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A Private Letter to Hurting Pastors

A Private Letter to Hurting Pastors by Pastor Doug Bursch NOTE TO READER: Recently, I wrote a letter to a good friend of mine who is also a full time pastor. At the time, he was facing some really difficult relational challenges in the church he faithfully serves. I’ve decided to share a modified version […]

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Mixtape: A Confluence of Genius

Yesterday, Lin-Manuel Miranda once again introduced something thoroughly unique to the world. The full Hamilton Mixtape finally dropped last night and like pretty much everything else Lin-Manuel touches, this Hamilton Musical inspired multiple song release exists in a world all its own. Miranda has done more than gather big named musicians to croon covers from […]

The Little Mermaid December 02

A Review of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Musical (The 5th Avenue Theatre Touring Production)

When I first heard The 5th Avenue Theatre was mounting a production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, I prepared myself to write a somewhat cynical and sarcastic review lamenting the Disneyfication of musical theater. However, after watching The Little Mermaid’s opening night preview, I am reluctantly unable to do much more than just praise the […]

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Where My Art Comes From

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Is The Jim Gaffigan Show Too Mean to Jim Gaffigan?

I’m a big fan of Jim Gaffigan and a faithful viewer of The Jim Gaffigan Show. The show is in its second season on TV LAND during a time slot that is unbeknownst to this avid DVR aficionado. I think it airs sometime on Sundays following reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond while preceding reruns of […]

Stained Glass Modified July 11

Carried

[I wrote this poem a couple years ago…rediscovered it today. I still really like it.] Carried by Doug Bursch Today I’ve been feeling sad, heart heavy, soul weary.  I presume I could find a reason for the feelings, but it seems to me that the feeling arrived before I could ascribe to it cause. Some […]

MLK Speaks July 07

Anger and Racial Injustice

A systematically unjust world will produce perpetually angry people. Anger flows from a lack of control, power and value. When we are powerless, devalued and controlled by societal injustices, anger is the appropriate response. In fact, it would be wrong to tell systematically sinned against people to relinquish their anger. Anger is a natural, logical […]

The Musical Waitress July 02

A Beautiful Song Changes Everything: Thank You Jessie Mueller!

I believe music was created so I’d be able to find my heart no matter how cruel and cold the world becomes. A few weeks ago, while watching the musical Hamilton rightfully steamroll the Tony awards, I happened upon a non-Hamilton related song, voice and performance that was nothing short of a revelation. I’m going […]