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Recovering from Harvey

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

Here’s what you get to take with you

I stood at the foot of my father’s bed in Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on October 9, 1975. more

Those annoying sounds of silence

It was in the 60s when Simon and Garfunkel recorded their famous song, “The Sounds of Silence.” more

Why I joined an 8 hour sit-in at Gov. Abbott’s office and was arrested

On Sept. 5, 2017, President Trump ordered an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) threatening the freedom of 124,000 young adults in Texas and 800,000 nationwide. This is one of … more

Don Roberts is Dining with God

By any definition, Don Roberts lived a successful life. He loved God. He loved his family, friends, and former students. 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

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

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

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

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

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

The Endless Flow of Ink

This past week I had my yearly visit with my doctor. Believe me, it was no vacation but it did vacate the cash in my wallet. It was not the loss I needed at the time. It is amazing about my … 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

Austin isn’t Washington D.C.

Since I entered public service in 2009, first as a member of the Cedar Park City Council and now as a state representative, I’ve met thousands of people in our area.  As you can imagine, … 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

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

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

Do Christians Have the Right of Way?

When I first got out of Seminary I was really proud and excited to wear my new clerical collar at every opportunity. more

Fruitful Family and Friends

I’m always up to trying new things. A couple of weeks ago, I tried figs. I even climbed a ladder, fought with bees, and picked them—figs, not bees. more

Should President Trump Quit?

Should President Donald Trump quit? A large percentage of Americans voted against him and continue to dislike him. more
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