Category Archives: Faith

Column: The spirit of God is at work

Christmas is just two weeks away, and many of us find that the frantic pace of this season threatens to overwhelm us. It almost seems as if it is crowding out all sense of the holy. Perhaps we all, at times, lament the seeming lack of the presence of Jesus in much of what takes… Continue Reading

Put your hope in the kindom of God

We are a country divided. Last Wednesday, half of us felt a sense of relief, hope, even euphoria. The other half felt disappointment, shame, fear, and despair. Both halves — before and since the election–have tended to feel distrust, animosity, and condescension toward the other. How should Christians think and act in times like these?… Continue Reading

Vision needs light

“Man is the supreme Talisman. Lack of a proper education hath, however, hath deprived him of that which he doth inherently possess. In thick darkness, all vision is the same. Whether man has keen sight, or imperfect vision, or is totally blind. It is the same throughout the dark night until dawn comes. Light bestows… Continue Reading

Being introduced to freedom

In John 8, Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you… Continue Reading

Thoughts on sharing

There once was television commercial for Mercedes Benz, the German car manufacturer, that showed one of its 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 other auto companies were illegally… Continue Reading

Thankful for witnesses

You may have missed it but most likely the event was not on your radar.  Two weeks ago in Rome, Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby joined hundreds of bishops from the Roman Catholic Church (the largest body of Christians in the world) and the Anglican Communion (the third largest and the… Continue Reading

Column: Grace and peace

“May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.” Today, we don’t often start our letters like this.  Frankly, we don’t often write letters.  However, this is a common greeting in the New Testament letters.  The Apostle Paul started all of his letters like this, regardless of the content of… Continue Reading

What a mess we are

It seems that God is not really all that good a creator. If God was the perfect artist, got it right every time, then how do you explain us. At best we are all happy accidents, to use the artist’s term for those unintended mistakes that turn out to be quite satisfying. We’re all still… Continue Reading

Column: You are not alone in this world

This world is a mess. It seems like all you read and hear about is another bombing. Another shooting. Peaceful protests turning into violent altercations. While there is a shortage of teachers in the classroom, there seems to be no shortage of teaching going on in violent video games and on the TV. Nationwide, the… Continue Reading

Blessed by patiently waiting

As Americans we avoid “wasting time” because “time is money,” right? We desire things instantly. We love fast food and frozen dinners. We expect online orders to arrive in no more than two days. Adults text three hours a day because we crave instant communication. On-demand video replaced Blockbuster stores because we love to watch… Continue Reading

Column: Who is my neighbor?

You have probably heard Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan. It is a familiar story, as is the basic point it makes: we ought to love our neighbors. The man to whom Jesus told the story knew this. But the really tricky part is uncovered by his question, “Who is my neighbor?” The story Jesus… Continue Reading

Counting the Christian vote

Politics is thick in the air.  It’s part of our bi-annual American ritual that leads up to voting for various candidates. Voting in elections is something my congregation takes seriously as I am certain 96 percent of the adults eligible to vote in the congregation, vote. As I am certain, the same high percentage of… Continue Reading

Column: Lessons of the past

I have an old poster that has Rembrandt’s painting of Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Daniel is sitting in the midst of a group of ferocious lions, in an attitude of deep prayer. The caption on the poster says; “Contrary to popular opinion, stress is not a 20th century phenomena.” I said it was old. Part… Continue Reading

Eliminating all the big clutter in our lives

A couple months ago I accidentally made a new and fairly significant lifestyle choice.  I was looking for something — I don’t even remember what it was now — and I found it in a dark corner of a basement closet.  In the process of looking for this object that I obviously don’t care a great… Continue Reading

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

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