Category Archives: Faith

Love thy neighbor

Luke 10:25-37 — The Parable of the Good Samaritan On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all… Continue Reading

Column: Freedom found in Christ

There are many perceived threats to our freedoms in the United States of America today. The freedoms that many seem to be concerned about is the right to be able to live however they choose. While I understand and even share, in some of those concerns, I want to tell you that the freedom that… Continue Reading

Column: Seeking sainthood, traits of angels

So you want to be an angel or a saint? “Regard the human reality, its spiritual perfections, the properties and virtues of the soul: Their appearance and manifestation in the course of this earthly life which ranges from the primal germ to the stations of mature development. The same principle is to be found in… Continue Reading

Column: Your freedom

Galatians 5:1: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Freedom is a common topic of conversation in the month of July as we observe Independence Day. When the founders of the United States drew up the… Continue Reading

Jesus weeps!

As I view the current political landscape, the recent killings in Orlando and other places as well as the continued fighting around the world, I’m reminded of Luke 19:41 and Jesus’ words in verse 41: As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized… Continue Reading

Column: Sheridan, fathers and farewell

You may be asking yourself “What do Sheridan, fathers and farewell have in common?” You see, I got myself into this situation when I said I would write my farewell article June 19. It happens to be an important day when we celebrate the fathers in our lives and all they do. As I thought… Continue Reading

Column: Love, discipline and God

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline — Revelation 3:19 One of the things I discovered as a parent was that any parent’s least favorite thing to do is discipline their child. Most parents would rather be spending time with their children doing almost anything else. I honestly thought that old cliché “This is going… Continue Reading

A meditation: the nature of God and what lasts

Almighty God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit — Before all time, you are the God of faith, hope and love. I read the words of your apostle, “…now abide, faith, hope, love, these three…” (1 Corinthians 13). These qualities abide, these last, these are woven into your nature. You invite me to know you, cling to… Continue Reading

Column: Keeping politics out of the pulpit

The first amendment to the Constitution insures the separation of church and state. It is an imperative to democracy. The church cannot control the political decision of the state and the state (government) shall not mandate the religious identity of its citizens. Our Pilgrim ancestors left England in resistance to the King’s religious requirements. They… Continue Reading

Summer adventures at camp

School is almost over and summer break is about to begin. I remember as a young child saying my goodbyes to my friends and wishing them a great summer, and then heading home knowing that school was out and summer had begun. The sun seemed warm and pleasant coming through the bus window as I… Continue Reading

Column: Birth of the church

This Sunday is the birthday of the church. Acts 2 tells the story of how on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon the gathered believers. They all started glorifying God and the folks outside, who came from every corner of the Roman Empire, heard their speech each in their own language. Some… Continue Reading

Cure for quitting on God

Have you ever wanted to give up following Jesus? If you are not a Christian, maybe you have wanted to give up checking to see if Jesus is the truth. If so, the only true God has already spoken a message to you that he would like to make come alive in you — Psalm… Continue Reading

Column: A call to serve one another

I graduated from high school on June 12, 1972. The next day, I started my first full-time job as a machine operator at Standard Press Steel Technologies in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1975, I was handed a layoff notice. I was out of work! A few months later I began my studies at the… Continue Reading

Column: Don’t do this alone

Few disagree with the African Proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. None of us would want to hand the control of an airplane over to a pilot who has never flown an airplane and never sat in a flight simulator. Every vocation requires a time of training on the job through… Continue Reading

Column: A matter of death and life

Any loss of life is regrettable. Any taking of human life should be a last resort.When many of us were originally taught the Fifth Commandment, it wasn’t as “You shall not murder,” right? I learned the Fifth Commandment in King James English as “Thou shalt not kill.” (I am using the Roman Catholic/Lutheran numbering here.)… Continue Reading

Humbled by those who serve

Dr. Eusebio Lozora, pathologist, is a man devoted to faith and science.  He is also the imagination of story teller, Yann Martell, in his book “The High Mountains of Portugal.”  One night, Martell creates this endearing scene where Eusebio and his wife, Maria, are engaged in conversation about Agatha Christie novels and Jesus. Both Eusebio… Continue Reading

We are friends of God

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation for all that believe, providing all we need for life.    Mankind is made in God’s image and likeness. We are the expression of His being and His great love. We were given His life and have His DNA.  Because man was separated… Continue Reading

Column: Counting blessings

I recently read a great line about children: “A child isn’t a project; nor a problem to be solved, rather a child is a wonder to treasure.” I suspect that we all know this to be true, but we so readily lose track of the treasuring, and give in to problem solving. A wonder to… Continue Reading

The path of morality

I am teaching philosophy in Lithuania and have been revisiting Plato’s great work Republic. One of the interesting questions raised by Plato is whether morality is a constraint or a means to freedom. In the book, Thrasymachus and Socrates are discussing the reason one ought to follow moral norms. Thrasymachus says morality is an artificial… Continue Reading

Column: Comprehending God

One of the important aspects of Unitarian Universalist theologies is the belief that there is no one way to comprehend the Ultimate Source of All Being.  No book, no faith system, no single epiphany, no religious authority can capture the entire mystery of the cosmos, which some call “God.” Unitarianism and Universalism merged as a… Continue Reading

Column: I am the vine

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”   — John 15:5 NLT In the final days before his crucifixion and Easter resurrection, Jesus continued his work of teaching his disciples and preparing… Continue Reading

Column: The kingdom of God may mean world peace

World peace, a hallmark of the emerging global civilization, will be realized as a tangible expression of the principle of the oneness of humankind. This assurance is given in the teachings of Baha’u’llah. Such a peace will result from the culmination of two distinct but simultaneous and mutually reinforcing processes:  one leading to the spiritual… Continue Reading

Column: Making sacrifices during Lent

I was having coffee the other day with a couple of friends and Brady said, “I’d like to participate in Lent, but I don’t know how.” This led to a great conversation about the 40-day liturgical season framed by Ash Wednesday and the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. It brought to mind a statement from a… Continue Reading

Dust, ashes and diamonds

I suspect you know that diamonds, some of the most beautiful, valuable and cherished gems in all the world, are nothing more than carbon dust — ashes — that have been exposed to great amounts of pressure. I first learned this fun fact as a kid watching the old black-and-white Superman TV series, the one… Continue Reading

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