We have much more uniting us than dividing us.
These are the fishing prospects for this weekend for the Flint River and lakes Blackshear, Seminole and Walter F. George.
One prays for the day when leaders at all levels of government (and business and church) will practice a deep sense of morality.
This week I had the privilege of praying over the democratic process at one of its most basic levels. I was invited to pray before the Macon-Bibb County commissioners’ monthly meeting.
Reports indicate that the Roman Catholic Church is trying to come to a rapprochement with the Chinese Communist government over that government’s control of the Chinese Catholic Church.
The Associated Press and the New York Times reported last week that Chinese authorities blew up a Chinese megachurch in that country’s Shanxi Province.
The worst Christmas sermon I ever preached was to my first congregation, a little country chuch of three dozen humble farmers, blue-collar workers and retirees — few with much education.
I have been nourished and empowered by the church now for almost 70 Christmases and my gratitude for and appreciation of the way the church imparts the faith in this season is strong.
From what I can tell, this dazzling collection attempts to walk a fine line between hard-edged scholarship and the faith claim that the Christian Bible is the sacred Word of God, true and life changing.
What is the most wrong in this protest is the implication that prayer is contrasted with action. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Reviewing the history preceding that historic agreement and the events following it has reminded me that the creation of Israel was far more complex than the stroke of a pen.
As the quincentennial anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany nears on Tuesday, I am sure he had no idea what he set in motion.
A federal judge in Wisconsin has ruled (Oct. 6) that the clergy housing allowance, enacted by Congress in 1954, is unconstitutional.
What I know and have discovered again this week is that if one doesn’t already have a deep repository of faith, it is almost impossible to find an anchor in the moment of crisis.
Earlier this week, I was privileged to join with five pastors to encourage, support and train a group of approximately 20 other Methodist pastors in a proven way to maintain and sustain their physical, spiritual and mental health.
The history books are filled with those who were convinced they could create a universal, loving, equitable and just society if they could just withdraw from the rest of flawed humanity. The failure rate is 100 percent.
I wonder if the religious community – a very broadly defined group – believes there is any work to be done in Albany and Doughtery County regarding race relations and respect for each other?
Last Sunday afternoon, floating down the Toccoa River in a yellow inner tube outside of Blue Ridge, I began thinking about the Celtic saints and pilgrims who trusted their lives to God in a tiny, one person sailing vessel called a coracle.
What I learned over the years was that people would tolerate the pastor mentioning world and national events in the preaching or the prayers if it didn’t feel like the pastor was heavy handed.
Does the church still preach a faith in God’s power to change us so dramatically that other people won’t even recognize us anymore?
The Pew Research Center reports that 74 percent of Americans own smart phones and the American Bible Society reports that 50 percent of Americans read their Bibles online.
Perhaps you have read about a new statue of Clarence Darrow, the humanist lawyer who famously contended with William Jennings Bryan in the “monkey trial” in Dayton, Tenn., in 1925. At that trial, Dayton teacher John Scopes was accused of violating Tennessee law by teaching evolution.
A couple of weeks ago, we worshipped at a church in Denver, Colo. The worship service was inspiring. But that’s not what caught my attention that morning.
The order was so short on substance that the litigation-happy American Civil Liberties Union shrugged their shoulders and said they wouldn’t waste their time suing over this harmless pile of words.
One can hardly make a commercial transaction without being asked to complete a customer service survey. Who has time for these surveys?
Thank God, most who serve the church/synagogue/mosque are extremely ethical and self-denying. But not everybody. And just because a person is ethical doesn’t mean they are making the best decisions for the organization.
So many of us will rise much earlier than usual this Easter Sunday, ignoring creaky, achy joints, bundling babies and small children, braving a cold morning by pulling out a topcoat and scarf or resigning self to shivering in a sleeveless Easter dress or blue jeans and a tee shirt.
Those who plagiarize give a congregation the impression that they have worked out their sermons as a result of prayerful study when, in reality, they have lifted them from elsewhere.
I admit to losing my patience with those who employ the word “persecution” to describe the smallest indignity, cheapening a very serious word by over-using it.
Pastors often must make tough choices when it comes to congregational care, balancing the requests of church members while trying to remain true to the pastor’s faith, theology and meaning of the church.
The first step to devaluing another human being is to describe the other as less than a person — as something foul and disgusting to be flushed down the toilet, for instance.