Forgiven

Forgiven

Psalm 19:7 “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple…” One Sunday afternoon, I was resting at home when a woman called, crying and very upset. “Pastor Beto, could you come to my house? We’re in a...
A Mom of Noble(ish) Character

A Mom of Noble(ish) Character

This is the last week of school for my kids. We are almost to that glorious time of the year when the uniforms get packed away, the lunch boxes get sanitized and stored, and my nemesis (the mismatched sock basket) gets replaced by flip flops and sandals. It’s one of...
Deep Waters

Deep Waters

It’s hot already. Humid too. And it’s only May!  But that’s Texas for you. What’s the solution?  Well, if you’re a kid, you jump in the pool! Which is exactly what my 11 year-old-daughter and two of her friends did this past Friday. I grew up in Texas and today’s...
Squealing (New) Tires

Squealing (New) Tires

Last week I got two new tires before my trip down to Austin for a friend’s wedding. No pressing matter or unusual problem, just run-of-the-mill maintenance. I drove down to Austin, had a great time celebrating a new union in Christ and drove back to Dallas. On my...
Investing through Reading Buddies

Investing through Reading Buddies

This week we share a guest post by Holy Cross member and Reading Buddies volunteer, John Pruser. John is wrapping up his first year serving as a Reading Buddy for a Kindergarten student at our partner school, Tom C. Gooch Elementary. John spends one half hour per week...
Out of the Current

Out of the Current

A common saying from a mission organization that I am part of is that “the point of going [on a trip] is leaving,” and it seems like a new realization every time I go away and come back. I’m not sure why I have such amnesia–But the saying has shown true so many...
My Favorite Fishing Hole

My Favorite Fishing Hole

Do you like to fish?  Yes? No? Sort of? Seems the people I know who like to fish are extremely passionate about it while the rest of crowd is indifferent or, at the very least, confine their fishing to memories with a parent or grandparent. Many families have a photo...
A Young Fisherman’s Tale

A Young Fisherman’s Tale

My dad would always take me to Shady Lakes, an amateur’s playground if you will- enclosed ponds to fish in, but still for a 5-year-old, the world was my pond. One summer my dad managed to convince my mom to come with us, a whole family outing, but we had no idea what...
You’re Not Alone

You’re Not Alone

A while ago, I met a youth during a weekly pastoral visit to a hospital. When I entered her room, it saddened me to see her so thin. Her face clearly communicated the anguish and pain she was suffering. After greeting me and introducing herself, she started to cry....
What’s in your backpack?

What’s in your backpack?

I have zero interest in backpacking, but a few years ago an interview with an avid backpacker caught my attention. She explained that if you want to know what a backpacker fears, all you need to do is look inside her backpack because it’s what she fears that will...