For week of May 6-12

For Heaven's sake, hug your mom today.
So, let me get this straight. Not only do we need to expand gambling in West Virginia every few years and deal with the resulting calamity on our communities, we should do away with an independent and successful gambling hotline and replace it with those who'd rather problem gamblers keep feeding those slots. Talk about the blind leading the blind. (By the way, vote no on June 9.)
Not one evangelical leader in America made the list. I'm not sure if that's the result of cultural bias toward "Jesus freaks" or if we're not doing a good enough job of confronting the culture. Probably a little of both.
There are a lot of bad guys in the world today -- well, OK, all of us are bad guys, when you get right down to it -- but Robert Mugabe is near the top of the list. Bin Laden has become the face of individual evil, and that's a pretty fair characterization, to be sure. But when you get right down to it, Mugabe is worse. He runs a country ... and does it right into the ground. You can read some of the highlights here. Anyway, kudos to the Catholic leaders literally risking their very lives by taking a stand in a country with 1,593 percent unemployment. That's not a typo.
When I was a kid, my favorite character from the Bible was Samson. Maybe it was because he was kind of like an Old Testament super-hero -- the Incredible Hulk meets Father Abraham. And, yes, I had a Samson action figure. You know what? I liked my He-Man toys better.
Sorry, fellas. You can't prove the existence of God without the Bible. At least not in the way an unbelieving public expects -- or wants -- you to. You just can't. Coming to Christ is not a matter of believing in the rationality of the supernatural. It's a matter of faith.
Briefly: Did you catch the 20/20 episode Friday night on faith in America? I thought it was a pretty even-handed treatment, although we could have done without the sensationalist segment on demonic exorcism ... The Motion Picture Association of America will now consider smoking on par with violence and bad language in rating movies.
See you tomorrow. Grace and peace ...