Help Stop Outrage Addiction

We all know there is an opioid addiction epidemic plaguing our country. An epidemic that is far too serious and complicated a problem to fix in a blog post. However, there is another epidemic sweeping the country (if not the entire world) that can easily be addressed is five simple steps. I'm referring, of course, to our growing addiction to outrage. It seems there is nothing that America loves more than to ...

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Could Hasan Minaj be our secret weapon against racism?

You might know him from his brilliant speech at the White House Correspondents dinner or from his reports and commentaries on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, but Hasan Minaj's new stand-up special, Homecoming King,  on Netflix is about the best thing I've seen on television this year...and I watch a lot of tv. He is able to mix brutal honesty, gut-wrenching personal testimony and side-splitting humor about the immigrant experience and ...

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My Three Take-Aways from Last Night’s Tony Awards

I have a theater kid, so Tony Sunday is like Super Bowl Sunday at our house. Snacks are gathered. Predictions are made.  There are cheers and few jeers, but (unlike the Super Bowl) in end, everyone (at least those who are watching) feels like your team won. There were three themes that emerged from last night's awards for me. My take-aways are not startling revelations, but reminders of things I already ...

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13 Thoughts About 13 Reasons Why

In the series (based on the book) 13 Reasons Why, Hannah Baker takes her own life (this is not a spoiler. you learn it within the first few seconds of the series) and leaves behind 13 tapes that each tell why a certain person played a role in her life ending in suicide. My daugther read the book about a year ago and after watching the series, she insisted that I ...

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Why Ghostbusters Has Me Wearing My Clergy Collar

I've never been big on the clergy collar. When I first started in ministry, the blouses they made for women clergy were uncomfortable and unflattering, so I pretty much dismissed them. But now there are companies like Clergy Image, Women's Spirit and House of Ilona that make comfortable, stylish options so you don't feel like you're just trying to make a man's shirt work for you. So about a year ago, I ...

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Does Lucifer Have Something to Say to Christians?

I get it. It is really irritating that Christians (particularly clergy) rarely show up on television, even in places like emergency rooms or disasters sites where (in real life) clergy can always be found. (Yeah, I'm talking to you Shonda Rhimes and Dick Wolf.) When Christian characters do show up on television at all, they are either buffoons, predators or overbearing, judgmental haters. To add insult to the injury of the poor portrayal ...

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