Stories tagged: Steve Massey
Wed., Aug. 16, 2017
Franta: Pastor’s views hurt trans youth
The piece was bad. Not because I don’t agree with the opinion, not because of some political stance, but because it does harm to the youth it ostensibly supports.
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 …
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., 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. 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., 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Fri., Feb. 12, 2016, 3:52 p.m.
Faith and Values: Love toward God enables genuine love toward others
But it’s a terrible distortion of true love that many of us struggle to shed as we get older. Love, so often, is conditioned on what others do, or don’t …
Sat., Jan. 9, 2016
Faith and values: Only affirmation needed comes from God
There is not only a bandage for people pleasers, but a cure. It is to find our security and worth not in others, or even ourselves, but in Jesus Christ.
Sat., Oct. 10, 2015
Steve Massey: Safe society is one that embraces God
Faith and Values column: A return to God could be the best way to stem tide of mass shootings.
Sat., Sept. 12, 2015
Faith and Values: Worry means you’re putting faith in the wrong things
Seasons change. So do people and politics.
Sat., July 11, 2015
Faith and Values: Hope in God should frame our response to court’s marriage decision
Disgust. Anger. Despair. Two weeks later, I still see it on their faces, hear it in their voices.
Sat., June 13, 2015
Faith and Values: Man can’t improve on God’s design for humanity
“Jurassic World” and our world have far too much in common these days. As the film is released this weekend, millions of us will pay millions more to see man …
Sat., May 9, 2015
Steve Massey: God is present in acts of compassion
Where is God in all of this? When an earthquake kills thousands in Nepal; when Christians are martyred in Syria; when a brave public servant is gunned down in Coeur …
Sat., March 14, 2015
Steve Massey: Politicized Christianity looks little like Jesus’ example
There’s a wrong way to be right. Few people show this more clearly, or frequently, than Idaho’s far right, what with its insistence on legislating morality, a la yesteryear’s Moral …
Sat., Jan. 10, 2015
Active faith has power to inform
For the past several months I’ve been rediscovering treasured possessions, precious things I had squirreled away and forgotten. It’s the kind of thing that happens to most of us when …
Sat., Dec. 13, 2014
Steve Massey: If we’re asking ‘Are we there yet?’ we’re missing Christmas message
‘Are we there yet?” Kids have been asking that question since the birth of wheeled vehicles: “Are we there yet?”
Sat., Nov. 8, 2014
Steve Massey: Desires, self-control at war in everyone
They tend to go together. Not like friends, really. More like sparring partners.
Sat., Sept. 13, 2014
Remembering God’s grace helps us reflect his true nature
What is God like? Is God mostly condemning, judgmental and stand-offish?
Sat., Aug. 16, 2014
Steve Massey: Why pastors shouldn’t preach politics
Should pastors preach politics? A report circulating among evangelical Christian pastors this month says the answer is yes, laments that most pastors do not, and insists they are cowards for …
Sat., July 12, 2014
Faith and Values: For a good summer read, rediscover the Bible
The New York Times doesn’t recommend it. It’s not on Oprah’s summer reading list. Nor does it make the cut for suggested summer reading at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or …
Sat., June 14, 2014
Through transitions, stay focused on calling to be Christian
June, more than any other month, is a season of transitions. Perhaps, like me, you’ve already been blessed this month to see singles turn into married couples, high schoolers into …
Sat., May 17, 2014
Steve Massey: Careful speech is measure of mature Christians
It’s been two months since I climbed the cold, narrow stone steps of Ireland’s Blarney Castle. And the jury still is out on the veracity of Blarney’s legend, which promises …
Sat., April 19, 2014
Faith and Values: Easter weekend a reminder of the importance of hope
Hope is powerful. Hope’s presence gives perspective and purpose for life. Hope’s absence guarantees confusion, pessimism, even despair.
Sat., Jan. 18, 2014
Steve Massey: Called to a different kind of exercise
Would you accept someone else setting a New Year’s resolution for you? Most of us would not. We rightly prefer to set our own goals for physical, relational and financial …
Sat., Dec. 14, 2013
An abundant, eternal gift that’s meant to be passed on
With due respect to the fabled “Jelly of the Month Club,” there really are gifts that keep giving the whole year. Like many of you, I keep mental lists of …
Sat., Nov. 16, 2013
Faith and Values: Acknowledge God’s hand in your Thanksgiving
‘What do you say?” The restless youngster stopped briefly, glanced at the clerk, then at the piece of candy, and shyly recited a phrase scripted by his questioning mother, and …
Sat., Oct. 19, 2013
Faith and Values: Convoy of Hope aims for ‘poverty-free day’ in CdA next summer
Is hope tangible? I’m encouraged that area churches now are planning to make it so, as preparations get underway for a Convoy of Hope outreach to needy families in Kootenai …