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?
FAITH COLUMN: Putin aligns takeover of Crimea with religious sentiments
We Western Christians often oversimplify events that are in reality far more complex than we grasp.
FAITH COLUMN: Should prayers include issues such as currency value and financial policy?
An African archbishop’s prayer for his nation’s currency value and order that Satan release his old on the central bank call to question whether issues such as money and the economy should be included in prayers.
FAITH: Failing to understand others’ religious motivations leads to marginalizing
There is little wiggle room in the church any more and those who seek consensus are often portrayed as soft-headed and soft-hearted.
FAITH: Legislation on guns in churches not state’s responsibility
I hate the idea of guns in church. But because I hate even more the idea of government in church I’ve changed my mind on this one.
FAITH COLUMN: Prayer was focal point of angry debate
The church will always struggle with the temptation to use power to define the parameters of holiness and reach consensus on the nature of God. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us, all sinners.
FAITH: Definition of distractions may differ
Most distractions the wise pastor learns to ignore, hoping to lead by example: a siren screaming, a ring tone chirping, an entire family obliviously walking down the center aisle during the reading of the scripture, a sanctuary too hot or cold, drooping flowers, precariously tilted candles, even frightened birds flying through the sanctuary. Eventually the calm pastor gets the upper hand.
FAITH COLUMN: The public stance on the constitution has made many Copts uncomfortable
Coptic Christians comprise about 10 percent of the Egyptian population and have endured ostracism and violence over the centuries.
FAITH COLUMN: Hundreds of factors guide where a person eventually decides to worship
Each person has unique criteria for determining which house of worship is the most comfortable fit.
FAITH COLUMN: There are many motivations for giving church another try
God uses many motivating factors to encourage people to engage in worship.
FAITH COLUMN: Touching on money matters is usually touchy with congregations
Pope Francis isn’t the first religious leader to say tough things about capitalism and he won’t be the last.
FAITH COLUMN: Sin thickets are easy to get trapped in
Everyone has sins and flaws from which they need to be rescued, which brings out the joy of what Christmas is all about.
FAITH COLUMN: A new nativity figure is a reminder of the realities of the world
The more powerful an individuals thinks to be, the more insecure and anxious that person can become.