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A plan is needed to help ‘Children of God’

Children of God. That is how the dead children of Syria were referred to by our president this past week. However, children (and adults) have been dying in Syria for several years. To date, somewhere between 400,000 – 500,000 Syrians have died in … 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

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

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

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

Give your old stuff to others, not the landfill

My neighbor moved out this week. I learned that when I found a moving truck blocking my car and I couldn’t get out of the driveway. No matter — by the end of the day, the truck was gone.In its place, however, was a queen-sized pillow-top … more

Do We Still Have Prophets Today?

Faith Column for Hill Country News Thursday, March 8, 2018 more

Recovering from Harvey

Seeing how citizens have responded to Hurricane Harvey should make all Texans proud. more

ROUNDTABLE: Use the scientific approach

 So, our question for the first Roundtable of 2018 is about science and faith: “can they coexist in religious rhetoric?The short answer is “Sure, they can”—and we’ll demonstrate how … more

In life and in all things, run to win

In life, it’s nice to win. Frankly, it feels great! Winning builds confidence, inspires hope through the victory and challenges you to reach higher and go further. Today, I want to encourage you to “run to win.” The Bible says it rains on the … more

A suspicious mind is a terrible thing to waste

I have discovered over the years several types of minds. The “open mind,” which catches everything except the truth. The “analytical mind” which organizes everything to the point of sterility. The “closed mind” which you can bounce ideas … more

Sermons are protected free speech under the first amendment

Our editor Nick has once again come up with a politically charged question which he wants us non-political pastors to solve or at least address.  As with the last Roundtable question about … more

Faith Roundtable: Should the churches be taxed just like regular organizations?

Should the churches be taxed just like regular organizations?   Well, in the olden days, it was understood there was an agreed upon barrier between the church and the state.  The … more

Endorsing candidates in our faith communities

Churches are politically active institutions either by intention or by default. When we seek to end hunger, homelessness, poverty, or other injustices, we move in a political world, albeit from our … more

We can all learn something from Polaris

One of the most important discoveries in our long history concerns the Pole Star.


What real tax reform could look like

No matter our politics, most Americans have a beef with taxes. And it’s no wonder. more

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

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

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
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