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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 we move into a different house, which my wife and I did last fall.

Why do Jesus-followers want to discriminate?

For some time, I’ve watched the political skirmishes that pit religious people and/or organizations against cities, counties, states or our country. It’s past time that I publicly ask my question: Why do religious people want the right to discriminate against other people? The issue bubbled to my surface after watching news reports of the owners of The Hitching Post in Coeur d’Alene fight against the city’s human rights ordinance. Because of their religious beliefs, the owners wanted to be able say “no” to same-sex couples wanting to be married.

Basic message can get lost in glitz

It seems in recent months I’ve heard the words “relevant” and “relevance” in a variety of settings. It’s been years since these words were used to describe the ways of communicating in meaningful ways. But last week, I saw a feature article in this newspaper that brought “relevance” rushing back to me. The article’s headline was “Churches increasingly market services to young media users.” Above that headline was the photo of a billboard in downtown Spokane that asked the rhetorical question: “Have You Tweeted Jesus Lately? “ (I hope it was only rhetorical.)

At our best as humans, we know how to blush

“Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.” Mark Twain said that in his “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar” many years ago. I wonder if he ever read the prophet Jeremiah.

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 failing to so do.

See the genius of God’s commandment to rest

Occasionally, writing this column takes some very unexpected twists and turns. My original thought for today was to begin with last weekend’s inductees into the NFL Hall of Fame. A statue is made of each inductee’s head. It will sit in the Hall of Fame for people to “ooo” and “ahhh” over for decades to come. These little statuettes reminded me of the golden calf worshipped by the Israelites after their Exodus from the grip of Egypt’s Pharaoh. I had wanted to rant about idols and how they differ from icons. (My righteous indignation can become too predictable – read “boring” – at times.)

Donald Clegg: Is consciousness an illusion?

I’ve been thinking about the nature of consciousness for a few decades now, trying to find a satisfactory explanation for the puzzling thing, entity, ghost, epiphenomenon, whatever-you-want-to- call-it, that we label a “self.” Do we even have one, or does it have us, or is it just an illusion? Then, trailing along like someone’s kid brother, comes a host of other riddles: free will and/or determinism; dualism and/or monism; the philosopher’s zombie – possible or not? Quale and qualia, real or not? Translated, are YOU – yes, you – just a zombie? Apparently in possession of human qualities but really without an inner life at all? (Actually, this might be a fair description of most Americans.) And what is your experience of the scent and color of a red rose (quale, singular, qualia, plural) and is that experience in congruence with the real rose? So many questions, so few answers.

Paul Graves: Keep patriotic, religious fevers in perspective

Red-white-and-blue isn’t black-or-white. (The connecting words “and” and “or” should be a linguistic clue, but we usually skip right over them.) This is THE weekend of fever-pitch patriotism for our country. And it is right to be proud of our country. Its opportunities are astounding.

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 adults, college students into professionals.

Paul Graves: How you see is what you get

Dear Andy, Katie and Claire, I mixed your names in the salutation on purpose. I wanted to see you three in a little different way (not always in age order), and mixing the names helped. Looking at people and things in different ways is a good way to clear up our heart-sight, if not our eyesight.

Faith and Values: There’s not enough room here to list the pressures on our planet

I’m about two-thirds of the way through Alan Weisman’s new book, “Countdown.” His last foray, “The World Without Us,” perused the notion of humanity’s sudden disappearance from the planet and the time that the world would need to, well, recover from us. This time, he’s engaged in a worldwide investigation into population pressure, whether we can mitigate its effects, and whether we actually have enough time left to do so voluntarily. That is, before the planet does it for (to?) us.

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 eloquent speech to all who kiss the stone atop the castle tower. Kiss Blarney stone, the Irish say, and get the gift of gab.

Hope’s road signs embolden us along our human journey

Today is the second Saturday of the month. As it happens, I’ve been convener of a Dementia Support Group in Sandpoint since September. So today is the day when adult children and spouses of loved ones living with dementia gather to find a glimmer of hope. At every meeting, I silently wonder whether any of the participants see that hope glimmer, and if seeing it, embrace it as their own. Today, I won’t be silent. I plan to ask these loving people where their hopes lie. Their hopes certainly cannot lie in “someone” finding a way to reverse the dementia in their spouses or parents. No answers there yet!

Heaven has no place on Earth

I have a couple of anecdotes for your perusal, which may or may not appear related, but first, a correction from my last column. I misattributed the quote, “When I am, death is not. When I am not, death is.” While I like and admire Erasmus, let’s instead credit Epicurus, even more a kindred spirit of mine. Now, having introduced two key words – death and spirit – here are my two little stories. Someone asked me a couple of days ago (I’m writing this on April 19) what I had planned for Easter. I said, “Nothing much, maybe go out for brunch or a movie, and I always consider it a good excuse for an extra nice dinner.” She seemed somewhat shocked at my lack of reverence, I suppose, for the holiday. Oh well. I said that I didn’t follow any particular religion and let it go at that.