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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

Reflecting on the last breath of a healthcare plan

Republicans everywhere are rejoicing as they pull out their pens, eager to sign the death certificate for the Affordable Care Act. As Congress gloats about repealing the healthcare plan commonly known as Obamacare, it would be wise for everyone … more

A civic red flag

The Cedar Park City Council was right about one thing – a flag matters to the city’s residents. The city has found itself in a mess of opinions and critiques in response to the public unveiling in early December of the new Cedar Park flag, … 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

Legislature gets F for school grading system

Just when it looks like the Texas Legislature can’t fail the public school system again, the state turns in a little extra credit and proves this is one subject where our elected state officials are willing to go above and beyond.The unsettling … more

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,I am responding to Father Wilcoxson’s column of Dec. 29. In it, he leaves no doubt that he believes the Orthodox church must be the “true” Christian church. Why? Because firstly he claims Orthodoxy never experienced the … more

All hands on deck

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”— Martin Luther King, Jr.Very few Americans or migrants in this country today can trace their family tree to roots that were here in the very beginning. We can almost … 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

Russian Roulette: America’s new national pastime

Many will feign shock and dismay one day when the depth of president-elect Donald Trump’s connection to Vladimir Putin and Russian business interests finally becomes clear. But it will be no more believable than this idea that Russia’s … more

No time to raise ethics questions

Monday night, in a U.S. House GOP conference meeting, Republicans voted 119-74 to essentially gut the independent power of the Office of Congressional Ethics.Not 24 hours later, the same Republicans were reversing course, already weary of the … 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

What a difference a year makes

This time last year, I wasn’t doing very well. I didn’t leave my house on Christmas day. I wasn’t happy about life. I was eating and drinking way too much. I was pretty much miserable. I didn’t even watch “National Lampoon’s Christmas … more

Be resolute, be involved

The new year is upon us and for 2017 our plan should be to be resolute. There’s no more room to be on the sidelines in America, watching the country rush by as we sit in the comfort of our own lives. There is no more comfort zone. There is no … 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 day off at the joy factory

Thinking back on my daughter’s first Christmas, there was a hint of disappointment in me. We all know children account for a majority of the fun at Christmas as we get to sit back and watch their wide-eyed excitement over everything ­– both … more
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