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Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

For this roundtable discussion, Ashley the Editor wants us to answer the question, “Do animals have souls?”Across the centuries, Christians have approached that question in a variety of ways. The historic consensus is that, yes, animals do have … more

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls

First and foremost it is important to establish that mankind’s soul is made up of one’s mind, will and emotions. In Genesis 1:24-27, God delineates the difference between man and animal.  In verses 24-25, God describes his creation of the … more

‘Healthier’ is actually a relative term

I planned on killing my first deer this year. It would have been nice to have that trophy buck hanging on my wall next to Jesus, Bo Jackson and Velvet Elvis, but that touch of class will have to wait until next year. I may not have been blessed with … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,I am totally aghast at what’s currently going on in Washington D. C.  If it wasn’t so serious, it would be funny and could be a script for a Keystone Cop movie.  The Republicans have never liked the Obama Heath Care Plan and have … more

A Day Without a Woman

Last week, it was extremely difficult to find anyone in Cedar Park or Leander who was participating in the A Day Without a Woman strike. In fact, there were several locals who had no idea what the movement was at all.For those who don’t know, last … more

I am easily confused by Daylight Savings... So what time is it?

When it comes to certain things, I am quite a bit confused. One thing has to do with time. What I want to know, what time is it?I do not know why time cannot be the same for everybody. After all, everybody is squirming about equal rights. Why … more

Trust your heart: It knows the way

A long time ago, say 1964, across America there were four big magazines, Time, Look, Life and Saturday Evening Post.  There were three television channels, and in Dallas, where I grew up, there were three radio stations. We got what we knew from … more

Having a little patience usually pays off

Patience is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset. For the most part, I have patience; I just hate waiting. It used to not be a problem. I chalk it up to my PTSD. On Friday, I was … more

Spring forward?

Daylight saving time is something that people love or hate depending on the time of the year. This weekend, we will be setting our clocks an hour ahead. However, this might become a thing of the past in Texas.Three bills filed this legislative … more

Where in the world does time go?

I remember my grandfather telling me that the older you get the faster time flies. Laughing at him at the time I thought it was another of his little stories he loved telling.Just the other day I caught myself telling one of my grandchildren, “The … more

Caroline and the eight-year attitude adjustment

I was seven years old when my mom announced she was pregnant, though it was obvious by that time, from all of my parents’ “subtle” hints. Until then, I had been an only child. A neurotic only child; I didn’t like change.“Touch the bump!” … more

Life is full of special moments

Friday was a special day. I had the honor of giving the closing keynote at the Alabama Conference of Social Work in beautiful Orange Beach, Ala. My role and goal was to show my appreciation for conference attendees and to send them on their way … more

Extra, Extra

In the past few weeks, you might have noticed that the paper that has been coming to your house for years is no longer in your driveway. Don’t worry, it’s not personal. With the explosive growth in both Leander and Cedar Park we have started … 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

I’ll do it first thing tomorrow. Now, what did you want?

You would think being a husband as long as I have been I would have learned the fine art of negotiating with my wife. And trust me, it is an artistic creation.When I got married, somebody told me that marriage was a 50-50 proposition, which being … more

Your text can wait

Texting while driving is illegal in all but four states. Although dozens of Texas cities, including Austin, have outlawed texting while driving, the state still hasn’t managed to ban the reckless act. While there are state laws preventing texting … more

The strange myth of multitasking

I have been pondering a delicate question this week. Why is it I can only do one thing at a time? If only I could do several things at a time, I could get more accomplished.The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is an expert when it comes to … more

Single, but not alone

So another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and, once again, you just stood on the sidelines and watched while everyone else did all the romance stuff. You watched while everyone else did the special date thing and the traditional flower thing … more

Dropping my first deer

Going in to the Army, I didn’t know it, but I was really good with a rifle. Throughout basic marksmanship training, I was one of the top shooters, never shooting less than 36/40. I was so proficient with my weapon that I, along with five others, … more

Black History Month deserves our attention

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr. It’s Black History Month, a time to remember and honor the accomplishments and milestones of black Americans throughout history. It isn’t … more
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