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...

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...

God and Grammar, Hurt and Hope: God Ties it all Together

By Eugene C. Scott God must not have studied grammar under the same crotchety English teachers I did. Over and over, in the beginning chapter of Genesis, God starts sentences with the Hebrew character Waw, or in this context the word and. I imagine God standing at the...

W.W.H.P.D?: What Would Harry Potter Do?

By Eugene C. Scott [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oifNdCEvw4] Of all the battles Harry Potter faces, one is paramount. Not his conflict with Draco Malfoy, Professor Snape, the Dementors, the sweetly evil Dolores Umbridge, not even with Him-Who...

How to Know if You're a Control Freak

By Eugene C. Scott [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1RHmSm36aE] Several thousand years ago dung beetles enjoyed god-like status. They earned this high honor by toiling day-long collecting balls of dung between their tiny horns and rolling them across the hot...