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.
FAITH: The older I get, the longer the list of what I am thankful for
Social scientists have devised various experiments to prove that giving thanks and counting blessings is good for the body and soul.
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.