Harry Potter, Steve Jobs and the Danger of Magical Thinking

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy 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...

How Did 9.11 Impact You?

Reading Time: 4 minutesBy 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...

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

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy 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...

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

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy Eugene C. Scott 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 Must-Not-be-Named, Lord Voldemort. Rather...

How to Know if You're a Control Freak

Reading Time: 4 minutesBy Eugene C. Scott 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 desert floor. Some observant...

Extreme Encounters

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy Eugene C. Scott Sitting on a rooftop, years ago, a fellow carpenter and I marveled at the wild Colorado sky. Gray, purple, white, and silver clouds mingled on the blue horizon. Distant bolts of lightning spiked out of the clouds grabbing the...