God’s Story

This past Sunday, “The Bible” miniseries premiered on The History Channel and, lo, it was good, drawing in 13.1 million viewers. The numbers were powerful enough to smote the competition on all the major broadcast networks and become cable’s most-watched entertainment telecast this year. The creators of the 10-hour series, which will culminate on...

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A Cliburn Lesson in Character

Van Cliburn, the celebrated concert pianist who lived in my hometown of Fort Worth, TX, died Wednesday morning at the age of 78. When I was still in diapers, Van Cliburn took the music world by storm by capturing the first-place prize at the first Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. The lanky,...

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Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign

This past Tuesday was the 540th birthday of Nicolas Copernicus, who discovered that we are not at the center of the universe. The Polish astronomer put forth a heliocentric model that had the Earth revolving around the sun–not the other way around. So important were his theories that Google dedicated an...

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Gone Fishin’

  This Sunday, February 24, I will debut a One Man Show program entitled “Sea Change.” It’s a new drama or, more accurately, a series of dramatic vignettes set in a Lenten worship service. The vignettes are delivered by Peter the fisherman, who traces his relationship with Jesus from call to...

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An Invitation from the Divine Lover

  It’s a small town – one of those kinds of towns people make jokes about. You’ve heard ‘em – “that town is so small that when you dial the wrong number, the person on the other end gives you the right number. It’s so small that there’s no place...

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Come, Darkness of Lent

With Ash Wednesday, the shadowy journey of Lent has begun. Lent is a season that doesn’t bring warm fuzzies like Christmas or Easter. You’re not going to find a Hallmark card wishing you an Awesome Ash Wednesday or a Luscious Lent. It’s 40 days of dust, ashes, temptation, self-denial, gloom,...

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An Unfriendly Tip

An unfriendly tip has inspired me to give you a friendly tip: don’t complain about tipping or it may go viral. Pastor Alois Bell found this out the hard way. Recently dining at a St. Louis-area Applebee’s with friends, she got a little hot under the collar when an 18% automatic...

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Walk Lighter

I suppose when you think of plays that carry a spiritual punch, Footloose the Musical doesn’t pop into your mind. I felt the same way–and then I was cast in the role of Rev. Shaw Moore at the Artisan Center Theater in Hurst, TX, the role that John Lithgow made...

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Oh, The Places You’ll Grow!

This is a message for all the people in my life who are struggling right now. Colleagues with cancer, friends with ailing parents, “baby mamas” who have been ditched. Reading this won’t solve all your problems, but I hope it will remind you that God can be found in the...

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Lord, Reveal To Us Your Glory

I have always been captivated by the sky and space. When I was a kid, I pored over a Golden Nature Book simply entitled Stars, with a picture of Saturn on the cover, a comet whizzing overhead. When I was 12, I requested a telescope for Christmas. It was a...

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