Category Archives: Video

‘Oh, Sinner Man’

Take a Caribbean spiritual and move it to the Irish Sea, complete with seals and grey waters, grey skies–I don’t know why it works, but it does. Oh, Sinner Man! Where You Gonna Run To? Complete with cold water and hot mandolin.


Smart Pets & Stupid People

If you’re blessed, your dog or cat will protect your baby. This is not to be taken lightly. In this video you’ll see some dunderheads provoking their pets just to get a laugh on Youtube. It’d serve these jidrools right if they got bitten. But you’ll also see a heroic cat chasing a dog away from a toddler.

Anyway, this is a gift–and if you’ve got it, don’t waste it. And be thankful for it! Babies need protection.


Follow the Bouncing Goat

All of a sudden I’m feeling quite tired. Well, you should’ve seen me whip up that opening scene of my new book. Who knew I could write so fast?

I’m also feeling a little bit whimsical–and what better way to satisfy that than by watching some goats on trampolines? We know baby goats love to play, but some of these are full-grown and they’re still diggin’ it. I wish I could be out there with them. I mean, how hard can it be, to bounce around on a trampoline?


‘Ubi Caritas’

We have to thank Lisa for sending us this beautiful hymn by Audrey Assad, Ubi Caritas–“Where Charity Is,” in Latin.

If you’re new to this blog, we like to start the day with a hymn and we take reader requests. So if you have a favorite hymn you’d like to share, just leave a comment anywhere on the site and we’ll do the rest.


Cats & Dogs & Babies

I saw a sign in my doctor’s office that said that babies who interact with dogs and cats develop stronger immune systems than babies who don’t. So the cat licking the baby’s face, or the dog sniffing the baby’s ear–those are not bad things.

When I was still only three years old or so, I tried to change my baby brother’s diaper. I’d seen my mother do it; how hard could it be? All you’ve got to do is dump half a bottle of baby oil on him and then liberally coat him with baby powder. That’s when my mother came in and put a stop to it.

No cat or dog would ever do that to a human baby.


‘Christ Shall Have Dominion’

Anti-Christian fanatics will hate this hymn, so play it proud and play it loud–Christ Shall Have Dominion, sung by the congregation at Grace Community Church in San Antonio, Texas. And you already know the melody, so here are the lyrics, too.


Cats Who Make the Best of Things

Cats are very smart–smart enough so that they try to understand things like printers, washing machines, and metronomes that can’t possibly have any relevance to them. In this they resemble human beings.

That’s why, when you watch a cat trying to figure something out, you can almost hear the wheels turning in his head.


‘For the Beauty of the Earth’

This hymn came back to me yesterday evening, as I looked at green leaves waving against a sapphire sky: For the Beauty of the Earth, sung by Michelle Swift.

And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)


A Passel of Possums

I had a baby possum once. I found him tooling around at the edge of the woods, he didn’t seem afraid of me, and so I brought him home and kept him in my room until my mother saw him and started screaming. Mothers don’t understand some things.

My wife had a possum in her house, too, before we met. Her possum had babies. Right there in the house. She didn’t throw them out!

I really don’t know what was wrong with my mother that day. Must’ve been something she ate.


By Request, ‘When He Was on the Cross’

Requested by Erlene: When He Was on the Cross, by John Starnes.

People in the First Century were used to seeing horrific punishments, like crucifixion, carried out in public. We are not–and God be thanked for that. Speaking for myself, the cross is not an easy thing to think about. Nor should it be. O Lord our God, draw us to Jesus. Amen.


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