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Author Ed Hogan

I bragged on the response that Houstonians had made shortly after Hurricane Harvey and made an appeal for churches to consider making Houston a destination for mission work in helping us rebuild. I was driving down a local street a few weeks ago and saw a van from my hometown church. They have been very […] Read More

Editor’s note: This article has been revised. A reference to “an automatic gun” was changed to “a semi-automatic gun” because the weapon used by the shooter at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, was a semi-automatic weapon. I pastored a small church much like First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. You know all […] Read More

I have grown weary of the “once-in-a-thousand-year flood” description of the historical flooding Houston and surrounding areas have experienced this week. This event defied all odds and all logic; it has become the new reality for myself and other Houston residents. However, do not feel sorry for us. Though our skies are still cloudy and […] Read More

I have always believed in the importance of public education as a necessary component of a healthy and vibrant country. This is not a criticism of my friends and peers who work at religious schools. Nor is it a critique of those who homeschool their children. It is a belief that public schools are far […] Read More

Foot washing will be a part of many Maundy Thursday services tomorrow. The act is intimate and can be uncomfortable to participants. At the Last Supper, the act as performed by Jesus was both practical and the perfect object lesson for humility. The actual act of foot washing became transformational for a longtime friend of […] Read More

I found out early Monday morning that Phil Lineberger, pastor of Sugar Land Baptist Church in Sugar Land, Texas, had passed away. Such news caused me to reflect on his life and my own aging process. One of the things that I would want said at my funeral is that I was one of Phil’s […] Read More

War of Words Precedes Real War

Before a conflict begins on an international scale, there is always the “war of words.” Some of the most important words in global history involve presidents, kings or prime ministers framing the need to go to war. Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed Dec. 7, 1941, as “a day that would live in infamy.” In the movie […] Read More

I am Texan through and through. I was born in Mississippi, but I got here as quick as I could. I believe that barbecue ought to be eaten without sauce and that chili is better without beans. There is only one “America’s Team” and it resides in Texas. I believe cacti are pretty and coyotes […] Read More

I am doing a sermon series on the “Hard Sayings of Jesus” on Sunday mornings. Many of those hard sayings occur in Matthew 24-25.   Jesus says things like: “There will be wars and rumors of wars. Nations will rise against nations. There will be famines and earthquakes … but the end is not yet.” […] Read More

Tax Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped preaching on the hard sayings of Jesus.   And here’s one of many: “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.”   The context of this is interesting. Jews hated paying taxes and especially hated those of their own […] Read More