Embracing change and the heart of faith

This past week my attention was caught by the confluence of two streams that at their heart are related.The first stream consists of recent data about participation in the life of the Church in the...

DATE: June 19, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

The freedom and foundation leading to faith is like a goat rodeo

A musical friend recently blogged about attending a concert of The Goat Rodeo. While I am familiar with some of the musicians that make up the group (Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and Chris...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2013 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

What does 'go to church' mean to you?

It's a funny phrase we Christians use - "I go to church." For some of us it means that we show up on Sundays (or Saturdays). That might happen regularly. It might happen only at Christmas and...

DATE: March 15, 2013 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

40 days of Lent can broaden consciousness, sensitivity

Lent is upon us. This ancient Christian season is found nowhere in the Bible. The Church came up with it. Irenaus of Lyons who lived in the 2nd Century wrote about such a season, but it lasted only...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2013 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

At Christmastime, how do we return to the child-like?

If Norman Rockwell had painted a picture of the American family on Christmas morning (which he didn't - I checked), I imagine it would show kids in their pajamas around a Christmas tree. There...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2012 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Our changing fall light, color affects how and what we see

As we slip past the Autumnal Equinox and make our way toward winter, are you as aware as I am of the changing light? I moved here from Wisconsin where surely the light changes with the seasons as...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2012 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Jesus lived as a political person

Politics. In some gatherings it is a hot topic to be avoided at all costs. In other settings, especially during a presidential year, it is the topic of discussion. The same may be said of our...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Gods are no longer responsible for every natural event

“It is God’s will.” You may have heard this said in all kinds of circumstances — the illness or death of a loved one — financial crises — even loss due to natural disaster. You may have even said...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2012 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

What if we lived as if bound together as a loving family?

The self-made man. This is an image (misogynistic as it is) that defines an ideal in our country. It paints a picture of the man who is on his own — who is independent — who is strong — who don’t...

DATE: July 21, 2012 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

As rituals change, what will the future church look like?

Most of us have seen them — roadside altars where those who have died in traffic accidents are remembered. There is usually a cross, some plastic flowers, mementos of the deceased, and sometimes a...

DATE: June 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Church offers God’s food

“... Eat ... or otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” Here in the Four Corners, these words provide sound advice for those who, under their own steam, take advantage of our magnificent...

DATE: May 19, 2012 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

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