The Year a Watch Changed Christmas

Looking back I don’t know how we hadn’t lost our house. My mom had tried to sell our simple suburban red brick ranch several times but my brother and I didn’t want to move so we kept taking the for sale sign down. Maybe the market was similar to today too. I’m...

Harry Potter, Steve Jobs and the Danger of Magical Thinking

By Eugene C. Scott I was first introduced to J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter books by a worried mother in my congregation in Tulsa. “Pastor, what do you think of these Harry Potter books?” This was not a neutral question. “I haven’t read them,” I answered. “They’re...

No Fear, Just Pain

By Eugene C. Scott Not the actual truck The Nissan truck with the No Fear off-road package sat in the drive. Big knobby tires, six-inch lift package, fancy rims, dual exhaust.“Semper Fi,” said a sticker in the back window. We had driven from Winter Park to Loveland,...

How Did 9.11 Impact You?

By Eugene C. Scott Vail Mountain rose behind us unmoved. I, however, was trembling. I stood at its base on the ski slope holding a microphone. Beside me stood a friend, an Episcopalian priest. I felt out of place there wearing dress shoes, a dark tie, and a suit. Not...

Harry Potter and the Church Part II

By Eugene C. Scott It’s true, like the old bumper sticker said, that “God Doesn’t Make Junk.” But after 50 plus years of watching the people around me and daily looking in the mirror, it’s plain God certainly created his share of peculiar, screwy, and eccentric...