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Author Ed Hogan

Ed Hogan is a public school teacher and ordained Baptist minister who lives in Houston, Texas. He is a member of the / Baptist Center for Ethics board of directors.

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.” Jesus […] 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 race who […] Read More

A Dallas TV station, WFAA, reports that Ed Young Jr., pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, travels in a French-made private jet operated by the church, lives in a 10,000-square-foot home listed under the name of “Palometa Revocable Trust,” earns $1 million annual salary and has a number of for-profit companies related to his […] Read More

One of the reasons I wanted to move to Houston 12 years ago was the city’s multiracial environment. I wanted my children to grow up to be world citizens, not just middle-class Anglos from the Deep South. I love my city. You can get empanadas from Columbians and pad thai from Thais. I live in […] Read More

Let me let you in on a little known secret. Mother’s Day is one of the hardest sermons to preach all year. Surprised? There are few lengthy texts that lend themselves naturally to the topic. It is hard to say anything with an edge to it. And if it doesn’t sound like a Hallmark greeting […] Read More

My blood pressure raised a few points when I read MSN’s front-and-center headline: “The End of Christian America.”   The article reported that according to the 2009 American Religious Identification Survey the number of people who claim no religious preference nearly doubled to 15 percent from 8 percent. The biggest change happened in the Northeast. […] Read More

Can I take a second and vent about something that is bothering me?   It is hard to have a consistent ethic when you look at the economic mess that we are in. Some might be tempted to read politics into what I am about to say, but that is not my intent.   I […] Read More

We all run current events through filters. Take the economy. When we heard of a recession on both coasts, we Texans barely raised an eyebrow. Our economy was robust and diverse. When the market crashed and the recession hit our state, we began paying attention. As a pastor, I run this information through three filters […] Read More

Rather than allowing the market to “punish” those companies that have acted irresponsibly, could we be reinforcing bad behavior by propping up those companies financially? It is capitalism’s way of policing itself. When companies act poorly, people withdraw their money and support. The companies can change their behavior or risk further punitive actions by investors. […] Read More

Wednesday morning I watched women’s beach volleyball at the Olympics. I had hoped to find the Americans playing. When watching MSNBC, you never know who you will get. I quickly became intrigued with the match. It was Russia versus Georgia. Not Georgia the Peach State, but Georgia the country that Russia invaded this week. I […] Read More