MLK Day 2020

I wrote this article for our church blog to encourage participation at our MLK 2020 event. This is an expanded version. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. and was first honored as such on January 20, 1986. King’s actual birthday is January 15. […]

Happiness

Read the two articles linked below. One is a summary,the other is an in depth discussion of the following eight categories that the author (Roger Walsh) calls TLC’s (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes). I grew up in a culture that undervalued happiness. It wasn’t the highest virtue by any stretch, it paled comparison to “joy”, and was […]

We Are the Circus

“Without the circus he is just a lonely clown.”  – Bill Maher Trump is our President. We did this, and it is a reflection of us. At least a good part of us. And that is the rub. For those of us who don’t see “us” in him, this is a painful and reluctant realization. […]

Book Review: Junkyard Wisdom

Roy Goble is my friend. The first day I met him, I hated him. We met in 1977 as incoming freshman at Westmont College. He is a Giants fan; I bleed Dodger blue. One of the first things we did together was play catch. We have done a lot of things together since then and […]

Watch Mr. Robot

This has captured my attention, didn’t see many of the twists coming, has a technology spin, intelligent dialog. I have been watching Season 1 on Amazon Video (free with Prime account). One of my kids is watching it as well…don’t know which one.

No, They Don’t Happen in Threes.

Whenever famous people die it comes up. “Things happen in threes.” It is called “triaphilia” – an obsession with three. But, really, they don’t. Is it David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Glenn Frey? Or do we include: Clarence Reid, R&B Singer known as “Blowfly” Mic Gillette of Tower of Power Lemmy Dale “Buffin” Griffin Celine […]

Lost Phrases

There are natural changes that come in life, some are good and some are bad.    There are a few phrases that have gone out of vogue that need to make a comeback into our vocabulary: “That’s none of your business” Everything is now public, except of course what is done in Las Vegas…unless you […]

An Evangelical Papacy?

I just wanted to sit down, watch some football, read the last in the Hunger Games series and enjoy a Sunday evening. But the “evangelical leaders” (whoever they are) went and almost ruined my day.  Last night, just in time to make the announcement for Sunday morning, an anonymous group of “almost 170 conservative leaders” […]

Q & A: Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?

As a pastor I get lots of questions, here is one of the more interesting ones I have received lately: Hi Pastor Steve, I have a question I’m hoping you can help me with. What, if any, is your church’s opinion on birth control pills? I’ve been on the pill since we got married and […]