Jul 30, 2008

Comfortably numb.

Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.

-- Orson Welles

Is this how we sit through church and listen to Scripture? To recognize the quotations?

Probably more than we'd like to admit.

Jul 28, 2008

Some things are too important to go uncommented upon.

The Dallas Morning News
Dallas, Texas 75201

July 27, 2008

Dear Sirs and Madams,

As a native Dallasite, I have had to put up with my fellow Texan's taunts that Dallas was really a carpet-bagging Yankee city all my life. While I would often agree that Dallas' northern suburbs certainly had an Eastern tinge to them, I nonetheless defended the honor of my native city as a truly Texian enterprise.

Alas, I fear that I can no longer make that defense for the Dallas Morning News. Looking in the restaurant section of the Week-End Guide, I couldn't help but notice you have dropped the entries for barbecue restaurants. I saw listings for any number of cuisines that would be comfortable in, and native to, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago, but nothing for Texas' best and most popular native dish.

Even poor bbq is better than no bbq.

Sincerely yours,

P.M. Summer

Jul 26, 2008

Hoodlum fishers.

June Ann Summer, Harry Craig Summer, Paul Michael Summer (with the open mouth), and a string of sand bass and stripers from Lake Texoma, shown in "The Cabin" in 1956.

Jul 23, 2008

"The revelation of God denies that any religion is true. No religion can stand before the grace of God as true religion."

-- Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Vol. I

Jul 7, 2008

The Truth and the Good News.

"The truth isn't the truth until people believe you, and they can't believe you if they don't know what you're saying, and they can't know what you're saying if they don't listen to you, and they won't listen to you if you're not interesting, and you won't be interesting unless you say things imaginatively, originally, freshly."

-- Bill Bernbach

Jul 3, 2008

Noted former atheist George Carlin on religion.

How to be an effective Evangelist (Teller of the Good News):
  1. Watch the video (Rated R for Language).
  2. Agree with it (even where he's wrong, he's right).
  3. Explain to the people you meet how and why it differs from the Good News of Jesus Christ.