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Let’s All Go to the Movies … or Not

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Speaking of decline, fewer people are going to the movies than in years past. Some people blame this on the quality of movies produced (“Nothing but sequels and remakes! Doesn’t Hollywood have any original ideas?”). This may be a factor, but if you look back at Hollywood’s glory years, you’ll find that they produced some… Read more »

Political Debates are Lousy Theater

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Watching the political debates, what little I could stomach, anyway, made me think about what I knew was coming: – Everyone who already supported him was going to say he won. – Everyone who already supported her would say she won. – Almost no minds would be changed. – The media would spin it the… Read more »

God said, “No.”

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I had always wanted to be a writer, practically from the first time I learned that one could take those letters we were being taught and shape them into words, which could be gathered together into sentences with which to create stories someone would want to read. So I wrote and I wrote and I… Read more »

Why I Prefer the Prequels to Episode 7

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OK, I know my title is already causing some readers to object and/or question my sanity. I realized that when I wrote it. I didn’t want to write some cutesy blog where-in I bury the lead somewhere near the bottom. So, just in case there’s some doubt, let me assure you that:  –yes, I really… Read more »

Can There Be “Christian Science Fiction”?

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The old trope says there’s no such thing as a dumb question, but obviously that’s not true.  Questions like the above and “Will government intervention actually lower the cost of college (or anything)?” are patently stupid questions. Yet, we ask them often, mainly in the hopes of starting an argument.  I mean, that has to… Read more »

What Was the “Reason for the Season”, Again?

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Fill in the blank, “__________ is the reason for the season.” We’ve been conditioned by lapel pins, T-shirts and bumper stickers to say that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” But what if that’s wrong? Now, it came about because people who celebrate Christmas as the birth of Christ perceived that the holiday was… Read more »

If Your Church Went Away

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I have gotten in the past an advertisement that begins with a question like, “What if your church went away, would anyone notice?”  The implication is that my church is so inconsequential that no one would.  Therefore, I need to buy their product (or program or whatever) which will revitalize my church so that my… Read more »

Hymns vs. Choruses

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            (or, how about a good old-fashioned Gregorian chant?)   “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”             ~Sir Isaac Newton   Or, possibly, Sir Fig Newton.  Or maybe Jimmy Neutron. Anyway, someone said it and life since then tells us they were either very right or highly… Read more »

Is the Church Relevant

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The little churches are declining.  The big churches are, often, getting bigger.  Now, in the little churches, we often complain that we’re getting smaller because the big churches are getting bigger. But I’ve looked at the numbers—at least in our town and other towns I’ve been in—and the statement doesn’t hold true.  Yes, the little… Read more »