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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

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

The round table this month brings the question: “Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?” Should they? Of course. Relationships can be categorized into three distinct areas: public, private … 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

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

A new video was released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God.  He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in … more

Everything old is getting older still

A friend of mine has a saying, "I'm going to get as old as I possibly can get." From what I can tell, he has. I must agree with his sentiment. Of course, the alternative is… well you know. Another friend of mine likes to tell me, "Brother, you're … 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

My New Year’s diet fits me to a T-shirt

Personally, I sure will be glad when January is over. If confession is good for the soul, then let me have a good soul cleansing and confess that January is not my favorite month of the year.At the beginning of each year, a certain resident in our … more

Christ shows vulnerability of God

The Christmas season is at an end as I write this, so I thought I’d take a moment to share one mystery of the season that I have found meaningful this year. If our faith tradition claims that God comes to us in the form of a baby, then what we are … more

Everything new gets old far too soon

I am not one to stay up New Year’s Eve to watch some celebrity drop the ball at Times Square at midnight. All year long I have to put up with people dropping the ball so I’m not going to make a special effort to watch somebody drop another … more

Love, then lead

So … how are you holding up in this crazy world we’re in? Is it a struggle for you? It is for me at times. I struggle with some of the things going on in our culture today:You place a crucifix of Jesus in a jar of urine and get praised for … more

Expect the unexpected - God says “Look Up!”

To fully enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, or high action movies, we generally have to suspend our disbelief.  In reading this column, if you have any doubt or disbelief in the person of Jesus being both fully human and divine, I’m asking you to do the … more

Keeping time as a Christian not so easy

So this coming Sunday is Jan. 1, 2017, but while most American Christians will be celebrating New Year’s Day, we Orthodox will be celebrating the Feast of the Circumcision, because we celebrated the beginning of the New Year back on Sept. 1 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

One birth changed everything

There was one birth that shook the world and split time in half.  There was one birth that overcame death as He breathed life. There was one birth who received gifts fit for a King; gold, frankincense and myrrh. There was one birth with the power … more

Expect the unexpected – God says ‘Listen!’

In my last column I wrote about unexpected transformations that took place in the lives of Paul and Thomas. Because we’re so close to celebrating the birth of Jesus, I’d like to share some thoughts with you about unexpected visits from angels, … more

A Christmas trophy worth the trouble

Every family has those traditions and days that help define their family. I personally know some families (although I shall not divulge any names unless there is enough cash offered) that are adequately defined by April 1.  For me, Christmas Eve … more

Expect the unexpected – God will show up

When was the last time something completely unexpected happened in your life?You won the lottery!She said “Yes!”You named your child “Oops!”The “unexpected’s” in life aren’t always pleasant, but they certainly are eventful.Some of my … more

The importance of tradition

As we near Christmas, some church members (and pastors) might be asking the question – why do we do the things we do at Christmas? At Trinity, we’re Anglican – which means we join the 85 million Anglicans around the world who follow the … more

Behold, the Christmas Grinch cometh

I never have to look at the calendar to know when the Christmas holiday season is approaching. As soon as I lay down my fork on Thanksgiving Day, the battle drums begin to roll. Somebody, who apparently does not have much of a life, takes a pot shot … 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?

One of the advantages of being an Anglican – and there are many – is that we observe and celebrate the church season of Advent. Advent is simply the four weeks leading up to the Incarnation (Christmas), the birth of Christ. During Advent, … more
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