Category Archives: Faith

Column: Reaching for perspective

Last year, my husband assumed a new role as a youth pastor. The ministry he inherited is full of strong-hearted youth who dubbed their group with the name S.Y.M.O.T.A. It stands for Set Your Mind On Things Above (1 Corinthians 3:2), and is pronounced sim-oh-tuh, in case you were wondering. Immediately, I fell in love… Continue Reading

Column: The price of Christian division

I hope you will oblige me as I use this space to discuss something that has been on my mind for years: the division among Christians. On the night before he died, Jesus prayed in the garden. He prayed for his disciples and he prayed for those who would believe through them and his prayer… Continue Reading

Column: We are our brothers’ keepers

I am my brother’s keeper! We are our brothers’ keepers! What if we all began to live as though we are our brothers’ keepers? Jesus taught us, by his own example, to live as our brothers’ keepers as he continually looked after the needs of others! Jesus touched lives daily in such meaningful ways that… Continue Reading

Column: It’s time for a revival

“Holy Holy Holy”    Isaiah 6:3 & Revelation 4:8 — Singing around the throne of God heard by the Prophet Isaiah and the Seer John. “You know that we are living in a material world and I am a material girl.” — Song sung by Madonna 1984 Does it surprise you that the scientists who… Continue Reading

Column: Two ideas of freedom

Two stories grabbed headlines last month.  One was about Bruce Jenner, gracing the cover of Vanity Fair as Caitlyn. The other concerned Rachel Dolezal, who had been passing herself off as black despite growing up white. Many appear inclined to celebrate stories like this, most enthusiastically in the case of Jenner. And why not? These… Continue Reading

Faithful to a higher authority

“Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason — I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other — my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.… Continue Reading

The whispers of God

Some of the best advice I’ve ever heard came from Ralph Waldo Emerson when he said, “Let us be silent so we may hear the whispers of the gods.” The Australian Aboriginals refer to white men as mutants because of the way most of us approach prayer. They say they are amazed that we ever… Continue Reading

Column: Wear your salvation like a brand

By James Stark Paul said, “I bear on my body the brand marks of Jesus” (Gal 6:17). He said that because he’d “been there and done that,” as far as Christianity was concerned. In his day, to be a Christian could get you killed, beat or imprisoned just for speaking his name out loud —… Continue Reading

Column: Giving words to our prayers

By Phil Wold In our worship this past week, many of our congregations turned to Psalm 130. I think we could all do well to know the opening line of this Psalm by heart. “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!” So very often we find ourselves in… Continue Reading

Column: The merciful God

By Cody Haar Of the many things a person can fear, it seems to me that the most pervasive fear is the fear of failure. This looks like a lot of different things. I’ve seen it expressed in various forms including denial, rejection, anger, deception, pride, arrogance, ignorance, depression, repression and oppression. The fear of… Continue Reading

Column: When death seems the only way out

By Falk Alicke Our beautiful and seemingly peaceful Sheridan suffers from a painfully dark disease: The rate of members in our community ending their life by suicide exceeds even the infamous U.S. suicide capital of Las Vegas. Suicide is a statewide problem and the state responds with promoting suicide awareness and offering preventive training. I’ve… Continue Reading

Column: Thoughts on sharing

By Don Derryberry There used to be a television commercial for Mercedes Benz, the German car manufacturer, that showed one of their cars crashing into a cement wall.  With that image in mind, a voiceover asked why the company does not enforce their patent on the successful Mercedes Benz energy-absorbing car body design.  It seems… Continue Reading

Column: Called to carry the word

“Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples; and he said to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and… Continue Reading

Celebrating a new beginning after Easter

By John Milliken For many people, I suspect Easter feels somewhat like a great drama, with the crucifixion as the point of crisis in the plot and the resurrection as the satisfying conclusion, after which we can cheer and go home.  I know this is the impression it gave me growing up. Easter Sunday was… Continue Reading

Do I believe in resurrection?

Rev. Bob Miller  is retired from First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. Do I really believe in resurrection? Before I say yes to that question I’ve got some serious questions to ask. Does resurrection mean I’ll live again just like I am now? I hope not! I’m getting too old and achy to keep… Continue Reading

God’s love and love for God

“God is love” (1 John 4:8). This is most certainly true. More needs to be said. “Jesus loves you” is gospel, good news. “Love the Lord” and “Love your neighbor as yourself” are commands, law. Note the different directions of the love. Love to you from God in Christ Jesus is gospel. Love from you… Continue Reading

Taking part in the holiest of weeks

The Rev. John Inserra, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. “It’s not how you start that’s important, but how you finish!”   — Jim George, author The above quote can apply to so many areas of our lives: fitness, education or our professional career, to name a few.  How we finish is often what is remembered.  One… Continue Reading

When the world turns upside down

Donald Warriner is Captain at The Salvation Army in Sheridan and a member of Pastors United in Christ. Our entire world can be turned upside down in just a few moments time. Ask any new widow or widower — or anyone who has received an adverse medical report from their doctor — or a young… Continue Reading

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