“Moral Licensing” (You Need to Know About It)

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“Why wasn’t there a whole new generation of Barack Obamas?” It’s a question Audie Cornish asked Gwen Ifill during an NPR interview last week. A year after President Obama’s first election in 2008, Ifill wrote a compelling book: “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” The thesis of the book was that […]

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Let It Be

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I believe sometimes our loved ones visit us in dreams, after they are gone. This happened to me when I was about ten. Just after my grandfather Frankie died, I dreamed he drove down to Dallas in the 1965 Mustang that, in the waking world, would eventually become mine. He woke us up and gathered […]

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Bake for them two

Originally posted on Ten Thousand Places:
In Jesus’ time, the nation of Israel was under Roman rule. The Israelites were allowed to live there and practice their faith for the most part, but they had to pay taxes to Caesar and obey the Roman laws. To the Israelites, the Romans were evil and ungodly. They…

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That Moment When Magic Happens

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One of my favorite little movies of the past year was “Begin Again.” It’s a movie about music, songwriters, and music producing. For those of you in any of these fields, run out and see it now. Yes, it’s a Hollywood film. Yes, there’s a ton about it that’s really, really unrealistic. But it also […]

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Jesus Ruins Christmas

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A Christmas song from the great David Wilcox. Basically, what would happen if you imagined that Jesus’ entry into the Temple took place during, say, this very week during Christmastime, at a shopping mall near you. Same story, really. Same. Exact. Story. Which is what makes it brilliant. Listen here: Lyrics here. Available as a […]

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Anna Jarvis Had It Right

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Think Mother’s Day has become too commercial? Think the greeting card companies control too much? Think the florists and chocolatiers have become more important than the real meaning of the day? The founder of the modern Mother’s Day agreed with you. I’ve previously blogged about the first Mother’s Day, and how it was conceived as […]

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It’s Not Our Tent

This was the devotional at our Staff Parish Committee Meeting last night, offered by one of our great layfolks. An important word for all of us in the UMC, where ever we come down on the issue of “inclusion.” The word is: “It’s not our tent.” (Underlining by me.)   “ The desire to learn […]

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Music Sets the Mood

Have any doubts about how music can set the mood of a good movie?   Check it out…basically slightly different editing, but totally different music. And an all new “feel.”  

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