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In 2006 we interviewed Dr. Huston Smith at the Crossings here in Austin. Dr. Smith, 87 at the time of our interview, had been the Chair and Professor of the Philosophy Department at MIT and was … more
“Blessed are you Lord our God, King of the universe, who has commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah lights.” With these words of blessing, Jews across the globe will begin a holiday celebration this … more
Dr. Robert Emmons is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, who specializes in the “science of gratitude.” Yes, the science of it, as he and his colleagues have … more
“Fact is, I had no reason to do it, and I just thought… (expletive deleted), life is boring so why not?”That’s what the Thousand Oaks shooter posted on Instagram, when he paused in the midst … more
The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas began his writing career while still a teenager. He dropped out of school, much to the chagrin of his father who was an English teacher, to pursue his literary interests, … more
As I write this article, it is 2:30 on November 6 and all of America is in a state of frenzy about the election results to be revealed later tonight and into many tomorrows. Soon it will be over, and … more
When Reese Harrison arrived at his dental office in Lynn Haven, Florida, the day after Hurricane Michael made landfall, the devastation was beyond imagination. Dr. Harrison’s building was in tact, … more
We’re going to have a Thanksgiving service this year and it’s always a challenge. Not the service itself, but what should be the main message. Of course we ought to say we’re thankful for a … more
“We all know things are bad — worse than bad — they’re crazy,” began the fictional Howard Beale in the film entitled, “Network.” An emotionally disturbed news anchor whose life had … more
One of the more articulate poets of antiquity was the harp-playing shepherd boy turned warrior and king, known as David. He wrote roughly half of the Psalms found in the Old Testament, and these … more
It was one of those really busy weeks where there was hardly enough time to breathe. For myself, I was glad the week was over and I could relax for the evening.“What do you want for supper?” The … more
It was this week more than seventy-five years ago, that one of the most harrowing personal dramas of the Second World War played itself out on a watery stage in the Central Pacific Ocean. Carrying a … more
You are a cut above. Almighty God has anointed you and created you to excel.  A cut above means you stand out. The Bible tells us of a man named Daniel. Daniel operated with an excellent spirit. … more
Traditionally, King Solomon has been regarded as the primary author of three books of the Old Testament. Some interpreters say he wrote Song of Songs while he was a lusty, young man (a book that … more
I finally figured it out.Y’know how a lot of times one person will remind you of someone else, but you just can’t quite put your finger on who that someone else is? That’s the way it’s been … more
This time around Editor Scott Coleman wants to know whether the perspective of ‘once saved, always saved’ can be reconciled with the belief that we must repent and seek forgiveness on a regular … more
This week’s question is frequently asked.  I’ve heard fascinating and sometimes loud discussions from laity and clergy alike. When asked, I usually cop out and say “That’s above my pay … more
The topic for this round table is: “Some teach the doctrine of once saved, always saved, and others preach repent and seek forgiveness always. Are the two teaching at odds?” Jesus said in … more
As a child, I remember watching evangelists on TV who purportedly healed people. People would walk up to the stage on crutches, then after a prayer would throw them down and walk or dance down the … more
It was Dr. Bill Leonard who best described my religious upbringing. Speaking for many who came to Christianity in the fire-and-brimstone of Appalachian fundamentalism, he said, “Some of us were … more
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