Midweek Sermon

Fatth & The Superhero

Faith & The Superhero: Two Sides of a Gilded Coin

Faith compels us to be better people. So do superheroes. Neither gods or superheroes can be proven to exist, but our society clings desperately to both

Old Man Talking

Rachel Held Evans On Sexual Abuse & Patriarchy In The Church

January 11, 2018 Midweek Sermon

Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) went on a Twitter rant in response to the standing ovation a Memphis megachurch pastor received after admitting he had sexually assaulted a teenager. Let’s be very clear from the beginning that I don’t know Rachel Held Evans. I know she has authored three books: Searching For Sunday, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and Faith Unraveled. She’s married, has a baby boy, and her online presence is carefully managed by her publisher. Honestly, she strikes meRead More

New bill introduced, president to resign

White House Announces Surveillance Program, Resignations

NOTICE: THIS IS SATIRE, NOT THE NEWS We know the headline grabbed your attention but we want to be extremely clear: what follows is satire, not the news. We want you to share the article, but please make sure everyone knows this is satire, not the news. There is enough of a problem with fake news without anyone adding to it. Nothing that follows is real, at least not when we wrote it. We do not have any control over what mayRead More

Does my relationship give you the creeps

Does My Relationship Give You The Creeps?

“If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.” –Actor Clint Eastwood to his wife, Dina Relationships are really big in the news rights now, specifically dysfunctional and largely illegal relationships. I hadn’t wanted to comment on any of the mess in Hollywood or New York or anywhere else because anything I might say one way or the other would just be noise. When the allegations against Alabama GOP Senate nominee, Roy Moore, surfaced last week, I rolled my eyes. We alreadyRead More

Naked Dining is the answer to gun violence

Naked Dining Might Solve Our Gun Violence Issues

November 8, 2017 Long Read, Midweek Sermon

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church went aisle to aisle looking for victims and shot crying babies at point-blank range, a couple who survived the attack said. [Source] Naked dining doesn’t sound like it has a damn thing to do with gun violence, does it? In fact, one might be inclined to think I’m setting up a satire piece or that I’m being intentionally facetious. Neither of those assumptions isRead More

better writing

Say It Loud, Say It Clear — Better Writing in the Age Of Abiding 

Entertain, don’t be afraid of a bit of filth, but be cautious with your XXXs – the essential guide to getting your message across while avoiding the pitfalls of communication Source: Don’t press send … The new rules for good writing in the 21st century Writing is an essential part of my life, the primary reason this website exists, and critical to how we all present ourselves online. While writing has always been a bit of a big deal forRead More

Redefining Holidays

Perhaps We Should Redefine American Holidays

October 12, 2017 Long Read, Midweek Sermon

e were shopping in our friendly neighborhood warehouse store yesterday and the Young Woman commented on the Christmas decorations that were already prevalent even before Halloween. Not that either of us was actually surprised. Holiday creep in store marketing has been a thing for decades as retailers try to extend what has traditionally been their most profitable season in hopes that profits will go up. While that tactic worked some 20 or so years ago when it first started, puttingRead More

protests don't always work

Distraction Destroys Even The Most Noble Protests

September 27, 2017 Midweek Sermon, Social Observation

People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up as far as, you know, giving freedom and justice and liberty to everybody. -Colin Kaepernick Much of the United States has seen one protest right after another for more than a year now. There was the protest over the contamination of tribal grounds at Standing Rock. There were protests around the presidential election. There was the Women’s March that filled the mall in Washington,Read More

charlie and the chocolate factory

Roald Dahl’s “Charlie” Was Supposed To Be Black

September 14, 2017 Long Read, Midweek Sermon, Video

“I don’t know why (it was changed). It’s a great pity.” Liccy Dahl, Roald Dahl’s widow There is so much about children’s literature that we love. We identify with the characters and sometimes even take on some of their traits. We look at how they solve the problems in their lives and much of how we respond to challenge is based off those characters. Even with all the videos and other media that children consume, there’s still nothing that holdsRead More

Huricane Dennis hits Key West

Abiding Guide To Being Chill Through A Hurricane

September 7, 2017 Midweek Sermon

“This [Hurricane Irma] could easily be the most costly storm in U.S. history, which is saying a lot considering what just happened two weeks ago.” -Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, alluding to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Everywhere you look, it seems, people are talking about the disruptive power of Hurricane Irma and its apparently inevitable landfall on Florida this weekend. Miami/Dade County officials have already issued a mandatory evacuation order. Hospitals in theRead More