Glass Houses
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You shouldn’t throw stones at people who live in glass houses. I take no joy in observing the tribulations of Rev. Robert Schuller and his famous Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.   It isn’t really a cathedral, a term which is properly used for the official church residence of a bishop in a hierarchical church body like the Episcopal Church or Catholic Church. What it is is a daring architectural tour de force, taking advantage of Orange County’s legendary persistent... Read More
A Poem
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If you have read any of the previous, oh, hundred of these weekly blogs, you may have noticed a trend. There isn’t a lot of poetry. This is no accident. I have the soul of an accountant.   I am proud to present to you today four stanzas from a happy Time of Grace viewer. This week’s blog comes to you courtesy of a dear woman named Linda.  She wrote it to encourage me. I pass it on to you with... Read More
Phoenix
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All of us at Time of Grace are very proud to launch our newest major market—Phoenix, Arizona. We begin on the CBS station, KPHO Channel 5, on February 8.   I was privileged to be in Phoenix last week to help promote our presence there. Like all half-frozen Northerners, I just stood out in the sun at first and felt its healing rays start to thaw my stiff carcass. There’s Vitamin D in sunlight, right? I know I felt physically better... Read More
Change
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Another blue mailbox disappeared from my neighborhood this week.   No, I don’t think it was stolen by vandals. My guess it was stolen, er, removed by the United States Postal Service. In their own quiet way they were sending a message to those of us who live around here that we weren’t mailing enough first-class letters to make the stop worthwhile for the carriers. I wouldn’t mind it so much but it’s the fourth to go away; there’s only one... Read More
Inauguration
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What a great word, inauguration. It’s based on the word augur. No, not a big hand-powered drill bit for boring holes in wood or ice for ice fishing. Those are augers. The augurs were religious officials in ancient Rome who would choose lucky days for installation ceremonies into political office. They supposedly gained their mystical insights by observing the flight patterns of birds, or by studying the entrails of sacrificed animals. Washington these days is crawling with modern-day augurs who... Read More
Inaugural Prayer
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It seems that Rev. Rick Warren of the famed Saddleback Church is taking some criticism over being appointed to offer public prayer at the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. The LGBT wing of America is furious because he supported California’s Proposition 8 (which passed), amending the state’s constitution to define marriage as one male/one female. They think that because they worked so hard to get Obama elected, only pro-gay clergy should have been invited.   Others fear that Rev. Warren may... Read More
John the Baptist
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Well, it’s that time. Are you going to go through the exercise of making a list of New Year’s resolutions? Go for it! And may the Force be with you.   Alas, most resolutions aren’t worth the cocktail napkins they’re written on. They are casually assembled and just as casually forgotten. To save my life I couldn’t even remember mine from last year.   This is serious business, though. Overhauling your life is not an option for Christians. John the Baptist had... Read More
Integrity
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in·teg·ri·ty (in-tĕg-rĭ-tē) n. 1. Adherence to a code or standard of values; probity.  2. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.  < Latin integritas soundness < integer whole, complete.   Who minds the minders? Whom can you trust? Is anybody’s word any good? Is everybody out for himself these days? The AP reports on this brochure from Bernard (Made off) Madoff and his investment firm:  "Customers know that Bernard Madoff has a personal interest in maintaining the unblemished... Read More
Gay Marriage
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This has been a difficult year for anybody who could be called a social conservative.  California’s state Supreme Court made California the third state to legalize gay marriage (along with Connecticut and Massachusetts). In one of the anomalies of the November elections (in which liberal/progressives made great political gains), Californians also passed Proposition 8, which struck down same-sex marriage.   The new movie “Milk” (released last month) celebrates the life of martyred gay activist Harvey Milk, who was shot down along... Read More
Moody's
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It’s déjà vu all over again.     Remember Arthur Anderson? That huge accounting firm went under primarily because of conflicts of interest. They were doing business with the very companies that they were supposed to be auditing. In other words, they had a huge financial incentive not to tell the truth, especially any bad news, about the companies they were evaluating.   When you are ready to buy a house, you always want a building inspector to go through it first. But... Read More