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Trump And The Debilitating Shame of Evangelicalism

As I continue to be confounded by the irrational and heretical support of Trump by Christians I have come to understand a few things: The average white evangelical male is filled with shame. They’ve been clobbered by hellfire and brimstone preachers, beaten by their Christian parents, lied to by charlatans such as Dobson, Robertson, and […]

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Trump’s Culture of Easy Religion

I was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister at the age of 21, over forty years ago. I served churches for more than three decades and as the Pastor of Arts on the executive staff of two of the largest and most influential mega-churches in the world for thirteen of those years. I have seen […]

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My Latest Watercolor: “Lady of Corbenic”

“Lady of Corbenic” 17″ x 28″ Handmade Watercolor Paper and Graphite For many years Lancelot drifted in a mysterious boat, in self-exile out on the open sea, and gradually his soul was lightened by the sweet foreshadowing of paradise, and his body nourished by nature. At last, in solitude, Lancelot found himself carried to a […]

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My Latest Watercolor “Agape”

Original Watercolor and Graphite  18″ x 24″ “They will know we are Christians by our love.” —Fr. Peter Scholtes

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“Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte

I have just encountered David Whyte (thanks to my friend Dave) on the Sam Harris podcast and then “On Being” podcast with Krista Tippett. His words touch me in my deepest places and I am now buying and devouring his books of poetry and words. This one. Oh, this one….   “Sweet Darkness” by David […]

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For Gina on Our Ninth Valentine’s Day

In a life misunderstood by most, the rarest of moments is when another gets you, like a rainbow’s end, like a moon tinted blue, like the green flash at sunset. How, you may ask, does she get me? She makes me feel something other than myself. Because even when quiet she makes me comfortable. She […]

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The Search for the Holy Grail

It is 4:38 am. The following thoughts woke me a few minutes ago. They have been roiling around my mind for a lifetime. But for some reason, they rose to the top of my thinking in the early hours of this new day, and I feel compelled to write them down. The book I am […]

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The Mantras of My Life

A mantra is not a slogan, a marketing ploy, or cliché. A mantra is a mystical formula of invocation. It is a guiding principle. Over the years, I have had many. It is a psychological study to observe how they change as your life unfolds. Some are original to me, some are not. Some were […]

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What Does Going Forward Look Like?

Writing my latest book, The Quest has proven an increasingly positive experience. In 2006 I walked off stage after forty years performing music. Unwittingly I embarked upon a mid-life quest for identity that has lasted fourteen years. That is a long time. My true identity was enmeshed and broken by four decades of religion, performance, […]

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Jesus is Dead

Religion without integrity is like a body without life. Christians have forsaken God for an ideology that promises easy solutions and black-and-white values. To do this they must have an enemy (i.e., deep state, media, Obama, lefties, Hilary) to hate since that allows them to avoid self-reflection. In 2016, Christianity aligned itself with the divisive, […]