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.
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.