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Trust your heart: It knows the way

A long time ago, say 1964, across America there were four big magazines, Time, Look, Life and Saturday Evening Post.  There were three television channels, and in Dallas, where I grew up, there were three radio stations. We got what we knew from … more

Where in the world does time go?

I remember my grandfather telling me that the older you get the faster time flies. Laughing at him at the time I thought it was another of his little stories he loved telling.Just the other day I caught myself telling one of my grandchildren, “The … 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

I’ll do it first thing tomorrow. Now, what did you want?

You would think being a husband as long as I have been I would have learned the fine art of negotiating with my wife. And trust me, it is an artistic creation.When I got married, somebody told me that marriage was a 50-50 proposition, which being … more

The strange myth of multitasking

I have been pondering a delicate question this week. Why is it I can only do one thing at a time? If only I could do several things at a time, I could get more accomplished.The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is an expert when it comes to … more

Single, but not alone

So another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and, once again, you just stood on the sidelines and watched while everyone else did all the romance stuff. You watched while everyone else did the special date thing and the traditional flower thing … 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

It’s all in the house: Cleaning out a good way to assess your spiritual life

Everything we need or want is always in the house. What does that mean exactly? I’m glad you asked. In the Bible, there was a woman who lost a coin. In total, there were 10 coins; however, she lost one. This woman was relentless in her search; she … 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

When life has you in a holding pattern

Some of you gentle readers have piloted a plane. Most of us have been a passenger in a plane. Did you ever have to fly in a holding pattern? One time I was flying out of New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. We climbed to 10,000 feet and then started … more

A cup of joe says a lot about us

This week I came face-to-face with a genuine dilemma. I had several meetings across town and for some reason I miscalculated and ended up with a 2-1/2 hour gap between meetings. I hate to waste time, but if I drove back to my office, I would simply … more

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

Once again our clever editor has posed a tricky question for us naïve pastors. “Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?”I started working on how to tip-toe through these “gotcha!” words … 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

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

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

The round table this month brings the question: “Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?” Should they? Of course. Relationships can be categorized into three distinct areas: public, private … more

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

It’s a curious word, that word, “should.” Should I take out the trash? Should I brush my teeth? Should I exercise? There are some things that we do that are simply good for us to do. If we don’t do them, then there are … 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

Everything old is getting older still

A friend of mine has a saying, "I'm going to get as old as I possibly can get." From what I can tell, he has. I must agree with his sentiment. Of course, the alternative is… well you know. Another friend of mine likes to tell me, "Brother, you're … more

Making a silk purse from a sow’s ear

This week we will inaugurate the 45th President of the United States.  According to Pew Research more than 60 percent of all white Christians are registered as and vote for Republicans.  If this metric describes you, this may be a time of … 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
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