Category Archives: Faith

Column: Christ is enough

As I worshipped in church on Sunday morning I sang the lyrics, “Christ is enough.”  I sang along grateful that Christ is more than sufficient for me.  He provides everything I need.  He cares for me.  He loves me and I love him. But as we sang, it occurred to me that I should ask… Continue Reading

Column: God and the frail person inside

Do you remember the machine in the Wizard of Oz — the huge, frightening contraption with the awesome voice and horrifying noise that made the cowardly lion tremble, the brainless scarecrow scratch his head and the heartless tin man rattle? It was terribly overwhelming until Dorothy’s dog, Toto, ran around the back and pulled away… Continue Reading

Column: The final word

I recently have been reading and reflecting on the final chapters of John’s gospel.  From chapter 12 though 17, we have John’s record of Jesus’ words to his disciples in the context of his impending death by crucifixion. Jesus says many things, but I particularly am struck by his references to “my love,” “my joy,”… Continue Reading

Column: Words that bond us together

“Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.” I would guess that more people can recite that line than any line of The Pledge of Allegiance or a phrase from any Beatles song. Even the non-churchy people know the Lord’s Prayer. It is usually prayed aloud rather than in… Continue Reading

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

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