That Moment When Magic Happens

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

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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Of Voice and Verse

Originally posted on CrossRoads Faith and Film:
Although the genesis and perhaps lion’s share of credit for the power in this inspiring scene from “Dead Poets Society” belongs with screenwriter Tom Schulman, it is the understated yet determined passion in Robin Williams’s delivery that carries the power and meaning of the words through the mind…

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Anna Jarvis Had It Right

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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The Biblical Basis for the Rape-Marriage #UMC

Originally posted on The Thoughtful Pastor:
I just read this powerful, compelling, heart-rendering article reminding us that the horror of the Nigerian girls being abducted into these “rape-marriages” has a sound biblical basis. The author is correct. Here’s a short snippet from her piece: We must tell the truth that the bible says that fathers…

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Carrying the Cross and Dropping the Crowbar

Originally posted on CrossRoads Faith and Film:
One of my favorite scenes in the movie “Field of Dreams” is when Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, is trying to convince Terence Mann, played by James Earl Jones, to go with him to a Boston Red Sox baseball game. When Terence Mann shuts the door in…

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Live and Let Live Can Work

Dear Big Middle*, Sorry it’s been several weeks since my last installment of “Dear Big Middle” blogs. We’ve had a lot going on around here. These “Dear Big Middle” blogs are designed to speak to the large number of “moderate” United Methodists on specific same sex marriage issues. And the reason I have been delayed […]

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Beauty Is There Offering Itself

Beauty is there offering itself every day asking nothing not even that you notice the way the light shines through dry grass at sundown or the way shadows lay themselves across some arrangement of sandstone boulders or how the crisp air moves in and out as you climb an upward trail blue mountains to the […]

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