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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

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

Life is a journey: Break the cycle

Life is a journey. Some seasons bring peace and you feel covered by grace. Other seasons seem to be engulfed with obstacles the size of mountains.

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Remaking and reforming the Church

Well, it’s almost here. For the better part of this past year, I’ve been writing a series of columns about the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and October 31st is the actual anniversary date.  more

The mythology of the Reformation

This year, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, so, for the last few months, I’ve been using these columns to examine some of the consequences of that event. But, … more

Can two walk together, except they be going to the same store?

After about a million days of toil, sweat and aggravation, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I decided to take a few days off and relax.I am not a real expert when it comes to relaxing. I have not pursued a Ph.D in relaxing and therefore it … more

Living in Eternity

Happy Easter, the celebration of the end of Winter and the renewal of life! The history of this holiday goes all the way back to when we observed a lunar calendar, which is to say this is a nature-based holiday which the Jews used to remember … more

Where do you look for a lost voice?

It has been a quiet week at the parsonage. Far quieter than usual. I cannot remember a time when it was quieter. If silence is golden, the week glowed with a yellow brilliance.Have you ever noticed when you lose something, it is always in the last … 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

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

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

Eventually

Two years ago today, nine beautiful people were shot and killed inside the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. As it has been with a growing list of terroristic tragedies in this world, I remember exactly where I was … more

A plan is needed to help ‘Children of God’

Children of God. That is how the dead children of Syria were referred to by our president this past week. However, children (and adults) have been dying in Syria for several years. To date, somewhere between 400,000 – 500,000 Syrians have died in … more

I’ll do it first thing tomorrow. Now, what did you want?

You would think being a husband as long as I have been I would have learned the fine art of negotiating with my wife. And trust me, it is an artistic creation.When I got married, somebody told me that marriage was a 50-50 proposition, which being … more

Luther’s reformation began 500 years ago

2017 is the 500th anniversary of The Protestant Reformation, and this is the second in a series of columns about some of the important consequences of that event.A good way to illustrate those consequences is with stories, so let’s consider a true … more

What’s the Message?

My church posted the sign that’s pictured with this column out by the entrance to our facility. Twice now, someone has taken it down. more

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

It’s a curious word, that word, “should.” Should I take out the trash? Should I brush my teeth? Should I exercise? There are some things that we do that are simply good for us to do. If we don’t do them, then there are … 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

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
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