Stories tagged: Faith and Values
Sat., April 22, 2017, midnight
Faith and Values: A matter of alignment?
I felt and heard the CRACK! of my back as the chiropractor found the right spot on my vertebrae to bring my back into re-alignment. I don’t have this procedure …
Fri., April 7, 2017, 5 p.m.
Faith and Values: Resurrection of spring brings another, more important, resurrection to mind
The days between Palm Sunday and next Sunday’s Easter are cues from our very calendars to slow down and marvel at God’s great love for people like us.
Sat., March 25, 2017, midnight
Faith and values: Look beyond Jesus’ words for the real meaning in the Scriptures
“Unless you do far better than the Pharisees in the matters of right living, you won’t know the first thing about entering the kingdom.” Jesus directly challenges those who obey …
UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 9:48 p.m.
Faith and Values: Yes, it costs to check the baggage of guilt; it costs faith
You know, a lot of us live our entire lives this way, lugging around the heavy baggage of guilt, bitterness and worry. We end up weighed down, envying – or …
Sat., March 4, 2017, midnight
Faith and Values: Centrifugal pain in our spirits
In the mid-1950s, a particular carnival was a summer attraction in my hometown, Kellogg. Its most fascinating ride was The Round Up. Customers would climb onto a circular floor surrounded …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Faith and values: Mercy and humility are the grease that keeps relationships working
You can learn a lot about relationships at an auto parts store.
Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, midnight
Faith and Values: Jesus gives alternative inaugural address in Luke’s Gospel
It would have taken Jesus two tweets to share his address on social media. But he did better than that. He lived his address in a dangerous environment. His inaugural …
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, midnight
Faith and Values: Leave cynicism, complaining at the door to ‘leave no trace’ on your fellow humans
Thoughtful Christians set their minds on what is right, true, lovely and worthy of thanks to God. Grateful words flow from that mindset.
Sat., Dec. 24, 2016, 8 a.m.
Faith and Values: Manger story brings about the power to heal
Paul Graves writes a Christmas letter to his grandchildren.
Sat., Dec. 10, 2016, 6 a.m.
Faith and Values: Finding God’s grace in the busyness of the season
The lights and trees, the eggnog and shopping, they’re among the wonderfully wrapped boxes of Christmas, but not the real gift. How easy it is to get it all backward. …
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 11 a.m.
Faith and Values: Gratitude and judgment in the shadows
Shadows get an undeservedly bad reputation in our culture. It’s like we see shadows only in “black or white,” or “dark or light” terms. Too bad, because we do most …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 6:20 p.m.
Faith and Values: Finding peace during difficult days a challenge for us all
Tired of it yet? The fighting. Blaming. Name-calling.
Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, 7:54 p.m.
Faith and Values: Voting is a powerful privilege
Treat your voting at all levels as a privilege rather than a duty. It is too easy to get cynical about voting. Fight against that by knowing you live in …
Sat., Oct. 8, 2016, midnight
Steve Massey: Respect must outweigh contentiousness
“I hate it when they shout over each other.” So she quickly tuned out last week, quitting her resolve to watch this fall’s presidential debates in their entirety.
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 11:28 a.m.
Faith and Values: Telling ‘it’ like it is can come with a cost
Yet when we fabricate truth as we want it to be, we aren’t free at all.
Fri., Sept. 9, 2016, 3 p.m.
God uses disappointments to make good
Life’s disappointments need not be useless to us. We can trust God will use them for his good purposes. Like a master craftsman, God is able to work with life’s …
Sat., Sept. 3, 2016, 6:13 a.m.
Paul Graves: Rhetoric has meaning, and costs
Any political campaign, from national to local, is a great example of how words can be used so cheaply to communicate whatever fears, angers, or hopes the candidates use to …
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, 4 p.m.
Faith and Values: Peace, unity without God are futile
The answer to the day’s salient question – what’s wrong with this world? – is this: This world’s people are alienated from the God who created it. And any attempt …
Sat., July 30, 2016, midnight
Faith and Values: God’s love neutralizes perils of our ‘victimhood’
“Versus” is in our cultural DNA. I suspect that until “versus” and its abbreviated form “vs” dwindle in our thinking, speaking, and writing, our super-sized fears will not subside.
Fri., July 8, 2016, 6 p.m.
Faith and values: Forget ‘great’; let’s get back to ‘good’
There’s so much talk these days about making America great again. Recent headlines suggest we’d first better make America good again.
Sat., June 25, 2016, midnight
Faith and Values: Making threshold decisions every day
The Rev. Paul Graves writes to his three grandchildren encouraging their continued decision-making for the common good.
Fri., June 10, 2016, 7 p.m.
Exhibit uses art to ‘Bridge’ religious differences, commonalities
A traveling art exhibit that has been displayed in the oldest church in Paris, set up in the Westown Hub of Cario, and reached the United States on the University …
Fri., June 10, 2016, 2:17 p.m.
Faith and Values: The aftermath of gorilla’s death at Cincinnati Zoo teaches us about human nature
The death of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo taught us about human nature – and the lessons are far from flattering.
Sat., May 28, 2016, 8:25 a.m.
Faith and Values: ‘I Refuse to be Your Enemy’
We all – I mean all –get angry, fearful, and those emotions play havoc with our deeper nature. That part of us can be buried beneath the fear, anger, woundedness, …
Fri., May 6, 2016, 1:28 p.m.
Steve Massey: All Christians can do is vote
Would you willingly allow thieves into your home to rob you of what you treasure? Before you shrug off the rhetorical question, consider this: Many of us right now are …
Sat., April 23, 2016, 8:56 a.m.
Living in the deep waters helps us build faith and trust
Dear Katie, Claire and Andy, Your grampa’s column-writing has hit a little milestone of sorts, and I wanted to share it with you. This column begins my 21st year of …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 7 p.m.
Passover vacation niche grows to dozens of destinations
For many Jews, traveling to vacation hotspots during the eight-day Passover holiday has become a way of avoiding the hassle of heeding religious rules that require scrubbing a home clean …
Sun., March 27, 2016, 4 a.m.
What if the great outdoors isn’t the greatest? Religious leaders weigh in on ‘Nature is my church’ notion
“Nature is my church” is a common refrain in the Inland Northwest, but religious leaders say church isn’t about the building or place, it’s about the being with the people …
Fri., March 25, 2016, midnight
Faith and Values: To embrace our humanness is to begin resurrection
Traditional interpretations aside, I suggest their common human suffering and human hope bonded Jesus and the second thief in ways we may often just miss. Further, I suggest Jesus’ promise …
Fri., March 11, 2016, 3:18 p.m.
Faith and Values: Politics shouldn’t be distinct from Christian faith
It’s surprising, and disappointing to Pastor Steve Massey, that so many evangelical Christians and Christian pastors are endorsing Donald Trump, whose claims to be a Christian are contradicted daily by …