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Rethinking death's choices

Recently, as I walked though our hospital on my patient rounds, my pager lit up with a summons to the trauma room of the...


Thou shalt not use God's name for gain

Have you ever gone where you simply weren't wanted? As a hospital chaplain, I've entered plenty of rooms where I wasn't wanted.


Try these 5 'spiritual pick-up lines '

How do people answer you when you ask, "How are you?"


Lighting a fire for change

I was a freshly minted minister in 1984 when I preached an "audition sermon" before 26 parishioners at First Southern Baptist...


Meeting the 'believing unbeliever'

Recently, I asked the iPhone's personal assistant, known as Siri, to help me find a Bible verse.


Churches reach out and serve their communities

I sometimes hear folks argue that organized religion does no good. Religion has started wars, they say, and witch-hunts, The...


Seeing what's in front of you can be hard

'Honey," I said to my wife in that tone I get after binge-watching the Travel Channel. "I think we should move to Denver."


Books introduce an array of emotions

For several years, I've used my Labor Day column to share book recommendations. This year, my endorsements include books that run...


Compassion is a mission-critical part of faith

If you're in the Air Force, there is one name you never want to be called: "Airman Snuffy." It's a pejorative term that military...


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