Articles by Philip Sevilla

The Nashville Statement

No, the Nashville Statement is not a new manifesto by skinheads and white supremacists declaring war on anarchists attacking civil war monuments or Nashville announcing an upcoming reunion of country music icons at the Grand Old Opry. The statement is rather a serious work of evangelical leaders who drafted a unified statement affirming biblical truths on sexual morality during the recent annual conference in August sponsored by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. The statement was published online on August 29, 2017 and signed by 150 Evangelical pastors and Conservative Christian leaders….


Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response – Who is My Neighbor?

All eyes are on Texas as America experiences one of the worst natural disasters  to beset America (some say of biblical proportions). We pray and act, giving our time, talent, and treasure to help thousands who are suffering from this catastrophe on the Gulf Coast. We all can help. Our Lord said so! The gospel message in Luke 10:30-37 is clear. In his recent newsletter on Hurricane Harvey, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick recommends readers support worthy relief organizations like Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is one of these wonderful organizations. They are collecting donations to mobilize disaster relief teams to the…


Protect and Preserve Our Monuments

In Alexis de Tocqueville’s masterful critique of life in 19th century America, Democracy in America, his attention was drawn to many facets of American culture at the time, commenting on the manners and temperament of the people who were living the most radical socio-political experiment at the time that defined the new American republic. The young French nobleman arrived in America in 1831, fully aware of the excesses and brutality of the Jacobin and “third estate” mobs in Paris who guillotined King Louis XVI in 1793 and executed thousands of enemies of the state during the reign of terror in…


Summer’s Gone – Legislature Adjourns Early – Results

Yes, summer’s gone as the Beach Boys’ mournful ode to the waning days of hot summer days reminds us (not yet in South Texas!) and so is the summer special season at the state capitol. “Sine die” adjournment was abruptly called by the Texas House leadership a day early last Tuesday, August 15th. By prematurely adjourning the Texas House without warning before the scheduled time and arrogantly ignoring the objections from the floor, denying members the right to vote on the early adjournment, Straus ensured the demise of the Governor’s priority legislation such as property tax reform, paycheck protection, privacy…


Pastors’ Rallying Cry: ‘Let the House Vote!’

Over a hundred pastors and concerned Texans – fathers, mothers, daughters, people of faith representing millions of conservative Texans  with  deeply held traditional values – came together from all over Texas last Thursday, a hot and muggy mid-morning,  on the steps of the Capitol to voice their unified support for the Texas Privacy Act (SB3) passed by the State Senate last month and currently languishing in the House under the leadership of Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) and State Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook (R-Corsicana).  The often repeated rallying cry led by the speakers was “Let the House Vote!” with…


You’ve Done Well, Captain Patrick!

Good news out of Austin. Since July 18th when the Texas legislative special session kicked off, state senators under the steady hand of Lt. Governor Patrick have passed in a little more than week’s time substantive high priority, high profile bills affirming Texas as the bastion of American freedom and a bulwalk defending the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage with regards to the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and family life, and individual freedom against the constant assaults on America. The critical sunset bill was passed with superhero blinding speed after the first two days of the session. Then the state senate…


Vote of Confidence for the Governor, Opposition to Straus

Two weeks ago something momentous happened at the local Republican Party meeting in San Antonio. The Bexar County GOP county executive committee, mostly made up of the front line party activists known as precinct chairpersons, held a quarterly meeting when a member raised his hand to make a motion that the committee members pass a resolution to support Governor Greg Abbott’s agenda for the legislative special session with emphasis on the Texas Privacy Act (crudely labeled the “bathroom bill” by everyone in the media) and to replace the Republican Speaker of the House, Representative Joe Straus (R- District 121), due…


Sizzling Summer Legislative Session Has Begun

Congratulations to Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. The hot summer legislative session of 2017 has begun at the Texas state capitol. This past Tuesday was opening day for the legislative special session called by the Governor to complete the work left undone by the state legislators at the end of May. First order of business was the sunset deadline, an automatic process which would have shut down state agencies this year.  In 1977 the Texas Legislature created the Sunset process to periodically assess the necessity for existing agencies carrying out the responsibilities of state government. The Senate…


High Stakes Showdown in Austin

The 2017 Texas legislative special session will begin next week on July 18th at the state Capitol. Governor Greg Abbott underscored his frustration in his announcement on June 6th expressing that a “special session was entirely avoidable, and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session.” The 30 day summer session has a substantial agenda pinpointing twenty legislative priorities of the Governor that were left undone in the 140 day regular session which ended in May. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was more direct in his assessment…


Gay Pride, Religious Liberty, and Good Judgment

What’s so bad about gay pride celebrations? We just had one in San Antonio last Saturday at  Crockett Park and North Main Street – a street where the gay festival attendees and  neighboring restaurants were festooned with a uniformly gaudy display of rainbow banners, flags, hats, capes, T-shirts, shorts, socks, umbrellas, bandanas, bikini tops, etc. Inside the chain link enclosed festival area were booths hawking, you got it,  rainbow flags, hats, capes and assorted bric-a-brac. Remember these sponsors at the festival next time you consider patronizing their services or products:  USAA, Univision, State Farm, AAA, Wells Fargo, Tesoro, Nationwide, Luby’s,…