Faith

Heavenly Father’s mysterious love

July 25, 2014

A few weeks ago a mysterious package showed up on my porch in the form of a scroll tied in a beautiful ribbon. To this day I have no idea who left it or why. The scroll contained these words: “When you love, watch over, and serve others in small and simple ways, you are Read More

Confucius, Lao Tze, Thomas Paine — three faith traditions

May 16, 2014

In one of the classic moments of religious history, Confucius and Lao Tze met in the Imperial Library in the city of Luoyang, 500 years before the birth of Jesus. Both men were destined to be the founders of great faiths. Confucius believed that in studying social and political affairs and diligently searching history for Read More

March is full of new beginnings

March 21, 2014

March reminds me of new beginnings, and new beginnings make me think of reconciliation. Reconciliation is, after all, at the heart of the gospel message. God sent Jesus to reconcile all of us to Himself. Jesus walked among humanity, showing Jews and Romans, Middle Easterners and Europeans alike, what it means to forgive and how Read More

Simplify your life through Jesus

August 30, 2013

Life! It sure seems messy, doesn’t it? There are so many choices with so many reasons to influence every choice. One day you can make a decision concerning an issue and the next day make a different decision concerning the same issue. Why? Could it be that you have too many sources of authority in Read More

Look for the signs all around us

August 23, 2013

It started as one of those dental horror stories, but it finished in humor. I had a crowned tooth that needed a root canal, but the oral surgeon found it to be cracked and unsalvageable and the whole tooth had to be pulled a week later. Then came the humor. Lying there with a wad Read More

Morning thoughts

August 16, 2013

I’m not really a morning person. It takes a while for me to wake up. Sometimes I’ll just sit and stare into space for a while. I’ll grab a cup of coffee in hopes that it will jolt me awake. A couple months ago I was preparing for my day like normal. I looked out Read More

Prayer is most appropriate

August 9, 2013

This past week, I spent some relaxing time with some friends who have a bed and breakfast in the Black Hills of northeast Wyoming. They have been running the business for the past six years and have made the acquaintance of many interesting people who have enjoyed their stays at the B&B. They advertise only Read More

Your endurance and strength

August 2, 2013

Every week I am meeting people who need to be encouraged. Whether you’re rich or poor, married or single, in good health or in poor health, we all need to understand that the love of God can carry us through the hard times to victory. So read for yourself what God’s word has to say. Read More

The secret of a full and joy-filled life

July 26, 2013

I just returned from the funeral of a great lady here in Sheridan. Her name was Helen Graham. She was a woman who had lived a life of service to her fellow man and to her God. Perhaps you are wondering what this has to do with the faith column in The Sheridan Press. As Read More

Learning that even after strike three, you’re loved

July 19, 2013

My son stepped up to the plate for his second at bat of the game. He had been struggling hitting the ball and his confidence was shaken. My wife and I prayed under our breath as the pitcher began his wind up. The pitch sped past our boy and the umpire called “Strike one!” Stepping Read More

Pay attention to the content of character

July 12, 2013

Big weekend for Sheridan County. This week, a lot of families and friends come from near and far to gather to enjoy the rodeo, the parade, the street dance, school reunions, and, maybe, even a little time for worship, which raises interesting questions about our home town. What draws people to Sheridan County? What brings Read More

Lessons learned in Sheridan

July 5, 2013

I was invited to write for the pastor’s corner since I am leaving Sheridan and my position as pastor of First Congregational UCC. I have taken a new job, starting this month, as the campus minister for Ecumenical Campus Ministries at the University of Kansas, a Presbyterian and UCC student ministry. I wanted to take Read More

Catholic Church ‘saddened’ by high court rulings

June 28, 2013

Today I would like to share with you the statement that Bishop Paul Etienne (of the Roman Catholic diocese of Cheyenne) issued concerning the decision on the Defense of Marriage Act handed down by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. “Today the Supreme Court ruled on two very important cases impacting marriage. The Court struck down Read More

Faith, work and the not yet known

June 7, 2013

I confess I want to know how it all is going to turn out. What will be the outcome, what will be the result, what will life be like, what difference will my choices ultimately make and specifically what will God do in and through my children and grandchildren? These, of course, are things I Read More

Take time to rest on the Sabbath

May 31, 2013

When the weather turns warm (which I am almost sure it will, now that June has arrived) we like to get out and to enjoy the beauty all around us. Time camping, fishing, hiking we might well define as recreation. Time spent reconnecting with who we are as God’s own creation. I hope and trust Read More

Graduates, here is your key to success

May 24, 2013

I walked out to the car with my parents and siblings from the Bruce Hoffman Golden dome at Sheridan College following my graduation in 1990. Parked out front was a brand new car waiting for one of my fellow graduates. My dad choked up and I saw tears in his eyes as we stopped to Read More

Graduates — Do good and keep in touch

May 17, 2013

This past Saturday, I was pleased to attend a party to celebrate with a new graduate from Sheridan College — congratulations, Ashley! It was enjoyable to have the chance to visit with many of her family and other friends that I knew growing up in the “neighborhood.” A most interesting conversation that day was among Read More

Through it all — a tribute to moms

May 10, 2013

I heard a cute story recently that I would like to share with you. It tells of a mother and son who lived in a forest. One day when they were out a tornado surprised them. The mother clung to a tree and tried to hold her son. But the swirling winds carried him into Read More

Lord set a guard over my mouth

May 3, 2013

There’s an old Arab proverb that suggests the words of the tongue should pass through three gateways before they are allowed passed the lips: 1) Is it true? 2) Is it kind? 3) Is it necessary? The Indian spiritual leader Sri Sathy Sai Baba (born in 1926) adapted the proverb by teaching, “Before you speak, Read More

The fields are ripe and ready for harvest

April 26, 2013

When Jesus saw the multitudes, He was filled with compassion because they fainted and were scattered as sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “the harvest truly is plenteous but the laborers are few. Pray to the Lord of the harvest that he send laborer into his harvest.” As I write this Read More

Entering into a covenant

April 19, 2013

The idea most central to our lives as Baha’i is that we have entered into a Covenant with Baha’u’llah. As you know, in all religions, after the passing of the Manifestation, His followers had thousands of disputes among themselves and, as a result, split the religion into many sects. The cause of disunity was sometimes Read More

The weapons of war

March 30, 2013

“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.’”Mark 8:34-35

Finding comfort through Christ

March 16, 2013

It is important to know what the Bible says about handling our problems in this life. The times are not easy right now for many and I felt like folks might need a bit of encouragement from the word of God.So who are the ones that should be able to overcome all the troubles of Read More