Amy at Texas Faith: Is it crazy to pray for your team to win the Super Bowl?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is it crazy to pray for your team to win the Super Bowl?

TEXAS FAITH: Is it crazy to pray for your team to win the Super Bowl? Question by Wayne Slater Two things Americans take seriously are religion and football. With the Super Bowl set for Sunday, here’s a question: Why do so many people pray for their favorite sports team to win? Is it just a ritual? An act of faith? …

Amy at Texas Faith: Can you have morality without the existence of God?

Amy at Texas Faith: Can you have morality without the existence of God?

TEXAS FAITH: Can you have morality without the existence of God? Question by Wayne Slater When President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty exactly 50 years ago, advocates called it the moral obligation of a wealthy nation. Johnson said he was doing it not because it was efficient or helpful or politically expedient (which, of course, it was for liberals), …

Winter Solstice: The Pause at the Bottom of the Breath

Winter Solstice: The Pause at the Bottom of the Breath

Winter Solstice: The Pause at the Bottom of the Breath by Amy Martin (c)   12.21.12   Twenty-one years ago. Twenty-one years ago, I looked in, I looked into water so deep it lost light – the transparent clarity of darkness. Twenty-one years ago, I fell in. I fell into that infinite well of night, the darkness at the center …

Amy at Texas Faith: How would you describe your search for meaning?

Amy at Texas Faith: How would you describe your search for meaning?

TEXAS FAITH: How would you describe your search for meaning? Question by Bill McKenzie This Sally Quinn essay from The Washington Post struck me as a provocative piece. In writing about the search for meaning in our lives, she describes an anti-pastor, an anti-gay atheist and Billy Graham at the end of his career. The piece is worth the read …

Amy at Texas Faith: Why do we still feel the loss of JFK as a nation?

Amy at Texas Faith: Why do we still feel the loss of JFK as a nation?

TEXAS FAITH: Why does the nation still pause 50 years after JFK’s death? Question by Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist   At the end of this week, Americans will pause to observe the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death. We in Dallas particularly will be in the middle of the observation. The assassination, of course, happened here. And Dallas …

Amy at Texas Faith: Religious advice for politicians

Amy at Texas Faith: Religious advice for politicians

TEXAS FAITH: What words of religious faith should politicians really hear and heed? Question by Wayne Slater     Dick Thornburgh, former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. attorney general, gave a speech last month entitled “The Role of Faith in Public Service.” In it, he said not only that his religious faith was important to him as a lawyer, governor and …

Amy at Texas Faith: Where was God…?

Amy at Texas Faith: Where was God…?

TEXAS FAITH: Where was God in the ordeal that young Lauren Kavanaugh faced?   Question by William McKenzieOver the last week, the Dallas Morning News has run a series on the story of 20-year old Lauren Kavanaugh. In “The Girl in the Closet”, you will read a devastating, demoralizing account of depravity. The report tells the story of how young Lauren …

Amy at Texas Faith: What would Jesus tweet?

Amy at Texas Faith: What would Jesus tweet?

TEXAS FAITH: What would Jesus tweet? Question by Wayne Slater   What would Jesus tweet? If Jesus were here today – or if Twitter had been an available app 2,000 years ago – would Jesus have used it as a communication tool to reach larger audiences? More broadly, would Jesus have used social media to spread his message? Cardinal Gianfranco …

Sacred Chickasaw Springs of the Oklahoma Arbuckle Mini-Mountains by Amy Martin

Sacred Chickasaw Springs of the Oklahoma Arbuckle Mini-Mountains by Amy Martin

Sacred Chickasaw Springs of the Oklahoma Arbuckle Mini-Mountains by Amy Martin (c) I’ve lived in North Texas for 35 years, yet I’ve never visited the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, just two hours north on I-35. Admittedly, I’m a mountain snob, preferring my peaks to be snow capped and draped with fir trees. The Arbuckles, though only a few hundred feet …

Amy at Texas Faith: Is belief overrated?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is belief overrated?

TEXAS FAITH: Is belief overrated? By Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist wmckenzie@dallasnews.com 3:47 pm on June 25, 2013 | Permalink         Let’s return to an issue that we dealt with back in April, when I asked you all a question about belief. The question dealt with what it means that we may believe differently about different things. …

Amy at Texas Faith: Are Interfaith Marriages Good for Couples?

Amy at Texas Faith: Are Interfaith Marriages Good for Couples?

TEXAS FAITH: Are Interfaith Marriages Good for Couples? By Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist wmckenzie@dallasnews.com 4:59 pm on June 18, 2013 | Permalink         Naomi Schaefer Riley has a new book out with the title Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America. You can read about that book at this link and then …

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