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Let go and be fearless

Less than a month from now we will be celebrating the election of a new president. This will be remembered as the most unusual and contentious election in American history. And then it will be over and life will go on and we will adjust to whomever … more

Making a silk purse from a sow’s ear

This week we will inaugurate the 45th President of the United States.  According to Pew Research more than 60 percent of all white Christians are registered as and vote for Republicans.  If this metric describes you, this may be a time of … more

Musings of a minister on the ‘Merrification’ of Christmas

One word defines Christmas. It is the word “merry.” I never tire of wishing people a Merry Christmas. Although, for some, it may not be politically correct, but for the rest of us who have at least two gray cells working, it is wonderful. I was … 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

In life and in all things, run to win

In life, it’s nice to win. Frankly, it feels great! Winning builds confidence, inspires hope through the victory and challenges you to reach higher and go further. Today, I want to encourage you to “run to win.” The Bible says it rains on the … more

A suspicious mind is a terrible thing to waste

I have discovered over the years several types of minds. The “open mind,” which catches everything except the truth. The “analytical mind” which organizes everything to the point of sterility. The “closed mind” which you can bounce ideas … more

A little bit of good news

In the midst of the rancor in our daily news, I thought I’d take a moment to share a little bit of good news that comes as close to a miracle as any of us might see.  The Americas have been declared measles- free.When I saw this headline I made a … more

Trust your heart: It knows the way

A long time ago, say 1964, across America there were four big magazines, Time, Look, Life and Saturday Evening Post.  There were three television channels, and in Dallas, where I grew up, there were three radio stations. We got what we knew from … 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

Roundtable: Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?

Once again our clever editor has posed a tricky question for us naïve pastors. “Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?”I started working on how to tip-toe through these “gotcha!” words … more

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

Well, The Pope, the Dali Lama and even I think the answer to this is a simple YES.  We love our pets. But we eat and hunt animals and we consider many to be enemies, predators and dangerous. We even celebrate when our President’s two sons kill … more

Faith Roundtable: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part that sweeps most of us up?

The question that Ashley the Editor has put to the roundtable goes like this: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part … more

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

A cup of joe says a lot about us

This week I came face-to-face with a genuine dilemma. I had several meetings across town and for some reason I miscalculated and ended up with a 2-1/2 hour gap between meetings. I hate to waste time, but if I drove back to my office, I would simply … 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

You might be a Protestant after all

A lot of people don’t know it, but 2017 is the anniversary of one of the most momentous events in the history of Western Christianity. It is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.It was back in 1517, that groups of Christians began … 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

Roundtable: Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?

“People are being punished for persecuting Christians.” “Our Buddhist shrines survived…God has given this curse to show that Buddhism is still alive.” I vividly recall these troubling religious responses to the devastating Indian Ocean … more
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