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My Garden of Life

I just finished watering my crops. Since most of them are planted in 5-gallon buckets with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, I have to water them just about every day. It seems that the ones planted into the earth stay hydrated longer and … more

Corporate interests are warping the internet

Ajit Pai, the current FCC chairman and a former lawyer for Verizon, has repealed net neutrality. To do this, he had to solicit public to comment on the matter. more

Birds, Bees, and Knobby Knees

 No one ever promised us life would be easy. We all face challenges and have our shares of ups and downs. I’ve had more ups and downs than a kangaroo on a Pogo Stick all jacked up on Mountain Dew, and that’s okay. I wouldn’t be the person I … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: Faith column writer Dale Chrisman didn’t have a contact number at the end of his column. I only got as far as the first two paragraphs before I sensed I was reading similar unenlightened nonsense found in the pages of the Austin … more

Exploring the nature of truth

One of the things I’ve learned in my life is that truth is controversial. You wouldn’t think so, would you? I mean truth is truth. The opposite of truth is lies. No one would willingly choose a lie over the truth…or would they? Have you ever … more

Putting the law on the side of crime victims

While there are things I enjoy about public service, there are times when we deal with issues that are not fun, but are of critical importance. more

The Amazing Wonder of A.G.E.

I have just celebrated my recent birthday. By now, it is getting to be old business for me. Just another day of the year to celebrate something, which just happens to be my birthday.I believe that if it is my birthday, I should be able to celebrate … more

Is the Whole World Crazy or Is It Just Me?

Driving across town the other day I was nearly hit by four different vehicles. One ran a stop sign, another swerved in front of me and almost hit me and I’m sure the other two were on their cell … more

Luther’s reformation began 500 years ago

2017 is the 500th anniversary of The Protestant Reformation, and this is the second in a series of columns about some of the important consequences of that event.A good way to illustrate those consequences is with stories, so let’s consider a true … more

Abbott's pen cut transparency like a sword

Editor’s note: This editorial was previously published in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, reprinted with permission.With the simple act of signing his name, Gov. Greg Abbott completed a trifecta of failure by all branches of state government to … more

A sweet church with sweet people

Last Sunday, I was the guest speaker at Eagle Creek Baptist Church in Middle of Nowhere, Alabama. The church is just a few miles from where both my mama and daddy grew up. In fact, my maternal grandparents are buried in the nearby Eagle Creek … more

What’s the Message?

My church posted the sign that’s pictured with this column out by the entrance to our facility. Twice now, someone has taken it down. more

Where do you look for a lost voice?

It has been a quiet week at the parsonage. Far quieter than usual. I cannot remember a time when it was quieter. If silence is golden, the week glowed with a yellow brilliance.Have you ever noticed when you lose something, it is always in the last … more

The Horse Whisperer and Ice Cream

Lucy, Emily, and I were driving to Mimi’s house and talking about who knows what. I’m sure it was something I was doing wrong. You know, ever since she’s been pregnant, I can do no right. more

The Leander ISD 2017 Bond: Footing the bill

We encourage a vote of FOR on the Leander ISD bond issue. Here's why.  more

Trump and Puerto Rico: robbery and chaos

“When rich speculators prosper While farmers lose their land; when government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures; when the upper class is extravagant and … more

Keep protesting for the church

Today, there are about 2.2 billion Christians in the world, with a billion or so Catholics and Protestants in each group. The Orthodox, Anglican and other independent communities of faith round out … more

Some things are crystal clear

Most men are proud of their power tools. Last week, I tried putting up a mailbox but ran into all sorts of issues. My drill just wasn’t getting the job done. I couldn’t get the wood screws to screw all the way into the wood. I was bummed. I felt … more

The coming spiritual tailwind

For the past year America has been fighting a headwind brought about by the struggle to preserve our American Democracy. As 2017 ended, we were given hints that the winds have shifted and we are … more

Analysis: For three Texas leaders, even some losses could be victories

The special session of the Texas Legislature could come out like a soccer tournament for for 5-year-olds: No matter what happens, everybody gets a trophy … more
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