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Merry Christmas

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.– Calvin CoolidgeIt is so easy to become embroiled in our human conflicts, both subtle and … 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

Trump must silence hate

Throughout the campaign, president-elect Donald Trump energized an angry base with subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, comments about minority groups and the opposing political party.He made veiled comments suggesting violence and made it … more

Racing Commission chair tapped for secretary of state

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5. Pablos has served as chair of the Texas Racing Commission, the state agency that regulates pari-mutuel racing, since December … more

America’s easy fake news fix

“We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.”– Denis DiderotIt wasn’t until I was reminded of one of my father’s most aggravating comments to me as a child that the light … 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

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?

Christmas is the greatest time of the year. It’s where everyone celebrates the birth of Jesus. I love this time of year! His birth brought hope, salvation, forgiveness, victory and life for mankind. In the book of Psalms 91:16 it reads, “with … 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?

The question that Ashley the Editor has put to the roundtable goes like this: 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 … 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?

I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a car this morning that said, “Christmas is for Christ.”  Right next to it were four other bumper stickers: “Native Texan,” “I love Beef,” “In God We Trust” and “I am a Christian and I … 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?

My spouse and I enjoy buying Christmas gifts.  In fact, she’s the one who put the joy in it for me because she loves giving, all forms of giving; time, money, herself.  Her generosity is contagious.I didn’t learn the joy of giving from … more

Lt. Gov. mischaracterizes tax burden for Texans

It is nearly time for the 85th Texas Legislature to begin the five-month journey to a quality budget that meets both the needs of Texans and their taste for ever-lower taxes.Some want a balance, and some want to sell out programs, education and … more

Documenting the Manification of Jody Fuller

Last week, I drank my water from a straw. We all slip up from time to time, so let me explain.“Wild at Heart” was released in 2001, but I just recently got around to reading it. It’s an awesome book and very enlightening, in a manly kind of … more

Still time for giving

With just over two weeks to go before Christmas, trees are beginning to be populated with festively wrapped gifts of every size and shape, as we count down.That same anticipation around the holiday hits many people differently, though, as they … more

It is high time we all understood citizenship

When new citizens take the oath of allegiance, it is the final step in a long, cumbersome process of achieving what many consider to be a dream come true – U.S. citizenship. It is a time of celebration, one new citizens should be able to … more

Always Thankful

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” — W. Clement Stone The story of the first Thanksgiving is described as two groups of people coming together to give thanks for the blessings in their lives. These people had … more

What would Jesus undo?

My intent in this series of columns has not been to explore What Would Jesus Do (WWJD), but What Would Jesus Undo (WWJU)? Over the past three weeks we’ve covered the topics of cheap grace, self esteem, and religion. In today’s column we’re … more

Why I won’t accept the election results

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. - Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) Let’s get my inflammatory title out of the way first. I will … more
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