My first national article for Examiner finally posted. It’s been a trying week and feels like a whole new ball game. The national competition for readers is fierce. My article is buried on the national website but that was to be expected. And, truthfully, it’s not my favorite piece but there are more hoops to jump through to get the first piece approved. Getting this one up actually took so much longer than I expected that I feel like I missed some good opportunity for other stories this week. We’ll see what next week brings. Click the link below to read it. BTW – it looks like they stretched my photo to fit the space. LOL…I really didn’t need my face to be stretched. You can see the different between my Inland Empire profile picture and the national one. There’s both the same photo.
Examiner.com has selected my column to go national. I will be the new National Religion & Politics Examiner for the website. It’s a huge honor for me to cover the national scene with regards to religion and politics. It will also mean an increase in readership for my column since it will be on a national level and not just on the local portal. I will have more details when my first national column is posted (probably next week). I will still be covering some local issues for the Inland Empire but I’m excited for this new national column to get me greater exposure. Thanks to all of you who have faithfully been reading the column. I really appreciate the support.
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Let me know what you think with either a comment during the article or here on this blog.
The Jesus Christ Show has not just been an obsession for the week but for the last couple of years. The show’s website describes it as “interactive radio theatre.” The premise is that the “Holy Host” of the show is “Jesus Christ” himself where callers can call in and ask him specific topical questions pertaining to theology or life situation issues.
I found the show a couple of years ago and was intrigued by the show’s clever premise where listeners call in and greet the host with “Hello Jesus Christ, thank you for saving me from my sins. I have a question…” I laughed out loud the first time I heard callers but soon found that the host spoke to listeners from a strictly scriptural perspective and was well-versed in what he was talking about.
The executive producer and host, Neil Saavedra, calls himself a “self taught lay apologist” who has studied Catholic apologetics, Protestant apologetics, theology, cults, and the trinity among other specific topics through various schools. What is most admirable is that Saavedra’s religious perspective is non-confrontational, non-denominational and strictly scripturally based.
I had the privilege to talk to Neil on the phone a year or so ago when I was doing research for a novel. I had e-mailed him my questions and he responded with a number to call him at so we could talk in depth (not on the radio by the way). We talked for about an hour that day and he gave me some great insight about what I was working on.
Since that time, I have used quite a bit of what I have learned from him, and the show, in my articles. I even based two articles about gay marriage on his response to a caller on his show (Link to the article). It was also Neil who first introduced me to the “Unity in Essentials, Liberty in Non-Essentials, Charity in all things” quotation that has become a driving principle in my writing and religious philosophy.
I’d encourage everyone to check the show out. It’s both enlightening and entertaining and not anywhere near as blasphemous as you’d think. Neil equates the show to a history teacher putting on a customer and acting like Ben Franklin to make a point to students about Franklin’s life. The show can be heard on KFI AM 640 here in Southern California from 6 am to 9 am on Sundays or (more conveniently) on the station’s website archives.
For the past two-weeks, my Examiner articles have focused on one issue – Muslim-Americans. I’ve pretty much exhausted the topic from every angle. I did it because the subject manner has been extremely hot and some of the articles became my most read in months.
Today, I posted (after Examiner encouraged us to post more articles) a recap of what I am now calling a series of articles on the subject. The title is “Muslims & Christians, Christians & Muslims, Ain’t We, Everyone” and was inspired by the song “Brothers and Sisters” from the “Free To Be…You and Me” children’s album and special from the 1970s (when I was a kid). I found the album’s message of unity, peace and acceptance a perfect tie in to the series in which I was encouraging Christian acceptance of Muslim’s being allowed to build places of worship in this free country.
While today’s article is lacking in true content (lazy I know), it is a nice hub for the articles in the series and includes some fun nostalgic memories from my own childhood. Certainly some will think the series is nothing more than a Kumbaya, “Can’t we all just get a long,” naive approach but I find the best ideas are often the simplest. They are also usually the ones no one every tries.