OPINION: Hot topics come to mind one at a time
Looking at meaning in a sign, faithfulness in attendance and leaders wearing thin with their flock.
OPINION: The church attitudes of the 1950s are reflected in the aging Finch in the Harper Lee sequel
Harper Lee’s father, Amasa Coleman Lee, an attorney who most agree was the role model for Atticus Finch, was a lay Methodist preacher, a leader at First Methodist Church Monroeville, a teetotaler and a member of the Alabama Alcohol Control Board. He confronted a minister about preaching on social issues before advocating for racial harmony in his later life.
OPINION: Not much enlightenment on the lighting aisle
Used to be one’s biggest decision was whether to purchase a 40-, 60- or 100-watt bulb. Now, purchasing a light bulb is loaded with so much terminology that one yearns for the days when the incandescent bulbs with the little wires that went “pop” were the only choice.
OPINION: Religious identity is more important than we acknowledge
Polls show that those who identify themselves as Christian (of any denomination) is waning, implying a weakening of religious identity.
FAITH COLUMN: North Carolina law would allow religious conscience to decide action by county officials
North Carolina lawmakers, not waiting to hear how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the legality of gay marriage, has passed a law that allows any county registrar to refuse, by reason of religious conscience, to issue a marriage license to a same sex couple.
FAITH COLUMNIST: Nine are killed in what should be a place of peace
One can’t help but ask – even though it is unfair to lump people together – what is wrong with a subset of angry, murderous, white men in our nation? Sandy Hook. Aurora. Now Charleston. Even sacred places are targets for cowardly assassins who murder elementary school children and moviegoers.
FAITH COLUMNIST: The arrival of a new church pastor can bring with it some anxiety
This Sunday I will experience an event that most laypersons have gone through many times. A new senior pastor will stand in the pulpit where I worship.
FAITH COLUMNIST: People forget, but God doesn't
Stones may mark our spot, if we choose burial, for centuries to come, but those beneath those stones will sooner, rather than later, be a vague memory.
FAITH COLUMNIST: Country cemeteries testaments to less mobile society
A country cemetery whispers of continuity and eternity in ways that modern burial places cannot replicate.
FAITH COLUMNIST: The debate over the meaning of history will never end
One age’s heroes are another era’s goats; villains become sainted and vice versa, frustrating some and inspiring others.
FAITH COLUMNIST: Nancy Perry is on the sidelines,w ith only herself to blame
What school system did public middle school teacher Nancy Perry think she was teaching in? What made her tell her impressionable 8th-graders that anybody who voted for President Obama couldn’t be a Christian?
FAITH COLUMNIST: Clergy, by the nature of their calling, often feel isolated
Clergy mental health is not as strong and vibrant as it should be, a statement that may seem surprising.
FAITH COLUMNIST: Organizational life is rarely easy or simple
Solitary spirituality quickly becomes self-serving and, eventually, vestigial. The church, even with its deficiencies and failings, inculcates faith and spirituality, serves others, stands in the breach, takes difficult, painful, courageous positions and dies to self for the sake of others.
FAITH COLUMNIST: Generosity, lawmaking, ordination and Holy Week
The most meaningful season of the Christian Church year is upon us.
FAITH: War, once unleashed, knows few boundaries
The radical Muslim ISIS state is wantonly pillaging, plundering, selling and demolishing irreplaceable religious sites in the Middle East.