FAITH: Few political candidates endorse kindness strategy
Our daily behavior produces monumental, long term results. The choice is between whether by our behavior we want to build a better world or a more hostile place.
FAITH: Occasional change can help us appreciate different aspects of the Trinity.
Overlook that you’ll be in a congregation of strangers. In Christ all are brothers and sisters. Just go. You’ll be glad you did.
FAITH: News this week shows importance of the Bill of Rights
As long as the Bill of Rights (first 10 amendments to the Constitution) has been ratified, we’ve argued over their meaning. This week, in our nation and in Georgia, we’ve seen new chapters written for what it means to be a person of faith (and a gun owner).
FAITH: Books on men of the cloth are numerous
One book I have not read is South Georgia native and United Methodist pastor G. Lee Ramsey’s “Preachers and Misfits, Prophets and Thieves: The Minister in Southern Fiction.” It’s on my list and I wish I had written it.
FAITH: "The Deserted Village" should be required reading for all
One only has to read a few lines of Goldsmith to envision the empty storefronts of most small south Georgia towns: the boarded and shuttered dress shops, drug stores and movie theaters; the rotting farm houses; semi-collapsed barns, and rusting implements. This demonic process is still working its curse and few can resist the onslaught.
FAITH: One pastor moves in, another moves out on the same day
‘Moving day’ for South Georgia United Methodists is next Wednesday.
FAITH: Role pastors play not unlike that of Pope Francis
The next time you read a story about Pope Francis dealing with conflict and reconciliation, substitute the name of your pastor.
FAITH: The idea that we make God in our does not fairly describe biblical faith
Faith is not about aligning God with one’s pre-conceived notions of life and religion. Faith is about aligning self with God.
FAITH: No place for denigrating other faiths in prayer
These are ceremonial prayers and were already fairly innocuous even when they were not prayed in Jesus’ name.
FAITH: Congregations use various methods to try to pack the pews
When it comes to "pew retention" at church, the duty should be shared by every member.
FAITH: There is more than meets the eye when it comes to the faith development of children
Certainly it is important for a congregation to help youth find and articulate faith, but such treasure often grows by slow accretion, consisting of things as ordinary as seeing adults sing hymns of faith together or bow their heads to pray.
FAITH: Why be abrasive when witnessing to the love of God?
Because I was meeting a friend at the gate, I was subjected to this self-righteous verbal assault for 10 minutes, a man with a portable headset loudspeaker ensuring that nobody missed a single syllable. I was never so glad to see my friend finally appear.
FAITH: Buidling bridges doesn’t mean blurring our differences
Our nation is polarized these days in terms of race, class and religion. I read recently that counties with a Whole Foods grocery store vote overwhelmingly Democrat while counties with a Cracker Barrel vote overwhelmingly Republican.
FAITH: Ministers can offer a different perspective on church-owned housing
What kind of home is appropriate for a pastor? The answer depends on the socio-economic level of that congregation, the neighborhood where the church is located, the symbolic message the church wants to convey the community and its members and even the kind of pastor who may be attracted to congregation with a home in a certain school zone or ZIP code.
FAITH: Southern phyche says conversion is heart rather than head
What role does rationality play in the embrace of religion?