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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

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

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

Eventually

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

Reflecting on the last breath of a healthcare plan

Republicans everywhere are rejoicing as they pull out their pens, eager to sign the death certificate for the Affordable Care Act. As Congress gloats about repealing the healthcare plan commonly known as Obamacare, it would be wise for everyone … more

What would Jesus undo?

My intent in this series of columns has not been to explore What Would Jesus Do (WWJD), but What Would Jesus Undo (WWJU)? Over the past three weeks we’ve covered the topics of cheap grace, self esteem, and religion. In today’s column we’re … 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

All hands on deck

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”— Martin Luther King, Jr.Very few Americans or migrants in this country today can trace their family tree to roots that were here in the very beginning. We can almost … more

Go vote

When the polls opened before dawn on Oct. 24, a mother stood in line outside the Cedar Park Public Library to cast her ballot. She had a young baby, probably not yet a year old, strapped to her chest, and a little girl in hand who was still wearing … more

Hunting is in my blood

My job description includes the words comic, speaker, writer, and soldier, but I’m looking to add hunter to the list. It’s been on my mind for a number of years. I’m not afraid to try new things, such as growing a garden this year. It was my … 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

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,I am responding to Father Wilcoxson’s column of Dec. 29. In it, he leaves no doubt that he believes the Orthodox church must be the “true” Christian church. Why? Because firstly he claims Orthodoxy never experienced the … more

Christ shows vulnerability of God

The Christmas season is at an end as I write this, so I thought I’d take a moment to share one mystery of the season that I have found meaningful this year. If our faith tradition claims that God comes to us in the form of a baby, then what we are … 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

Dropping my first deer

Going in to the Army, I didn’t know it, but I was really good with a rifle. Throughout basic marksmanship training, I was one of the top shooters, never shooting less than 36/40. I was so proficient with my weapon that I, along with five others, … more

My first pair of reading glasses

I enjoy reading but haven’t read many books in recent years. I always enjoyed reading the paper, too. Lately, however, the bulk of my reading involves a daily devotion, restaurant menus, and the proofreading of these articles. That’s about it. more

Can two walk together, except they be going to the same store?

After about a million days of toil, sweat and aggravation, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I decided to take a few days off and relax.I am not a real expert when it comes to relaxing. I have not pursued a Ph.D in relaxing and therefore it … more

No time to raise ethics questions

Monday night, in a U.S. House GOP conference meeting, Republicans voted 119-74 to essentially gut the independent power of the Office of Congressional Ethics.Not 24 hours later, the same Republicans were reversing course, already weary of the … more

Living in Eternity

Happy Easter, the celebration of the end of Winter and the renewal of life! The history of this holiday goes all the way back to when we observed a lunar calendar, which is to say this is a nature-based holiday which the Jews used to remember … more

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
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