Black history, black excellence

Posted on 05 Feb 2016 at 7:50am

Make change happen instead of being a line-item on someone else’s agenda   So. It is Black History Month, right? Do you care? Should I care? There is constant debate among white people — and even black people — about the need for a Black History Month. As someone who studies the lives of black [...]

Calling out Creating Change protesters

Posted on 29 Jan 2016 at 7:40am

‘Rally’ outside event for A Wider Bridge was insensitive and anti-Semitic When I was a boy of 13, my grandmother took me to my first civil-rights demonstration to teach me about racism and social justice. She knew those issues well: Much of our family fled from the pogroms in Russia; others in our family perished [...]

Liberty Ridge Farm: Faith or discrimination?

Posted on 22 Jan 2016 at 7:55am

  While I’ve never been there in person, Liberty Ridge Farm looks like a beautiful place, based on the photos on their website — lush green grass, handsome horses and goats, a rainbow of various flowers, hearty corn stalks taller than your head. It’s the kind of place a couple looking to get married might [...]

David Bowie allowed you to be gay

Posted on 11 Jan 2016 at 6:40pm

David Bowie dying is like acknowledging the death of the 20th century, and the man who created it has left it, left us, in ruins.

Prognosticating

Posted on 01 Jan 2016 at 7:25am

Some ‘visions’ of the possibilities of 2016   As the New Year approaches, it’s tempting to look back at the past and recount the events that made 2015 what it was. For me 2015 was not a bad year — if you take out the whole heart attack thing and seeing several friends pass on, [...]

Trump’s no savior

Posted on 28 Dec 2015 at 9:39am

Playing at politician, candidate has adopted an old — and dangerous — trick   There is a technique politicians have used over time to gain favor from the masses, and it’s pure evil and morally bankrupt. It can also be lethal. It’s called the Karpman Drama Triangle. Here’s the gist of it: You, the politician, [...]

Ted Cruz, Dred Scott and the War on Christians

Posted on 11 Dec 2015 at 7:40am

The Dred Scott decision, you guys. Have you heard of it? Because it’s kind of famous. Basically this guy, Dred Scott, sued for his freedom because he didn’t want to be a slave any more and he wanted to be treated like a human being and stuff. Fair enough! But the Supreme Court was all, [...]

Before ‘Philadelphia:’ Landmark TV movie ‘An Early Frost’ marks 30th anniversary

Posted on 30 Nov 2015 at 9:09am

Before ‘Philadelphia:’ Landmark TV movie ‘An Early Frost’ marks 30th anniversary

Step right up!

Posted on 25 Nov 2015 at 12:05pm

GOP presidential race NOT the greatest show on earth, but certainly has its share of clowns I have held my tongue regarding the current slate of Republicans running for their party’s presidential nomination. I have held my tongue as I watched more than a dozen “candidates” jockey for position, each trying to move further right [...]

Despite concern from SMU professor, Jeffress is no longer a media darling

Posted on 24 Nov 2015 at 10:05am

An opinion piece in the Dallas Morning News today about our favorite Dallas pastor and Fox News commentator, Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church. The article, “SMU religion professor: ‘Hate speech’ coming from First Baptist’s Jeffress will hurt Dallas,” centers on comments by Robert Hunt, director of global theological education at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology and the director of its Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies.