Stories tagged: Faith and Values
Sat., Oct. 21, 2017
Faith and Values: Sharing stories allows us to really know others
Stories are powerful. They have the ability to destroy illicit assumptions and ignite understanding. That’s why I made the decision to become a religion reporter.
Sat., Oct. 14, 2017
Faith and Values: Path to unity can be found in scripture, ‘If it is possible … live peaceably with all men.’
Media – social media in particular – have made it all too easy for us to substitute quick, cutting criticism in social discourse when tempered, thoughtful responses to divergent views …
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 10:48 p.m.
Faith and Values: Showing up for our young people
Recently, I was grieved to hear about five teenage football players in Creston, Iowa, who were photographed wearing KKK hoods with a burning cross and a Confederate flag, and who …
Sat., Sept. 23, 2017
Faith and Values: Where’s the bottom? God knows
God didn’t make us to live in the shallows of life. It may be a safer place. But God knows that the more abundant life is in the deeper, faster …
Sat., Sept. 16, 2017
Faith and Values: In grief, there’s a chance for reconciliation
I thought my intro column here would be different, lighter. I thought I’d tell you about my 15 years as a religion reporter and why I chose this peculiar and …
Sat., Aug. 26, 2017
Faith and Values: Letting scapegoats loose in our lives
So it’s up to us – you and me – to stop the vicious scapegoating game when and where we can! It may involve curbing our tongues, and thinking more …
UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Faith and Values: Tide-proof memories
Dear Katie, Claire and Andy, At the beginning of his 1966 novel, “The Gates of the Forest,” Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Weisel tells a simple, ancient Jewish parable. At …
UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 10:44 p.m.
Faith and Values: It does no good to compare ourselves to others, Steve Massey writes
Basic to human nature is our tendency to compare ourselves with others. We know better intellectually. But, in practice, many of us get caught in the comparison trap and can’t …
Sat., June 24, 2017
Faith and Values: Our national vision isn’t really poor
The “poor” are people, not religious or economic labels. We must work together as Americans first.
UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Faith and Values: First should come the listening, then the talking
This vying-to-be-heard-above-others is a contagion in our me-first culture. This despite the constant reminder from our own physiology that most of us have got the ratio terribly backward. Check the …
Fri., June 2, 2017, 9:35 p.m.
Faith and Values: Being human is a pre-existing condition
Religion, faith and values column for Saturday June 3.
Sat., April 22, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.