Losing your life, and finding the divine

Durango is a nice enough town. I suspect it’s favored by those who live there. After all, for them it is home. But I can’t imagine choosing to live there – not after living in Cortez. And maybe not...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

One family in Christ, with values in sync?

I’ve been thinking recently about the phrase “family values.” This is a concept that inhabits both the religious and the political spheres. The extent to which those spheres influence the actual...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Publicly confessed racism can move souls to peace

Recently I ran across a quote I’d once copied and saved. The quote says that “fear and loss brought to speech lead to energy.” It gives a corollary that “fear and loss not brought to speech lead to...

DATE: July 16, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Systemic sin, climate change and choice

Small churches, like other small groups, tend to be homogenous. Members most often look at the world through the same, or similar, lenses. For the most part they believe the same things; they hold...

DATE: April 16, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Rushing to a conclusion smothers seeds of New Life

Premature convergence. That was my take-away from a training I recently attended. While it is not a phrase I’d heard before, I recognized it immediately – in myself. Premature convergence is...

DATE: March 19, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Living in Christ in the community of Church

I’ve been asked more than once by members of the congregation I serve to video my sermons and put them on our website. When I decline, they often ask if I wouldn’t just post the texts on the...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2015 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

An invitation to engage our faith in a conversation

Prompted by an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor whose blog I read, I have sent an invitation to the people of the Church I serve. The invitation is to join in an Advent conversation....

DATE: Dec. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Celebrating a transcendent union

All Souls. All Saints. Dia de los Muertos. Some of us Christians have recently celebrated these days of remembrance. As the days grow shorter, their timing is no accident. We are moving into...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Living (and dying) by God’s good Nature

Today when I read Ezekiel J. Emanuel’s article in the October edition of “The Atlantic” titled, “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” I knew there were others thinking along the same lines I do. For years...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Experience the fullness of this moment

By Leigh Waggoner “This moment” is all there is. And the moment that existed when you read that first sentence no longer is. Another moment – “this moment” is all there is. Because we have brains...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Here or Out There?

For so long, most of us raised in Christian churches were taught the notion that heaven and God were out there, and life here had little connection except that you’d better be good or you would not...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Think on these things

I like to think of myself as a flexible and open person. Maybe I’m just open to new people and new ideas … not so much to new things. If I’d been born at the time when electricity was being put...

DATE: July 17, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

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