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Christians and Halloween

Yes, there is a Christian connection to Halloween. October 31 is called “All Hallows Eve.” The next day, Nov. 1 is always All Saints Day. Most historians say the origins of Halloween can … more

Halloween may be fun, but it’s not Christian

Halloween is not a Christian holiday. It can be a controversial subject amongst Christian circles. Controversy usually surrounds the symbols, historical inception, various activities to include … more

Celebrating All Saint’s Day

Like most any kid growing up in America, I went trick-or-treating. In my day, more than likely, my costume was homemade and my candy container was a pillow case.  We didn’t really … more

Praying for the dead

In Holy Orthodoxy we don’t do Halloween. That’s not because we find the whole idea offensive—more about that below—it’s just because we use a different calendar. You … more

Angel in disguise

America is on the ride of our lives, and if you are like me, you spend a lot of time trying to understand what this is all about. After living under the leadership of one of the best educated … more

Dealing with Tuesday, the worst day of the week

The worst day of the week for me is Monday. That means that I’m starting a new week and usually I have to start from scratch. All the things around me that annoy me, make me itchy and I have to … more

ROUNDTABLE: Dealing with frequently asked concerns

As I consider the variety of questions I get asked, it would be difficult to say what is the most prevalent. There are a few that stand out as general concerns. For instance, when people … more

ROUNDTABLE: Why do bad things happen to good people?

The most common question I receive is “Why do bad things happen to good people?” That is such a tough subject because the things categorized as unfortunate, vary in range and impact from one family to another. more

ROUNDTABLE: God answers souls' needs

Looking back over the past few years, I hear many people asking, “How can I get……?”, or, “Why can’t I make this or that happen?” Behind that question is the implied belief that “Since … more

ROUNDTABLE: Orthodox fasting: what's that?

I didn’t have to think long at all about this particular Round Table topic: ‘What is the most commonly asked question you receive and how do you answer it?’ That’s an easy one for me, but … more

Death is not the end of our lives

We seem to be surrounded by death, lately, don’t we? Earthquakes, hurricanes, Las Vegas mass shooting, gang violence in some of our cities. Did I mention cancer and heart disease? It’s … more

Wake up, it’s not too late

It is the beginning of the year and we are well into January. I want to encourage you it is not too late! It is not too late to wake up. It is not too late to begin again, dream again and live again. more

Stop Thinking That Way

Most of our lives we have heard “the sky is the limit.”  The bible teaches us, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. What has caused you to put your dreams on hold?  What … more

The Endless Flow of Ink

This past week I had my yearly visit with my doctor. Believe me, it was no vacation but it did vacate the cash in my wallet. It was not the loss I needed at the time. It is amazing about my … more

The mythology of the Reformation

This year, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, so, for the last few months, I’ve been using these columns to examine some of the consequences of that event. But, … more

Good Things Are Coming Your Way

Good things are coming your way. Make room for God’s blessing, health, solutions, successful plans, and increase. The Bible tells us in Psalm 103:5 He (the Lord) fills our years with good things … more

How the Light Gets In

Sheldon “Shel” Silverstein had one of the more extraordinary literary, music, and art careers you will ever read about, though many people will not recognize his name or face. He was the … more

Move on, move forward with life

Every chapter of our life has a purpose and a reason. Just as chapters open and close, they are designed for moving on and moving forward. more

FAITH ROUNDTABLE: Robison

Trick question.There may be as many as 5,000 religions and at least 5,000 correct names for God extant in the world today.And, to make matters more interesting, there is only one God.The good news is … more

FAITH ROUNDTABLE: Chrisman

I will confess when I read the editor’s Roundtable assignment, I was semi-panicked. On the surface, it seemed a difficult theological conundrum and he really had me sweating. After I analyzed it, … more
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