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Would you like a burp with that hiccup?

Looking at the alarm clock by my bedside, it clearly read 2:37 a.m. The loud buzzing sound was not in my head after all. Who in the world could be calling me at this hour of the night?I grumbled to myself, sat straight up in bed and gasped. An … 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: Do animals have souls?

My theological perspective tends to fall into the category of panentheism, which argues that God is the soul of creation, all creation throughout the universe. With that perspective the question is not so much whether or not an animal, including … more

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

I believe the answer to our question is no, animals don’t have souls. However, before you stop reading, let me say I believe this is a more complex theological issue. Because animals may not have souls doesn’t mean they aren’t in Heaven. In … more

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

For this roundtable discussion, Ashley the Editor wants us to answer the question, “Do animals have souls?”Across the centuries, Christians have approached that question in a variety of ways. The historic consensus is that, yes, animals do have … more

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls

First and foremost it is important to establish that mankind’s soul is made up of one’s mind, will and emotions. In Genesis 1:24-27, God delineates the difference between man and animal.  In verses 24-25, God describes his creation of the … more

I am easily confused by Daylight Savings... So what time is it?

When it comes to certain things, I am quite a bit confused. One thing has to do with time. What I want to know, what time is it?I do not know why time cannot be the same for everybody. After all, everybody is squirming about equal rights. Why … 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

Where in the world does time go?

I remember my grandfather telling me that the older you get the faster time flies. Laughing at him at the time I thought it was another of his little stories he loved telling.Just the other day I caught myself telling one of my grandchildren, “The … more

Reflecting on the role of church as a sanctuary

I am wondering to what lengths any of us might go to preserve our lives, preserve the lives of our loved ones and find a place of safety and sanctuary? Would we cross a border to a “promised land?” Even if we didn’t have all the paperwork?I … 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

The strange myth of multitasking

I have been pondering a delicate question this week. Why is it I can only do one thing at a time? If only I could do several things at a time, I could get more accomplished.The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is an expert when it comes to … more

Single, but not alone

So another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and, once again, you just stood on the sidelines and watched while everyone else did all the romance stuff. You watched while everyone else did the special date thing and the traditional flower thing … more

Why did God give us winter?

Living in Florida, my idea of winter is anytime the temperature drops below 60°. At that point, I do the shiver-me-timbers dance. You don’t want to know!I have a rare disease called Coldaphobia. As far as I know, there is no cure for this except … more

It’s all in the house: Cleaning out a good way to assess your spiritual life

Everything we need or want is always in the house. What does that mean exactly? I’m glad you asked. In the Bible, there was a woman who lost a coin. In total, there were 10 coins; however, she lost one. This woman was relentless in her search; she … more

Did someone just hack my thermometer?

I do not like to complain (except on certain occasions when nobody is listening) but I am not too happy with the weather these days. I have never felt so cold before.Is it true that the older you get, the less cold temperature you can stand? If it … more

When life has you in a holding pattern

Some of you gentle readers have piloted a plane. Most of us have been a passenger in a plane. Did you ever have to fly in a holding pattern? One time I was flying out of New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. We climbed to 10,000 feet and then started … 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

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

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

For this roundtable, Ashley the Editor asks, “Should you form strong relationships with those who have different religious views than you?”Since we columnists are encouraged to keep these reflections to about 800 words, I’m going to interpret … more
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