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Why did God give us winter?

Living in Florida, my idea of winter is anytime the temperature drops below 60°. At that point, I do the shiver-me-timbers dance. You don’t want to know!I have a rare disease called Coldaphobia. As far as I know, there is no cure for this except … more

It’s all in the house: Cleaning out a good way to assess your spiritual life

Everything we need or want is always in the house. What does that mean exactly? I’m glad you asked. In the Bible, there was a woman who lost a coin. In total, there were 10 coins; however, she lost one. This woman was relentless in her search; she … more

Thank God I’m a Country Boy

I reckon I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, but since I don’t really listen to rock and roll, I’d have to say I’m more country than anything else. I’m not saying I’m country as a turnip green, but I did eat a plate … more

COOL Week students benefit local businesses

Students in Leander ISD are spending this week diving straight into the business world.Career Opportunities On Location (COOL) is a program that matches students with businesses related to their career goals, giving them firsthand experience into a … 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

When life has you in a holding pattern

Some of you gentle readers have piloted a plane. Most of us have been a passenger in a plane. Did you ever have to fly in a holding pattern? One time I was flying out of New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. We climbed to 10,000 feet and then started … 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

On the road and missing my fur babies

All was right in the world Thursday night as I had my dog’s head laying on my chest and my cat right smack dab next to my head. They love me. That’s for sure. After a week of traveling and boarding, we were all under one roof. I was pretty much … more

School choice a bad choice

One of the cornerstones of this Texas Legislative session is pushing through school choice legislation in what Republicans call an effort to improve education in Texas.This is nothing more than an assault on the public school system and an … more

A cup of joe says a lot about us

This week I came face-to-face with a genuine dilemma. I had several meetings across town and for some reason I miscalculated and ended up with a 2-1/2 hour gap between meetings. I hate to waste time, but if I drove back to my office, I would simply … more

Roundtable: Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?

Once again our clever editor has posed a tricky question for us naïve pastors. “Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?”I started working on how to tip-toe through these “gotcha!” words … 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

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

Roundtable: Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?

The round table this month brings the question: “Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?” Should they? Of course. Relationships can be categorized into three distinct areas: public, private … more

Roundtable: Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views than you?

It’s a curious word, that word, “should.” Should I take out the trash? Should I brush my teeth? Should I exercise? There are some things that we do that are simply good for us to do. If we don’t do them, then there are … 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

Americans can’t disagree on facts

“I think sometimes we can disagree with facts.”– White House Press Secretary Sean SpicerPolicy aside, the Trump presidency got off to an odd beginning Saturday when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made some specific claims about … more

Know your pets’ signals

Last week, Abbey, my cat, started urinating all over my house as if she was a four-year-old boy who’d just discovered that the world was his urinal. After doing some online research, I cleaned out her litter box more often than usual and moved her … more

Sample editorial cartoon

Everything old is getting older still

A friend of mine has a saying, "I'm going to get as old as I possibly can get." From what I can tell, he has. I must agree with his sentiment. Of course, the alternative is… well you know. Another friend of mine likes to tell me, "Brother, you're … more
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