My youth minister subscribes to a particular satellite service because they carry Christian rock. Although I don't listen to the music, I have the same service because of two channels: FOX News and Hallmark.

To be candid, I haven't watched a Hallmark movie either, not even a single scene, but it's nice to know it's available in case a blizzard blows in unexpectedly. FOX News, however, is the only reason for me to have a TV at work. Even though it's readily accessible, only a couple of events have compelled me to turn it on and last Wednesday's Congressional hearing on steroids was one of those occasions.

Roger Clemens testified before a panel of Senators, along with his accuser, Brian McNamee. McNamee claims that on 16 occasions he injected Clemens with steroids or HGH. Clemens denies the accusations. This debate got complicated, or sorted out depending on which version of the story you believe, when Andy Pettitte revealed that Clemens told him he had been injected by McNamee as far back as 2000. Mrs. Pettitte, having sworn on a stack of Bibles, agreed with her mister.

The nanny of the house added to the sick, sordid, subterfuge when her testimony was accepted into evidence. Listening to who was where, when and with whom made me realize why a simple story can't be told at a family reunion without someone interrupting to say, "It wasn't Tuesday, it was Wednesday; it wasn't purple, it was orange; and it wasn't McDonald's, it was Arby's." The details don't affect the punch line but to perfectionists, the details matter.

Luke was a physician and the traveling companion of Paul. A thorough, careful writer, he introduced John the Baptist to his readers because he understood that some would not believe without sufficient evidence. That's why his introduction is detailed: "In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar-when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene-during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John" (Luke 3:1-2, KJV). Luke left no room for speculation.

The Cincinnati Enquirer recently asked her readers to share their biggest thrill experienced in person. The memories included the household names of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Eric Davis, and Ken Griffery, Jr. What I remembered was Hank Aaron swatting homerun No. 714 on opening day in 1974 off of Jack Billingham.

I didn't, however, actually see it. My seat was in the upper deck of leftfield and from that vantage point, you couldn't see the warning track. Although I was in the park and I saw Aaron's ball streaking toward us, I never saw the ball clear the fence.

The details of a humorous story aren't important. Whether Clemens amazed us with his riveting performances on the field, or in the halls of Congress is yet to be determined. One thing, however, is certain: integrity is easier kept than recovered.

Tony Thomas is senior minister at Woodland Heights Christian Church and author of "A Smidgeon of Religion," which is available at Chapel Books.