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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

Roundtable: Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?

“People are being punished for persecuting Christians.” “Our Buddhist shrines survived…God has given this curse to show that Buddhism is still alive.” I vividly recall these troubling religious responses to the devastating Indian Ocean … 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

Eventually

Two years ago today, nine beautiful people were shot and killed inside the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. As it has been with a growing list of terroristic tragedies in this world, I remember exactly where I was … 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

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

Roundtable: Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?

For this roundtable, Ashley the Editor asks, “Should you form strong relationships with those who have different religious views than you?”Since we columnists are encouraged to keep these reflections to about 800 words, I’m going to interpret … 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

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

Can two walk together, except they be going to the same store?

After about a million days of toil, sweat and aggravation, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I decided to take a few days off and relax.I am not a real expert when it comes to relaxing. I have not pursued a Ph.D in relaxing and therefore it … more

Living in Eternity

Happy Easter, the celebration of the end of Winter and the renewal of life! The history of this holiday goes all the way back to when we observed a lunar calendar, which is to say this is a nature-based holiday which the Jews used to remember … 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

Science and Religion and Climate Change

I have seen some recent research data comparing religious beliefs with acceptance of basic scientific standards.  For instance, when it comes to climate change, people in the US are split as to the level of concern they have for it.  However, when … more

Roundtable: Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?

A new video was released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God.  He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in … 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

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

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

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
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