Demand Letters as Art

Normally, I’m with Dick the Butcher, who Shakespeare famously had remark “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Lawyers are why you have warnings on your iron not to use it on clothes you’re wearing, and why you can no longer get hot coffee at McDonald’s.

I’m also not a fan of demand letters. They’re typically just a written form of bullying, and, like most bullying, draw the response of wanting to just hit them in the nose.

But (very) occasionally both turn out to be quite useful. And, as a fan of great writing of almost any form, I could not not link to this.

Love Now

Around 25 years ago give or take a year, my wife and I sat in an intimate little “theater” in Euless to hear a CCM artist that had been making his name for a couple of years. His fourth album had just come out a few weeks prior, and a couple of hundred of us were gathered to hear him perform. I don’t remember him having a band with him, but then again it was 25 years ago, so draw your own conclusions.


Happy New Year, everyone. Since the last two years haven’t been a lot of fun, let’s start this one with something that, if not fun, is at least not too serious. What does the Bible have to say to us as we start this new year? Here are all the 20:22’s.

Exodus 20:22—And the LORD said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven.’ ”

Leviticus 20:22—You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

So goes the question in the famous Christmas song. The better question these days is “do you hear what I say,” because most of us aren’t listening.

Israel had concluded God wasn’t listening, either. The time when they had been welcomed in pharaoh’s court (Gen 47:1–6) was long gone. They had been enslaved by the Egyptians for 400 years and counting.

Four hundred years ago, the first English colony in the New World wasn’t yet a teenager. The Mayflower was still two years away from landing at Plymouth Rock. Don Quixote was thirteen years old, the King James Bible only seven.