Articles by Ronnie McBrayer

  • KEEPING THE FAITH: Fight on

    For the last several months I have been keeping a regular appointment with an oncologist. I’m not the one receiving care, however. My friend has lung cancer, and I have been accompanying her as ... READ MORE

  • KEEPING THE FAITH: Take it outside

    It was the early 1980s. It was Texas. It was December. It was a Southern Baptist church. It is customary in Southern Baptist churches to take up an offering during the Advent season to support ... READ MORE

  • Keeping the Faith: No more show-and-tell

    In American literature, the biggest religious pretender of all time is probably Sinclair Lewis’ Elmer Gantry. While most of us have not read the book, we may remember the movie. The film was a ... READ MORE

  • KEEPING THE FAITH: The rabbi’s gift

    There is an old story about a monastery that fell on hard times. Once it had thrived, but over the years it had become so decimated that only a few old monks were left living in an even older ... READ MORE

  • KEEPING THE FAITH:The Ones Jesus Loves

    “Just who do you think you are?” Now there’s a question that has been posed and pointed more than a few times. Usually it is a weaponized question of sorts, laden with accusation, or it is a ... READ MORE

  • KEEPING THE FAITH: Stay inside your own hula-hoop

    Here is an ironclad prescription for personal misery: Attempt to keep everything, every person, every detail, and every moving part of your life, family, job, health, or schedule in precise ... READ MORE

  • KEEPING THE FAITH:Let your soul catch up

    The first Labor Day celebration was observed in New York City in 1882. It was not intended to be the official end of summer. It was a movement to honor “the contributions workers have made to the... READ MORE

  • KEEPING THE FAITH: Settle down

    “Maybe it’s time for you to settle down.” Those were my words to a friend who was seeking a bit of help with his unhappy life. It’s not that his life was an out-and-out disaster. He had all the ... READ MORE

  • KEEPING THE FAITH: Take it with you

    When I first met Father Thad I was a Baptist minister and he was the priest at the neighborhood Catholic parish. A complete stranger to me, he popped into my office and stated that he must use ... READ MORE

  • KEEPING THE FAITH: A conspiracy of kindness

    An ancient story, often retold but never without relevance, has one of the Egyptian pharaohs making a strange request of his priests. As the sacrificial ox was being slain at the altar, the ... READ MORE

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