Monthly Archives: September 2014


Yes, this is what he really looked liked.
Here is some wisdom from the man who could be rather annoying with his endless questions: “I did not care for the things most people care about: making money, having a comfortable home…” (Socrates, Quoted in Apology by Plato)


It’s an interesting picture if you know anything of the history between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal.
It was my great pleasure to interview Buckley for a PBS special.  I have also interviewed many writers, leaders, and thinkers on radio, and via text.  Here are a few, important tips for the person who wants to review books and/or interview:

If there is a book involved, make sure to read it carefully.  Many authors thanked me for doing so over the years.  During my years doing radio authors remarked how rare this was in their experience.

Do loads of preparation like background, go down rabbit trails, etc.

Draw out the most fascinating details which would make the reader want to buy book.

Don’t draw out too much that makes the reader feel they don’t need to read the book!


I was speaking with my dad the other night.  I typically call him on Sundays, but this past Sunday was special.  Dad was celebrating his eighty-ninth birthday.  He continues to lead a full life with ministry to the poor and enjoys many, wonderful friendships.
We got talking about a prayer he recently wrote on the evil of terrorism.  Dad mentioned that the word evil is being used more by journalists.  Good thing, but evil is typically used to describe the wrong we have done to another human being.  Sin, on the other hand, reminds us of what we have done against God.  It reminds us that our vertical relationship is primary.
We can really celebrate when newscasters begin to use the “S” word!


Rita Pierson

TED is short for Technology, Entertainment, and Design.  TED provides short and creative talks by various leaders in their respective fields.  

Rita Pierson, pictured above, taught public school for forty years. She recently died, but left a terrific seven minute speech at TED:


Brian McLaren is a clever and capable guy.  He seems reasonable.  He has an almost avuncular disposition which draws people in to consider what he has to say.

Unfortunately, Brian seems bent on speculating and is content to discard what the church has believed over its many years.  Notice how effortlessly he asks us to forget about how an important passage has been understood by most people and “step back from the traditional interpretation.”

Brian may want us to appreciate the scandal of the cross, but tragically his speculation undermines the stumbling block of Jesus.  Yes, Jesus calls us to love the “other,” but we are not free to make up what that looks like.  Staying tethered to what has been handed down through the centuries (what tradition is) is what gives us our marching orders.  

Speculation rather than God’s revelation may seem sexy, but it is emblematic of our culture’s ethos and not the “faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”