Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Jul 14

I don’t know how else to begin this than with my confession:  I’m racist. I really wish that I could tap into your mind right now and see what images and thoughts are going on in there.  Some readers may think I’m joking, that this is some kind of stunt.  It isn’t.  Some readers are going to think that this is some kind of liberal progressivism where it’s trendy to say you’re...

Pi

Pi

May 09

A dear friend of mine emailed me to let me know that the number we call “Pi” has been updated to the 10 Trillionth decimal place, meaning that “3.14 is just a PIECE of Pi.”  I find puns like this highly entertaining and I’m grateful for my friends who share that sense of humor.  Not even a week ago, another friend of mine shared the ringtone on his phone, which was essentially someone...

One nation: a parable of sorts

One nation: a parable of sorts

May 06

Once upon a time there was a nation ruled by two gangs.  Power kept shifting between the two gangs with one being in control for a while only to be overthrown by the other after a time.  The people of the nation had accepted this and even actively participated in trying to keep their favorite gang in control.  The people “voted” by giving wooden clubs to the members of their favorite...

The Better Way

The Better Way

Apr 19

Once upon a time, an important man learned he had a terrible disease.  There were no physicians that could cure him, no medicine that could make him well.  In desperation, he consulted with a holy man.  The holy man told the diseased man to go bathe in the river seven times and that his disease would be cured.  Immediately, the diseased man began to argue, “Why that river?  It’s...

Puzzle pieces

Puzzle pieces

Mar 31

God’s work is often like a jigsaw puzzle – it has a lot of pieces and they all come together to form something amazing. You are probably holding one of the pieces. I’m writing this because I got to see how a few pieces fit together today.  I’m writing because there are some people who are affected and I want to share my pieces with them.  I’m writing because I’m in awe and I hope...

The importance of Easter

The importance of Easter

Mar 28

As children, many of us played a game called “Follow the Leader.”  The game was quite simple – whatever the leader did, you also did.  If the leader hopped on one leg, so did you.  If the leader did a dance, you danced the same way.  The game usually lasted until the leader did something you weren’t willing to do. Jesus tells us, “Follow me.”  Like our game of “Follow the...

The Game

The Game

Mar 01

You have a set of beliefs about the world, about religion, and about politics.  Now, let’s assume that you are a rational, thinking human being.  Your beliefs and opinions are not random but have in fact been shaped by your life experiences, by people who have mentored you, by things you have seen, read, or heard.  You have a reason for believing what you believe, for having the opinions...

Screenplay Ideas

Screenplay Ideas

Feb 12

I have a suspicion that many movies and TV shows had titles before they actually had plots.  I’ve noticed a couple of patterns that I believe explain how this comes about.  In these examples, I think you’ll see how someone could start with a title and then stumble their way into a plot.  I thought I would explain the two patterns and then offer some suggestions for future producers...