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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

Did someone just hack my thermometer?

I do not like to complain (except on certain occasions when nobody is listening) but I am not too happy with the weather these days. I have never felt so cold before.Is it true that the older you get, the less cold temperature you can stand? If it … more

Celebrating one of life’s great moments with my wife

By Dr. James L. SnyderOut to PastorAt times, it seems as if there is absolutely no justice in this world, and then something wonderful happens making up for almost everything. This past week I was fortunate enough to experience one of those rare … 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

For some, Easter is a hop and a skip

As may be expected, Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Although I prefer to call it Resurrection Sunday, I am not easily offended by words. Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.”It … more

Keeping time as a Christian not so easy

So this coming Sunday is Jan. 1, 2017, but while most American Christians will be celebrating New Year’s Day, we Orthodox will be celebrating the Feast of the Circumcision, because we celebrated the beginning of the New Year back on Sept. 1 of … more

Just like me, all my friends are getting old

Getting old seems to be a long and slow process. The longer it goes the older you get.I didn’t really think I was getting old until a few weeks ago I was visiting with some friends from high school. You know those old high school friends that you … 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

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

Reflecting on the role of church as a sanctuary

I am wondering to what lengths any of us might go to preserve our lives, preserve the lives of our loved ones and find a place of safety and sanctuary? Would we cross a border to a “promised land?” Even if we didn’t have all the paperwork?I … more

Breaking down the Protestant Reformation

This year is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, so over the last few months, I’ve been writing about some of the important consequences of that event. And one of the biggest … more

One birth changed everything

There was one birth that shook the world and split time in half.  There was one birth that overcame death as He breathed life. There was one birth who received gifts fit for a King; gold, frankincense and myrrh. There was one birth with the power … more

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

I believe the answer to our question is no, animals don’t have souls. However, before you stop reading, let me say I believe this is a more complex theological issue. Because animals may not have souls doesn’t mean they aren’t in Heaven. In … 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
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