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Stonehenge for Sale!

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Most people have heard of Stonehenge, the famed monument in England, a few kilometers north of Salisbury. Tourists from throughout the world flock to this unique reminder of an ancient world. (Photo: Stonehenge) But now you can have Stonehenge in […]

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Blubonnets!

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Texans love their bluebonnets, and I can see why. This year, with lots of rain in the Hill Country, we’re enjoying a parade of bluebonnets, though I’ve been told that they can be even better than this. Bluebonnets are, in […]

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Chilly Weather in Boerne, Texas

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A couple of days ago we had some unusally chilly weather in Central Texas. Where I live, in Boerne, the temperature dipped below freezing for fifteen hours. The low hit 23 degrees. That’s two degrees lower than last winter’s low. […]

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Photos from the Capitol

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Yesterday, my family and I visited the Texas Capitol, the center of the state government in Austin, the capital. We were there for my daughter to be reconized for getting second place in the National History Day competition last summer. […]

Fall in the Texas Hill Country

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A couple of pictures I’ve snapped in the last week. First, the Guadalupe River as it passes through Mo Ranch, a Presbyterian conference center near Hunt. Cibolo Creek in the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne.

THE BIRDS in Texas

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No, not the Alfred Hitchcock movie. Rather, an invasion of Grackles in Kerrville, Texas. One time I left my car in the San Antonio airport, cleverly parked under a tree for shade. Or so I thought. I turns out that […]

All Hail Broke Loose!

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On Wednesday evening, all hail broke loose in Boerne, Texas. For a brief time, we had a stunning hail storm, complete with deafening thunder and blinding lightning. The photo below shows the result. No, this is not snow in winter. […]

I Love Spring!

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My mother and my dog enjoy a spring afternoon in Texas . . . . A Redbud tree blooming at Laity Lodge . . . . Thank you, Lord, for springtime!

The Grassy, Grass-less Knoll

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“The Grassy Knoll.” Now there’s a phrase that has made it’s way into American culture and history. There are grassy knolls all over our country, but only one gets to be called “The Grassy Knoll.” And I’m quite sure that […]

A Familiar Name, A Familiar Place, and a Feeling of Sadness

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On Saturday I put up a picture of the Dallas Morning News building in Dallas, Texas, focusing on the inspiring inscription on the front wall. I explained that this statement was adapted from a speech by George Dealey, who had […]

“Build the News on the Rock of Truth”

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During my recent sojourn in Dallas, I was surprised to see a giant inscription on the wall of the Dallas Morning News building. It reads: BUILD THE NEWS UPON THE ROCK OF TRUTH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS CONDUCT IT ALWAYS UPON THE […]

Texas Capitol in Spring

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A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the Texas Capitol Fellowship, a gathering of Christians who work in the Texas state government. The Capitol itself looked beautiful as spring has just begun to dawn in Austin. In the photo […]

Snow in Boerne

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One night this last week it snowed in Boerne. Now if you’re from places like Minnesota or New England, you’ll probably find it odd that I’m excited about a half-inch of snow. But even a dusting of snow is a […]

Autumn in the Texas Hill Country, Part 4

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A ranch in the Hill Country, not too far from Vanderpool. The “cattle” you see are actually American Bison (buffalo).

Autumn in the Texas Hill Country, Part 3

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The Medina River as it runs through Bandera City Park in Bandera, Texas, “The Cowboy Capital of the World.”

Autumn in the Texas Hill Country, Part 2

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Leaves of an oak tree in our back yard. The tree is known by various names: Spanish Oak, Red Oak, or Texas Red Oak. We don’t have many trees in the Texas Hill Country that turn red in autumn, but […]

Autumn in the Texas Hill Country

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  An autumn view of “The Blue Hole” on the H.E. Butt Foundation property, near Laity Lodge.

Driving in Texas

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My first experiences of driving in Texas left me with the impression of an endless, flat countryside. When I was a child, my family and I drove through north Texas on a couple of occasions. It was hot, dusty, and […]

Another Lenten Special

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A couple of weeks ago I put up a post on the commercialization of Lent. I was surprised by a sign for a restaurant that advertised a Lenten special. I don’t recall ever seeing such a thing in California. At […]

Cold in Texas

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One of the things I’m growing to like about Texas is the winter weather. During the months of December, January, and February, the weather in the Hill Country often dips below freezing. But it doesn’t stay there for weeks at […]

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 […]

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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Never saw this in California . . .

My New Haunts in Kerrville, Texas

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I’ve just finished my second week as the Senior Director of Laity Lodge. Though the retreat center itself is out in Hill Country near Leakey, Texas (population approx. 350), my offices are in Kerrville, a town of about 22,000 people […]

Texas Scenes

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I grew up thinking that all of Texas was flat, hot, and dusty. Oh, and I suppose you could add, humid. To be sure, there are parts of Texas that are all of the above. But I’ve been amazed by […]

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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
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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 ...

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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 ...

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