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.
FAITH: World does not always feel just
It was one of those parking lot moments. As I approached the front entrance to Panera, already savoring that hot cup of coffee and wild blueberry scone, I spied a group of four young adult women heading to the same doors.
FAITH: Small group life key to Christian church
These opening weeks of 2015 might provide the impetus for some of you to join or form a small group for the purpose of increasing holy habits, deepening one’s faith and finding trustworthy friends.
FAITH: Although the spirit is willing, sometimes the flesh weakens
This congregational attendance app could revolutionize attendance at the principal weekly worship service so that at the final exam nobody will shriek in horror having skipped all the worship services.
FAITH: Rep. Sam Teasley missing the mark with proposed 'religious freedom' legislation
Let state workers be good Baptists, Methodists, Hindus, Rastafarians, Wiccans, Vegans, Scientologists or any of the other 10,000 recognized religions except while clocked in on the state dollar.
FAITH: Extremists use God's name to justify savagery
The writer of a letter to the editor of a Georgia newspaper, outraged over events in Paris, sounded a too-common fundamentalist theme by calling the prophet Muhammad Satan and all one billion Muslims as Satan worshipers, thereby defining the struggle as total good (Christians) versus total evil (Muslims).
FAITH: No single reading plan fits everybody
Last October I suggested we could become more mature disciples by becoming disciplined readers; the onset of a new year provides a good time to do so.
FAITH: The time for encouragement never expires
Christmas is a 12-day season, so people still have time to send greetings to others. Here are some individuals and groups I would send words of encouragement to over Christmas.
FAITH: Miamonides had eight levels of charitable giving
Miamonides’ scale had nothing to do with Hanukkah or Christmas gifts; his hierarchy describes giving to persons in need. The lowest level is a gift given grudgingly while the highest level enables a person to stand without need for further gifts.
FAITH: A pastor will never be caught up with visitation
There is no unanimity on the priority on pastoral visitation.
FAITH: Sanusi lives to witness to the true roots of Islam
Violent, fundamentalists who warp the Koran will attempt to massacre all who will get in their way, lumping tolerant Muslims along with Christians, Jews as “unbelievers.” Verbal or written resistance to their ruthlessness opens one up to kidnapping, torture or brutal death.