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Luther’s reformation began 500 years ago

2017 is the 500th anniversary of The Protestant Reformation, and this is the second in a series of columns about some of the important consequences of that event.A good way to illustrate those consequences is with stories, so let’s consider a true … more

What’s the Message?

My church posted the sign that’s pictured with this column out by the entrance to our facility. Twice now, someone has taken it down. more

ROUNDTABLE: Use the scientific approach

 So, our question for the first Roundtable of 2018 is about science and faith: “can they coexist in religious rhetoric?The short answer is “Sure, they can”—and we’ll demonstrate how … more

In life and in all things, run to win

In life, it’s nice to win. Frankly, it feels great! Winning builds confidence, inspires hope through the victory and challenges you to reach higher and go further. Today, I want to encourage you to “run to win.” The Bible says it rains on the … more

A suspicious mind is a terrible thing to waste

I have discovered over the years several types of minds. The “open mind,” which catches everything except the truth. The “analytical mind” which organizes everything to the point of sterility. The “closed mind” which you can bounce ideas … more

Sermons are protected free speech under the first amendment

Our editor Nick has once again come up with a politically charged question which he wants us non-political pastors to solve or at least address.  As with the last Roundtable question about … more

Faith Roundtable: Should the churches be taxed just like regular organizations?

Should the churches be taxed just like regular organizations?   Well, in the olden days, it was understood there was an agreed upon barrier between the church and the state.  The … more

Endorsing candidates in our faith communities

Churches are politically active institutions either by intention or by default. When we seek to end hunger, homelessness, poverty, or other injustices, we move in a political world, albeit from our … more

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

Well, The Pope, the Dali Lama and even I think the answer to this is a simple YES.  We love our pets. But we eat and hunt animals and we consider many to be enemies, predators and dangerous. We even celebrate when our President’s two sons kill … more

We can all learn something from Polaris

One of the most important discoveries in our long history concerns the Pole Star.

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Black eye causes quandary of the first order

Quandaries come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. As someone who is somewhat of a connoisseur in this area, I can readily attest to this. However, many do not realize quandaries come in two categories.First are those quandaries that come … more

Trip to the Holy Land is life changing

I’ve been privileged to travel to the Holy Land twice in the past seven years. I’ll lead another group next January on a 10-day in-depth visit to important Biblical sites. If you like, … more

Do Christians Have the Right of Way?

When I first got out of Seminary I was really proud and excited to wear my new clerical collar at every opportunity. more

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

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

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: 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
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