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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

Release the measuring tape?

In life, it can become easy to compare where you are to where others might be. We might not notice the comparison at first or you may talk yourself out of it. However, when continued, those patterns … more

Austin isn’t Washington D.C.

Since I entered public service in 2009, first as a member of the Cedar Park City Council and now as a state representative, I’ve met thousands of people in our area.  As you can imagine, … more

We see them trollin’, they hatin’

Perhaps sitting behind a computer and telling someone off makes some people feel tough and powerful. It’s easier than ever to bash someone when you can do it anonymously in the safety of your screen, never having to make eye contact or have any … 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

You might be a Protestant after all

A lot of people don’t know it, but 2017 is the anniversary of one of the most momentous events in the history of Western Christianity. It is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.It was back in 1517, that groups of Christians began … more

Interim committee gives legislature a new chance to improve open government laws

Five of the most frightening words to hear from elected officials from all levels of government are these:  “I’m all for transparency, but….” The phrase following the “but” is usually an excuse to weaken government transparency, not … more

Paying it Forward

Recently, I wrote a column on the late Don Roberts. I received more positive feedback from that column than anything I’ve ever written. Coach Roberts talked the talk and, more importantly, walked the walk. more

Letter to the editor - 10/5/17

During the past two years scores of letters and many editorials and commentaries about the Confederate soldier statue on the Williamson County courthouse square have been published in local … 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

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

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


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

Attention candidates: visionaries needed for mayor

It’s the end of an era. Last week, both Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell and Leander Mayor Chris Fielder announced they will not be seeking reelection this May.


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: Why do bad things happen to good people?

The most common question I receive is “Why do bad things happen to good people?” That is such a tough subject because the things categorized as unfortunate, vary in range and impact from one family to another. 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
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