Two different audiences, one year apart: the privlege of speaking to pro-life students

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Imagine a world where the precious life of an unborn child is cherished; imagine a world without abortion.  My friend Kristan Hawkins does that all the time.  She’s the director of Students for Life of America here in Washington, DC and the mind behind the Students for Life of America Conference that happens annually around the March for Life.  While the March for Life has drawn nearly a million people in recent years to the National Mall in Washington to stand for the unborn, this conference draws 2,000 pro-life student activists to hear from luminaries in the pro-life movement.

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What is Courage?

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Wolverine, Selina Kyle, and Les Miserables

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I never thought I’d actually go to a movie, that’s a musical, that has Wolverine and Selina Kyle singing.

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The Dark Knight, The Red Hood, and the Clown Prince of Crime: Romans at work in Gotham?

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Half a lifetime ago, as I was lying helpless and worn in a hospital bed, my best friend sent the best get-well card I’ve ever been given.  On it’s front was Luke Skywalker arguing with his uncle, Owen Lars, about doing chores around the moisture farm; first amongst them cleaning up “Bantha poodoo”.  Inside the card simply said “even heroes have bad days”.  As “hero” culture has shown countless times, even amongst the best, hard and difficult things happen…even to heroes like Batman.  In late 1988 the Batman story took a dark and stark turn with the death of Jason Todd (a.k.a Robin II), something the folks at DC Comics actually let the fans vote on.  Simply put, Jason was murdered in cold-blood by the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker.

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Another “real-life” episode of Touch

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Previously, I’ve written multiple times of different real life experiences that feel like I am living the television show Touch, that’s  broadcast on FOX. (Surprisingly, it hasn’t been cancelled yet as FOX has a tendency to be the death knell for intelligent television with previous casualties such as Firefly, Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Dollhouse being axed).  A few weeks ago, I felt as if I was once again living that television show.

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Governing is Hard: Part II

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 Shortly after the election last month I mused about the nature of governing in light of the election results and the reality of the “fiscal cliff” that was speedily approaching.  Now, with just days until the new year deadline and a new Congress, we’re speeding toward it faster than a young James Kirk speeding toward the precipice in his uncle’s stolen hot-rod in the Star Trek reboot.  In the first part, I focused on the fact that getting elected is easy, it’s actually governing well that’s difficult.  How does one (or a group) govern well and get things done is an era of hyper-partisan gridlock?

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Lightsaber Lost

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Hindsight is 20/20, right?  At least that is what people are sometimes told when they make a mistake or pass up an opportunity and those around them have little else to say to assuage the emotional aftermath.  In this case, hindsight makes me wish I had “Force Sight” from a number of the Star Wars games.

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When Star Wars Points to Jesus

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It’s not every day that someone is asking you to make a connection between the Star Wars Saga and the Gospel, but every few seasons of moisture farm harvesting it happens.

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and Shriner’s Hospital

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As part of a recent sermon at National Community Church, a music video of the worship band singing O Come, O Come Emmanuel was screened.  The video, filmed in the cold of night at a barn in Virginia, was the genius of my friend Andy Piscotti who did all the video work for my “story video” that was part of the One Another series.  This Christmas song, along with “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, is the song that has me convinced that time travel – at least backwards – is possible without the aid of a TARDIS, a Delorian, or technology built by Skynet.    Instead of being fully present in a church lobby as the video played, I was in a bed from a long time ago, in a hospital far far away.

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Defining “Success” in light of the alternative…

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What is success?  Is it achieving wealth, power, fame, influence and toys (or any configuration therein)?  In Klingon, the word is “k’plah”.  It’s the only word I know in that language, although I have heard a few others thanks to “Klingon Boggle” on The Big Bang Theory.  The worst time to be confronted with this question is after you have awakened in the dead of night just minutes before the bells of the grandfather clock toll 3.  (I attribute this dread to an over exposure to A Christmas Carol and squarely place the blame at the feet of one Ebeneezer Scrooge; McDuck or otherwise).  Nevertheless, there I was grappling with this question in total darkness at my grandmother’s house in Florida a week ago or so, doing everything I could to ward off various mental images of the Ghost of Christmas Future.

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