FAITH: What might Sabbath observance look like in your life?
I have discovered in my older age and in my retirement that for the first time in my adult life all days are potentially just about the same, which makes it even more imperative that I become intentional in observing the Sabbath, a practice I find deeply satisfying even in my imperfect practice of it.
FAITH: Sabbath keeper or Sabbath breaker
What a bizarre experience. I have never been in a grocery store at 11 a.m. on Sunday –the only commerce I ever transact on Sunday is dining out.
FAITH: Reason finally wins in dispute between Houston mayor, ministers
No government body has the right to suppress what is preached or taught in the church, a foundational principle that of course must be applied to synagogue and mosque as well.
FAITH: Much fear about Muslims deeply unfounded
What most Americans think of Muslims is terribly skewed towards the incessant television and Internet coverage of the warring Middle Eastern Shias and Sunnis.
FAITH: People disgruntled with their situations consider walking out
I honor that there comes a time when a person must either maintain loyalty and allegiance to the present system (church, nation, business, relationship) by working to improve it or take a new direction individually or with a group.
FAITH: Few pastors are self-defined and connected
For every pastor this move towards self-definition is a work in progress. Friedman writes that many pastors know how to stay connected with congregation members, fewer pastors know how to be self-defined and the fewest pastors of all are able to be both self-defined and connected.
FAITH: Most important task for church leader
The life and health of a congregation, not to mention the life of the pastor/rabbi, is directly related to the pastor’s ability to relate to self.
FAITH: How many children are hungry in Albany, Ga.?
Love children. Hug children. Laugh with children. Play with children. Protect children. Teach children. Defend children. Pray for and with children.
FAITH: Baptists are plentiful and fervent
Every time I knocked on the door of a new resident the Baptists had long since arrived and the newcomers were already talking about immersion.
FAITH: Our words count more than we acknowledge
For almost 40 years I written and spoken billions of words. Have they been careful? Have they been truthful? Have they been grace filled? Have they reflected the love, mercy, justice and judgment of God? I shall be called to account for all of them.
FAITH: There's no single pattern of conversion
For those who want to explore the concept of conversion, to feel more confident about the process or to go deeper into this vital, necessary aspect of the Christian faith I recommend the 1984 book Conversions: The Christian Experience, edited by Hugh T. Kerr and John M. Mulder.
FAITH: Could value be found in creating a Religious Intensity Poll?
Such a poll would cover certain months of each church year, say from the First Sunday in Advent to Pentecost Sunday, roughly a seven-month season (December–June). Churches could be placed in various “leagues” according to congregation size so that smaller churches would not compete against mega-churches.
FAITH: Decisions that seem foolhardy to outsiders are the stuff of Christian witness
Christians are not the only courageous people, but my faith background leads me to recognize two examples of people who have risked themselves for others.
FAITH: Ranking the elements of worship in terms of meaning
This is a hopelessly subjective question. One week the anthem might top the list, the next week the sermon. One week the praise band or the pipe organ might be the most inspiring element and one week it could be the morning prayer or a hymn that the congregation sings with particular fervor.
FAITH: Few things have changed in the political realm since the period leading up to World War I
The negotiating table, whether it be in Iran, Ukraine, Israel, North Korea or Afghanistan, is still populated with leaders pontificating nobly while scheming desperately.