Into the still of night

I pulled into the parking lot and turned off the engine. It wasn’t that much earlier than I usually arrive at church on Sunday mornings, but I was struck by how it was still night. Dark. Quiet....

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 15 hours ago | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

That fine line between folly and forgiveness

Maya Angelou once said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”This quote has recently resurfaced in social media in response to the overt racism in Charlottesville last...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

To every thing, a season?

There are things in this world that best ought not be hurried. Many of them lie within the purview of women – birth, the rising of bread, a holy death among them. Of course, any of these can be...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

We live by story, choose how we live

Not every religion has a sacred text. Among those that do, I’ve been pondering what their role might be in our 21st century world – a world of pluralism, science and technology and rapid global...

DATE: July 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Whatever will be, will be?

There is a question that has been trying to form in my mind of late. I say “trying” because depending on the context in which the question is applied, it takes on various nuances and permutations....

DATE: July 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Evolutionary understanding, unwavering truth

In what do you believe? I am part of a small group, all of whom would self-identify as Christian, or at least participate in a Christian community. We have recently been engaged in extended...

DATE: May 16, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Letting go of fear and living in Love

For those of us in churches that follow a liturgical calendar, the celebration of Holy Week is here. It began with Palm Sunday, the day Christians remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at Passover. ...

DATE: April 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Good News may be best news of the day

Good News. It’s a phrase in the Christian world that is often linked to Jesus ... as in “This is the Good News of Jesus Christ.” The transliteration of the Greek from which this phrase comes is...

DATE: March 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

A blessing that crosses borders, on moral ground

“God bless the United States of America.”Setting aside the annoying assumption that often lurks in the background of this pronouncement that God should bless the U.S. over and above other...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

A life-and-death choice for everyone

Who knew that an Army colonel’s wisdom could be so timely? Along with many of us, Margaret Wheatley didn’t. Wheatley is a writer, teacher, and speaker whose area of expertise is organizational...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

A harmony that may restore all as one

In the church where I serve we end our Sunday services repeating four times “Hozho na has dlii.” Over a year ago, one of our congregation, a Navajo woman, introduced us to this phrase and the...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2016 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

When love of Nation becomes idolatry

As we move into summer, I find myself, as I do this time every year, pondering the approaching Fourth of July and its relationship to church life and matters of faith.First a disclaimer: While I...

DATE: June 16, 2016 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

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