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The Beatitudes as written by Jesus and revised by Satan

On my trip to the Holy Land in January, we spent time at the Church of the Beatitudes on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and walked on the hillside where it’s thought that Jesus taught His Sermon on the Mount. One of the pastors shared that he … more

Did someone just hack my thermometer?

I do not like to complain (except on certain occasions when nobody is listening) but I am not too happy with the weather these days. I have never felt so cold before.Is it true that the older you get, the less cold temperature you can stand? If it … more

Celebrating one of life’s great moments with my wife

By Dr. James L. SnyderOut to PastorAt times, it seems as if there is absolutely no justice in this world, and then something wonderful happens making up for almost everything. This past week I was fortunate enough to experience one of those rare … more

Faith Roundtable: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part that sweeps most of us up?

I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a car this morning that said, “Christmas is for Christ.”  Right next to it were four other bumper stickers: “Native Texan,” “I love Beef,” “In God We Trust” and “I am a Christian and I … more

For some, Easter is a hop and a skip

As may be expected, Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Although I prefer to call it Resurrection Sunday, I am not easily offended by words. Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.”It … more

Keeping time as a Christian not so easy

So this coming Sunday is Jan. 1, 2017, but while most American Christians will be celebrating New Year’s Day, we Orthodox will be celebrating the Feast of the Circumcision, because we celebrated the beginning of the New Year back on Sept. 1 of … more

The mythology of the Reformation

This year, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, so, for the last few months, I’ve been using these columns to examine some of the consequences of that event.But, this time around, I’m going to have help with my column. … more

Bathroom bill is bad for Texas, officials, readers say

Last week, the Texas Lege began their $1 million special session, ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott.One of the main reasons why the session was called is because Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a must-pass bill involving the reauthorization of the Texas medical … more

Just like me, all my friends are getting old

Getting old seems to be a long and slow process. The longer it goes the older you get.I didn’t really think I was getting old until a few weeks ago I was visiting with some friends from high school. You know those old high school friends that you … more

Jesus would undo nothing

Dear Editor, For centuries the Roman Catholic Church taught the way to salvation was to pay the local priest so he could redeem your soul.  In his “What Would Jesus Undo?” Pastor Martin Brauer rightly claimed that the Reformation reversed … more

Faith Roundtable: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part that sweeps most of us up?

One of the advantages of being an Anglican – and there are many – is that we observe and celebrate the church season of Advent. Advent is simply the four weeks leading up to the Incarnation (Christmas), the birth of Christ. During Advent, … more

Behold, the Christmas Grinch cometh

I never have to look at the calendar to know when the Christmas holiday season is approaching. As soon as I lay down my fork on Thanksgiving Day, the battle drums begin to roll. Somebody, who apparently does not have much of a life, takes a pot shot … more

It is high time we all understood citizenship

When new citizens take the oath of allegiance, it is the final step in a long, cumbersome process of achieving what many consider to be a dream come true – U.S. citizenship. It is a time of celebration, one new citizens should be able to … more

Elected to represent

We believe strongly that elected officials should be responsive to all of their constituents, regardless of party affiliation and regardless of voting history. more

Reflecting on the role of church as a sanctuary

I am wondering to what lengths any of us might go to preserve our lives, preserve the lives of our loved ones and find a place of safety and sanctuary? Would we cross a border to a “promised land?” Even if we didn’t have all the paperwork?I … more

Be resolute, be involved

The new year is upon us and for 2017 our plan should be to be resolute. There’s no more room to be on the sidelines in America, watching the country rush by as we sit in the comfort of our own lives. There is no more comfort zone. There is no … more

Breaking down the Protestant Reformation

This year is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, so over the last few months, I’ve been writing about some of the important consequences of that event. And one of the biggest … more

America’s easy fake news fix

“We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.”– Denis DiderotIt wasn’t until I was reminded of one of my father’s most aggravating comments to me as a child that the light … more

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, Texas public education funding is in a crisis and Lt. Governor Patrick is trying to make it worse. Public schools are already suffering from previous cuts in state funding. Now Patrick wants to pass a state law placing an arbitrary … more

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Inside of you are seeds of greatness. You are called to be unique yet distinguished; fearfully and wonderfully made. Your life up to this point may reflect accomplishments here and there. Or you may think the past holds your greatest days or worst … more
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