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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

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

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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christianity vs. White Supremacy

Earlier this week, Rev. Joseph C. Parker Jr. of David Chapel Baptist Church in Austin, addressed the Charlottesville alt-right rally and the response of the Austin Christian community. He lamented … more

Property owners deserve tax relief

Today, too many Texans are in danger of losing their homes because of rising property taxes. more

Science and Religion and Climate Change

I have seen some recent research data comparing religious beliefs with acceptance of basic scientific standards.  For instance, when it comes to climate change, people in the US are split as to the level of concern they have for it.  However, when … 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

Stop Thinking That Way

Most of our lives we have heard “the sky is the limit.”  The bible teaches us, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. What has caused you to put your dreams on hold?  What … more
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