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Life is full of special moments

Friday was a special day. I had the honor of giving the closing keynote at the Alabama Conference of Social Work in beautiful Orange Beach, Ala. My role and goal was to show my appreciation for conference attendees and to send them on their way … more

Extra, Extra

In the past few weeks, you might have noticed that the paper that has been coming to your house for years is no longer in your driveway. Don’t worry, it’s not personal. With the explosive growth in both Leander and Cedar Park we have started … 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

Your text can wait

Texting while driving is illegal in all but four states. Although dozens of Texas cities, including Austin, have outlawed texting while driving, the state still hasn’t managed to ban the reckless act. While there are state laws preventing texting … 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

Dropping my first deer

Going in to the Army, I didn’t know it, but I was really good with a rifle. Throughout basic marksmanship training, I was one of the top shooters, never shooting less than 36/40. I was so proficient with my weapon that I, along with five others, … more

Black History Month deserves our attention

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr. It’s Black History Month, a time to remember and honor the accomplishments and milestones of black Americans throughout history. It isn’t … 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

Thank God I’m a Country Boy

I reckon I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, but since I don’t really listen to rock and roll, I’d have to say I’m more country than anything else. I’m not saying I’m country as a turnip green, but I did eat a plate … more

COOL Week students benefit local businesses

Students in Leander ISD are spending this week diving straight into the business world.Career Opportunities On Location (COOL) is a program that matches students with businesses related to their career goals, giving them firsthand experience into a … 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

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, Texas public education funding is in a crisis and Lt. Governor Patrick is trying to make it worse. Public schools are already suffering from previous cuts in state funding. Now Patrick wants to pass a state law placing an arbitrary … more

On the road and missing my fur babies

All was right in the world Thursday night as I had my dog’s head laying on my chest and my cat right smack dab next to my head. They love me. That’s for sure. After a week of traveling and boarding, we were all under one roof. I was pretty much … more

School choice a bad choice

One of the cornerstones of this Texas Legislative session is pushing through school choice legislation in what Republicans call an effort to improve education in Texas.This is nothing more than an assault on the public school system and an … 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
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