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Some Political Signs in my Town

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In a couple of months, we’ll be decorating our homes for Christmas. In the meanwhile, many Americans choose to decorate their front yards with political signs. Check out these options from my town of Boerne, Texas. Actually, this isn’t a […]

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What Would You Expect from “The Worst BAR-B-Q in Texas”?

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So if you go to a restaurant that prides itself as having “the worst BAR-B-Q in Texas,” you really shouldn’t be too surprised to see unusual signs in the eating area, like the one below. Hmmm. Gives you a lot […]

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Only in Texas

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A recent headline is encouraging. Somehow, the buses in Seguin, Texas are able to imbue politeness into seventh grade boys: This store has something for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. You don’t see this sort of thing in California!

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Closed on Sunday

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As I was driving along in San Antonio recently, I glimpsed a sign that grabbed my attention. Since I wasn’t quite sure I saw it right, I did a big loop to confirm my I had seen (not an easy […]

A Texas Bike Ride

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Recently my son and I went on a bike ride not far from our house in Boerne, Texas. It was a cool autumn afternoon. The skies were filled with marshmallow clouds as we road past small ranches in the Hill […]

Texas Wildflowers

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Before I moved to Texas, I never associated this state with wildflowers. But now, after a year living in Texas, wildflowers are right at the top of my list when it comes to what I associate with my new state. […]

A Texas Surprise

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When I commute to and from work these days, driving about thirty minutes along Interstate 10 just outside of San Antonio, Texas, I keep seeing these giant trucks hauling giant white blades. This morning, for example, I saw four trucks […]

Only in England . . . and Texas!

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Even those who have never made the trek to the English countryside outside of Salisbury will recognize Stonehenge. It is one of the world’s most famous historical sites. Scholars aren’t exactly sure what motivated the people who built Stonehenge. It […]

Mo Ranch . . . Only in Texas

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Last week my church enjoyed a retreat at Mo Ranch in the Hill Country of Texas (about 90 minutes from San Antonio; 30 minutes from Laity Lodge). Mo Ranch was not named for Moe of Three Stooges fame, but for […]

My Son’s New High School

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My son began 10th grade this year at a brand new high school: Boerne Samuel V. Champion High School in, you guessed it, Boerne, Texas. The school was named after a beloved, lifelong resident of Boerne who was also a […]

Only in Texas . . .

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Here’s a photo of a recent billboard at the community center in my hometown of Boerne. I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of interested in the “PLUMBING GUITAR DANCE.” I’ve been to plenty of dances in my life, […]

Some Strange Texas Sights

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Trucks are everywhere in Texas. This is true even during times of high gas prices, though I’ve heard that sales of trucks are down. For most of us, trucks are a means of transportation along paved roads. But some folks […]

Some Texas Critters

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One of the things I’m enjoying about Texas is the wildlife. My family and I live in the Hill Country outside of San Antonio, a relatively rural spot with lots of wildlife, both native to the area and exotic. (Did […]

Headlines You Don’t See Every Day . . .

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Today as I was scanning the latest edition of The Boerne Star, my hometown paper, I read several headlines that impressed me as being unlike anything I had seen in a while . . . maybe ever. The headlines included: […]

Only in Texas???? Or Africa!

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Last weekend my wife and I attended a party at a ranch in the Hill Country of Texas about 25 miles from our house. In order to get to this ranch, we had to drive through another ranch. This other […]

I Wonder How the Neighbors Liked That!

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So I’m sitting in my local Denny’s waiting for my lunch order to arrive. On the way in had I picked up one of those omnipresent real estate magazines you find in restaurants adjoining interstate highways. As I’m waiting, I’m […]

The Worst Bar-B-Q in Texas

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Texans love their Bar-B-Q. They don’t use “barbecue” to describe meat cooked on an outdoor gril, however. Rather, “barbecue” refers to various meats cooked with spices that enhance the flavor. And if you don’t think barbecue is a big deal […]

Poltergeist at Night

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Poltergeist is a roller coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. I’ve been on faster thrill rides, but I don’t think I’ve ever been on one that was more compact. There are almost no straight sections of Poltergeist, […]

Only in Texas: Po-Po Family Restaurant

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In the Texas Hill Country about 30 miles northwest of San Antonio you’ll find  a Texas original: Po-Po Family Restaurant. Here you can find authentic Texas cuisine, wonderfully prepared. The restaurant was named  by a former owner who had made […]

Christmas at the Riverwalk in San Antonio

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This past week the choir from Boerne Middle School North and South sang at the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Since my kids are in the choir, we went to watch. They caroled from a barge that made a lap of […]

An Unusual Holiday Mixture

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Check out this scene from Marble Falls, Texas. You’ve got Christmas angels trumpeting in the direction of a Good Friday cross. And in the background, a menorah, hat-tipping to Hannukah. No lack of religious symbolism in this public park. Check […]

Christmas Lights in Johnson City, Texas

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Johnson City in the Hill Country of Texas outside of Austin is famous, not only as the birthplace of President Lyndon B. Johnson, but also for its extraordinary “Lights Spectacular” during December. Here’s one scene from the downtown area of […]

Only in Texas . . . I Mean Texmas

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You don’t see this is California . . . From a display in a public park in Marble Falls, Texas! Yee-haw!

You Know You’re in Texas When . . .

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. . . you find out that Jesus has His own dry cleaning and laundry service!

You Know You’re in Texas When . . .

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While driving down the road a couple of weeks ago I saw this on the back of a car. Now in California lots of Christians have an ichthus (Greek for fish) on their bumpers. And some anti-Christians have fishes celebrating […]

You Know You’re in Texas When . . .

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Never saw this in California . . .

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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever,

posted 2:05:51am Apr. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy jewelry to associate the cross with love. But, in the first

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (15:3). Yet this text doesn’t expl

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