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ROUNDTABLE: The ground of all being

The answer is maybe. They both exist right now without a lot of conflict. In religious rhetoric the conflict comes from religionists who fear losing their power with the … more

Say no to school choice vouchers

I am a strong advocate for our public education system. What a great endeavor to educate our entire population! Education is a win/win for everyone. All of society and each of us as individuals benefit from a good education and well-supported, fully funded educational system. more

ROUNDTABLE: Science has a place in faith

Yes, and it seems obvious to me that this is so. People of faith rely on science everyday for health care needs to give one example. People of science may eschew faith expressions, but that is also a … more

Do We Still Have Prophets Today?

Faith Column for Hill Country News Thursday, March 8, 2018 more

ROUNDTABLE: Use the scientific approach

 So, our question for the first Roundtable of 2018 is about science and faith: “can they coexist in religious rhetoric?The short answer is “Sure, they can”—and we’ll demonstrate how … more

Here’s what you get to take with you

I stood at the foot of my father’s bed in Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on October 9, 1975. more

ROUNDTABLE: Science and religion are not in conflict

First, let’s make one thing clear. The mainstream media loves conflict. Man vs. woman. Man vs. dog. Republicans vs. Democrats. Christians vs. atheists. When I was in journalism school at The … more

ROUNDTABLE: God is the CEO of the Universe

Happy New Year! I believe 2018 is your year for fulfilled dreams. The round table question is: “From your perspective as a faith leader, can science and faith co-exist in religious … more

Sermons are protected free speech under the first amendment

Our editor Nick has once again come up with a politically charged question which he wants us non-political pastors to solve or at least address.  As with the last Roundtable question about … more

Faith Roundtable: Should the churches be taxed just like regular organizations?

Should the churches be taxed just like regular organizations?   Well, in the olden days, it was understood there was an agreed upon barrier between the church and the state.  The … more

Endorsing candidates in our faith communities

Churches are politically active institutions either by intention or by default. When we seek to end hunger, homelessness, poverty, or other injustices, we move in a political world, albeit from our … more

We can all learn something from Polaris

One of the most important discoveries in our long history concerns the Pole Star.

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Black eye causes quandary of the first order

Quandaries come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. As someone who is somewhat of a connoisseur in this area, I can readily attest to this. However, many do not realize quandaries come in two categories.First are those quandaries that come … more

Release the measuring tape?

In life, it can become easy to compare where you are to where others might be. We might not notice the comparison at first or you may talk yourself out of it. However, when continued, those patterns … more

Trip to the Holy Land is life changing

I’ve been privileged to travel to the Holy Land twice in the past seven years. I’ll lead another group next January on a 10-day in-depth visit to important Biblical sites. If you like, … more

Do Christians Have the Right of Way?

When I first got out of Seminary I was really proud and excited to wear my new clerical collar at every opportunity. more

Christians and Halloween

Yes, there is a Christian connection to Halloween. October 31 is called “All Hallows Eve.” The next day, Nov. 1 is always All Saints Day. Most historians say the origins of Halloween can … more

Halloween may be fun, but it’s not Christian

Halloween is not a Christian holiday. It can be a controversial subject amongst Christian circles. Controversy usually surrounds the symbols, historical inception, various activities to include … more

Celebrating All Saint’s Day

Like most any kid growing up in America, I went trick-or-treating. In my day, more than likely, my costume was homemade and my candy container was a pillow case.  We didn’t really … more

Praying for the dead

In Holy Orthodoxy we don’t do Halloween. That’s not because we find the whole idea offensive—more about that below—it’s just because we use a different calendar. You … more
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