70s and 80s. If you watched TV back then, you couldn’t help but see these ubiquitous commercials. Here’s one version… They repeated […]

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A New iTunes Single and Reflections on 50 Years

I’m pleased to announce that my song “Sitting In the Trade Hall (11.22.63)” (1) is now available on iTunes as a single. This song will eventually be on my new CD, whenever it’s finally done. But given that we’re a month-out from the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, I thought it was a good […]

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More Evidence that America’s "Mission Field" Future is Progressive

Several online friends sent this essay to me this week: Religious Progressives Predicted To Outnumber Conservatives, Survey Finds  It’s well worth the read, and cites data that comes from the Public Religion Research Institute. A few standout quotes: “With each generation, the popularity of religious conservatism has declined. Forty-seven percent of the Silent Generation (ages […]

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Keep Moving Forward. Don’t Look Back.

For ten years, Dennise and I have lived with the memory of one of the most terrifying journeys we ever took. It was a pre-GPS navigation world. It was a pre-digital-photography world too. But since we have both now, we recreated this journey the other day, such that we now have pictures to tell the […]

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A Tale of Two Women (Why I am Pro-Choice)

Although I blog about a lot of things, I’ve never written much about abortion or about why I am fundamentally “Pro-Choice.” But my friend Rev. Jim Rigby, a minister from Austin, asked yesterday for clergy who are Pro-Choice to sign their name to statement. I was please to stand with many other Texas clergy who […]

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Those Two

Twenty years ago today, at 4 pm, The Judge and me walked down the long aisle at Highland Park Methodist and said our wedding vows. As I knew would eventually be the case, I can’t consciously recall much about that day now, and so I’m mighty pleased to have the pictures. The first thing that […]

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Reframing Clergy, Clergy Spouses, and "Smokin’ Hot Wives"

Ordained ministry is not the only profession struggling with the role of women in leadership. Truthfully, I don’t know how we fare when set alongside other major professions. My hunch is, in some ways, the church is doing better than other professions. In other ways, probably far worse. These issues are difficult, of course, precisely […]

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A Pastoral Case for Christian Same Sex Marriage

This week, the Supreme Court takes up two important cases on the issue of same-sex marriage. The cases may, or may not, fundamentally change the legal understanding of marriage in our nation. Whether or not they do, decisions are not expected for months. (UPDATE 6/27/13: Yesterday, the Supreme Court came back with decisions in both […]

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