If You’re Reading This, Then STOP


Hey – it’s Christmas!  What are you doing reading my blog?  Now shut down the computer and get back to your family, friends, or whoever.   Read the Nativity story in the gospels.  Watch a classic Christmas movie.  Spend time with people you love – even if it means your mother in law or crazy uncle Bob.  Go.  Shut down cyberville and enjoy the real meaning of Christmas.

Forget Halloween, Let’s Celebrate “Jesusween!”


OK, I’m not against trying to do something positive on Halloween, but this is so wrong on so many levels.  Maybe we start with the “ween” thing?  If you attempt to offer a positive alternative to something so deeply imbedded in the culture, then at least don’t do it in a way that invites ridicule.  Am I wrong here?  If you think it’s a joke, here’s the full story.  I’m sure Jesusween is a sincere attempt, (I’m sorry.  I laugh every time I say it) but believe me, this doesn’t help the cause.

Anyone think I’m a ween here?

Prevent “The Easter Pageant Nightmare”


Every Spring, church media producers across the country begin a time honored and terrifying ritual:  “The Church Easter Pageant”.   These local, church sponsored theatrical presentations are usually videotaped for archives or bookstore sales, and although everyone begins the process with high hopes, they often leave media producers weeping, or screaming hysterically promising never to do it again.  Most producers are nearly finished working on this year’s presentation, but in an effort to help you keep both your sanity and family intact, here are a few tips from the Cooke Pictures archives to make this – or next Easter season a little more joyful: