In 1978, as a six-year-old kid, I watched the movie The Wiz, in a mostly empty mall theater with my older brother and sister. The movie enthralled, traumatized, excited, and bored me. As a somewhat sheltered white kid from the Pacific Northwest, I had a very limited understanding of black artists, black entertainment, and black […]
Author Archive | Douglas Bursch
The other day while driving with my 20-year-old son, I noticed an electric car I had never seen before. As we drove by the bright light blue sedan, we were unable to identify its make and model until we reached the front and saw its iconic emblem. Both of us responded with similar quizzical expressions: […]
By Pastor Douglas S. Bursch, D.Min I’ve decided it would be good for me to write down why I support same-sex marriage. I am not attempting to convince anyone to change their opinions or perspectives. Instead, I am trying to communicate why my opinions and ideas concerning same-sex relationships have changed. I hope this will […]
So much talk about what Jesus would do or Christians should do. Doug talks about what Jesus actually did and how that should influence the way we interact with today’s culture.
When successful people give advice on how to live with failure, their message has already been compromised. Success disqualifies successful people from truly identifying with the perpetually, persistently unsuccessful masses. The rich man might have once been poor and the famous woman might have once been unknown, but their seasons of anonymity and languishing prospects […]
Doug looks at how we sometimes desire to create utopians communities to escape the inevitable problems of existence. He examines the similarities between progressive and conservative leaders and the movements they facilitate.
Last Friday I had the privilege of seeing Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Here’s a simple summary: If you liked Disney’s Beauty and the Beast movies, you’ll like the musical. The show contains all the movie song favorites with so many familiar lyrics you might catch yourself accidently singing “there […]
Doug looks at how to be successful in ministry and life.
Here is the 2022 edition of Craig DesJardins’ Thematic Bible Reading Plan! Feel free to use this plan and to share it with others. Please make sure you credit Craig DesJardins for all his hard work. Enjoy and God bless! 2022 Thematic Single SheetDownload 2022 Final Plan with Title Page and IntroductionDownload
Sometimes I don’t realize how weary worn my soul has become until I’m surprised by beauty. This age of Covid has produced a general malaise. We are trying to survive and thrive the best we know how, but the relentless drumbeat of uncertainty, sickness and sadness has dulled the vibrancy of many daily activities. And […]