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One of London’s key geographical reference points is the Charing Cross. It’s near the center of the city and it’s commonly used as a reference point in giving directions. A little girl … more
There are a few formal or written prayers that I return to over the years. One is the Prayer of St. Francis, beginning with that excellent phrase, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” … more
This coming Sunday, March 17, is St Patrick’s Day, and, if you have been cruising social media for ‘Things to Do on St Patrick’s Day’ then you know that there is a lot going on this weekend. … more
In this roundtable, Scott wants us to discuss whether religious organizations should be tax-exempt. The idea must be gaining some traction, because Scott’s predecessor at The Hill Country News had … more
Well, yes, I can. Drive down any major street in Austin, or any town in The Bible Belt, and you will see huge churches. In fact, church is big business. And it is supported by your taxes based on the … more
The round table question is “Can you make an argument in support of, or against, the tax-exempt status of churches, which some estimate is worth more than $80 billion a year in the U.S.?” … more
“Love covers a multitude of sins,” Saint Peter wrote. I know this is true, for I have experienced it, most dramatically on a Valentine’s Day many decades ago. Like any poor, college-aged … more
There was a man in the Bible named David. He was the youngest of eight brothers. He was known for his love for worship and described as a handsome fellow. David was a shepherd boy. As such, he was … more
“Once upon a time there were a fisherman and his wife who lived in a hovel by the sea.” So begins a story by the Brothers Grimm, a story not as well known as “Cinderella” or “Hansel and … more
In the olden days, say 50 years ago, it was common for people to critique Christians as being hypocrites. The Dictionary defines hypocrisy as: The pretending of having virtues, principals, or beliefs … more
From time to time, folks will ask me, “Do the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit really speak to us?” And when I assure them that the Most Holy Trinity does, indeed, communicate with us, the next … more
Happy New Year! We declare this year will be the year of breakthrough! Making room is necessary for increase and expansion in our lives. The Bible tells us in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who … more
I hope it’s not too soon to say it, but you probably spent too much money this holiday season. It’s understandable, and I am not without compassion for you or your bank statement. Your list was … more
Christmas traditions are hardly monolithic. The season is celebrated with as much colorful variety as the pretty paper and shiny ribbons encasing the gifts under the tree. And speaking of that tree, … more
Christmas traditions are hardly monolithic. The season is celebrated with as much colorful variety as the pretty paper and shiny ribbons encasing the gifts under the tree. And speaking of that tree, … more
A friend gave me a little book a few weeks with a startling title: “Sum: Forty Tales From The Afterlives,” written by neuroscientist David Eagleman. My first thought was that it was about people … more
One of the most remarkable passages in Scripture is Jesus’s appearance to the disciples on the evening following his resurrection. The disciples are cowering behind locked doors, for fear that the … more
Christmas is a special time of year. It is one of our favorite family holidays. Christmas is a time when the entire world celebrates the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the … more
For me, personally, my Christmas memories always involve family — first, my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Then, later in life it involved my wife, two daughters and five grandchildren. … more
Karen and I have spent almost every one of our adult Christmases managing church observances and worship. Now our children live away with their children and we are free to celebrate Christmas as we … more
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