Preacher’s Kid: Smoking with the Boys

Me and my brother, 1977/1978

I never saw the 1984 classic Footloose. The premise turned me off—a rigid and closed-minded preacher, out of fear of a sinful world, convinces a small town to ban rock music and dancing, but salvation comes when a hot-headed, big city teenager moves in and opens everyone’s fearfully ignorant mind while falling for the preacher’s kid, who is rebellious and loose with boys. It was a little too cliché for me. Continue reading “Preacher’s Kid: Smoking with the Boys”

On Laughter and the Time My Father Fell Into a Grave

After last week’s post On Faux Pas and Grace I received several requests to tell the story of the time my father fell into a grave. Continue reading “On Laughter and the Time My Father Fell Into a Grave”

On Faux Pas and Grace

Last weekend my father told me a story about a minister friend of his whose wife, as he was preparing to serve communion, motioned to him from the front pew that the zipper to his pants was unzipped. Continue reading “On Faux Pas and Grace”