Car Payments and Pandemic Protocols: an irresponsible parable

The way to hold onto a car while it’s still under financing is to keep making payments, even if you’re tired of them. The way to beat COVID-19 is to keep following pandemic protocols, even if you’re tired of them.

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Wednesday’s child is full of woe? I’m sunk! Oh, wait a sec … no I’m not.

Joy and woe and hardships and blessings: only one thing can tie these together for your benefit. It’s not always easy, but it’s good.

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Courtrooms, Congregations, and Communities: Letting People Know They’re in a Safe Place

People like to feel wanted wherever they go.

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Marbury v. Madison: What Happens When the Chief Justice Violates Every Ethics Canon in the Book

The California Judges Association annual conference went virtual last month, which meant my session on judicial ethics is on video. I wrote this curriculum a few years ago and this is the second time I’ve taught this particular class. I hope you enjoy it.

It’s got a lot for people who like history, those interested in the US Supreme Court, and folks who just like a good story. Here’s the course description from the conference agenda:

Think you know what Marbury v. Madison is about? Wait until you hear the rest of the story, analyzed under the microscope of modern California judicial ethics.

Chief Justice Marshall playing fast and loose with the canons, Secretary of State James Madison playing politics with the powers of his office, Marbury hoping someone will give a poor political operative a break.

If you want to know what really happened, this is the video to watch.

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My Wife’s Mere Presence Makes It Easier to Handle Hard Things

Why are easy things hard and hard things seemingly impossible?

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Pray All You Like, but You’ll Never Get Closer to Jesus: a Good News Reality

The Spirit of Christ is in you. That’s close as close can be.

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It Was the Middle of the Night, My Wife Screamed Bloody Murder, and It Was All My Fault

The volume of her voice pushed me off my feet, landing me flat on my back.

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“Let’s Go Where Jesus Goes and If We Die, We Die”—Learning Lessons From a Famous Doubter

I haven’t been called on to die for Jesus, at least not yet. That doesn’t mean I can’t live for him today.

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I Haven’t Always Been a Good Listening Friend, But I Got Better at It and So Can You

When someone needs to talk, I found out that means I need to listen.

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Politics, Women, People of Color: Don’t Let Anyone Tell You That Your Voice Shouldn’t Be Heard

There are reasons to speak up: injustice, oppression, greed run rampant. Don’t listen to those trying to shut you down. Jesus loves your voice.

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