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Faith and Values: Gathering at church is essential for spiritual growth and community

Whatever the politicians say, the Bible tells us that growing as Christians requires us to be in community with each other.


Faith and Values: Getting unstuck takes some effort

Even for those of us who endure the coronavirus pandemic with a minimum of disruption, I sense we all live in some degree of “stuck.” Arguably, everyone alive right now …


UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020

Spokane churches chart different paths after President Trump says worshipping should resume immediately

The Rev. Ken Peters of Covenant Christian Church criticized Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders to stay home on Sunday, while other worship leaders said they didn’t want to risk their congregations’ …


UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

Pandemic will alter Communion rituals for many US Christians

Holy Communion will have a different look when in-person worship services resume at the end of May in the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee: The wafers signifying the body of …


‘GOD TV’ spat exposes tensions between Israel, evangelicals

An evangelical broadcaster who boasted of miraculously securing a TV license in Israel now risks being taken off the air over suspicions of trying to convert Jews to Christianity.


Faith and Values: Prayer is the antidote to anxiety in times of a global pandemic

We already know why we’re anxious. We’ve been isolated for weeks; we still don’t know whether we or someone we love will be sickened by coronavirus; our wallets feel the …


Faith and Values: Being away from the church doesn’t mean we have to be away from God on this Easter Sunday

The coronavirus pandemic is pressing us Christians to practice what we’ve long preached: The church is not a building, but a people set apart by God for His glory in …


Faith and Values: God calls on us to heal each other’s loneliness

It’s more dangerous than obesity.


Faith and Values: The problem with tolerance

Instead of saying we “tolerate” other faith traditions, shouldn’t we be saying we “accept” them?


Faith and Values: What overwhelms us is what brings us closer to God

Sorrow – over Kobe Bryant’s death. Fear – of a growing and global coronavirus outbreak.


Faith and Values: Take Obama’s advice and don’t just ‘cancel’ those you disagree with

What is cancel culture? In a nutshell, it’s a subculture that consists of people who have eliminated other people from their lives, based on perceptions of their having behaved inappropriately.


Faith and Values: For open minds, Spokane is home to a diverse religious tradition that should be celebrated

In my time on the religion beat, I’ve been able to cover groups and events that have confirmed that gut feeling I had growing up, the one that said


Faith and Values: Look outward for spiritual growth in the new year

People of faith always swim against a strong current of new fascinations that pull us away from the proven, ordinary graces that grow our love toward God and others.


Faith and Values: Feeling stuck? Go create

Sometimes allowing ourselves to do our work badly – work which is so important, which is so worth doing – is what allows us to do it at all.


Faith and Values: Jesus challenged religious, political status quo of his time – and ours

When we celebrate Jesus’ birth only as a “Jesus sweet and mild” newborn, we unconsciously dismiss the radically prophetic message his birth and whole life embodied.


Faith and Values: Christmas gifts are are not ends but byproducts of relationship with God

Let the incarnation – God clothed in humanity, born of a virgin – remind us that there is nothing we can do for our salvation, it must be a work …


Faith and Values: Why people of faith shouldn’t support President Trump

This isn’t my usual “feel good” column. I thought hard about whether to write this or not, as I never want to alienate people, but I’ve heard the chatter and …


Faith and Values: Don’t just cope with disillusionment, learn from it

I have dreams for our community to become stronger, to move forward. To do that we need to push through the smog — the discouragement — and find the other, …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Christian centers turn to contraception to offer abortion alternatives

When a low-income woman searches for reproductive care, she often goes to a Planned Parenthood clinic, where she’s treated as a patient with an array of medical options. Or she …


Faith and Values: A mind at rest is a mind surrendered to God

Rather than encouraging laziness, each approaching Sabbath urged God’s people to work efficiently, knowing a day without work was coming.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Share of Americans with no religious affiliation growing

The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the …


Faith and Values: Through God’s forgiveness, we have peace with him

To believe in the love of God is not to believe he dismisses offenses or does not care about them. No, it is to cling confidently by faith to the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019

Muslim activist, Christian pastor to speak against Islamophobia at Gonzaga University

Aneela Azfali and the Rev. Terry Kyllo will bring their interfaith message to Gonzaga’s Jepson Center auditorium as part of their “Fear Over Faith Roadshow,” which aims to dispel misconceptions …


Faith and Values: God uses those who abandon their faith to purify his church

People who “fall away” from their faith with finality simply demonstrate that they never had faith in the first place – just the appearance of it.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019

Faith and Values: Jesus didn’t play zero-sum games

Our religious doctrines are pockmarked with winner/loser theologies – zero-sum games on steroids. Yet along comes Jesus and effectively says, “God won’t play your zero-sum game of scarcity. Neither will …


Marc A. Thiessen: To restore Notre Dame, we must restore its fundamental purpose

Notre Dame is not a museum. It is not even primarily a symbol of France. It is a house of worship.


Elizabeth Bruenig: How Jerry Falwell Jr. found his MAGA religion

Jerry Falwell Jr. is once again spreading his uniquely modern, American version of a business philosophy roughly based on the religion known as Christianity.


Michael Gerson: A passion for social justice is inseparable from the Christian gospel

It is neither realistic nor fair to ignore the current damage of mass incarceration and failed educational institutions on minority groups. Repentance is in order – along with a passion …


Michael Gerson: The massive failure of Christian political leadership

Three recent news items: – At the Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “We see moral relativism becoming more and more pervasive in our culture. Identity …


UPDATED: Sun., May 20, 2018

Leonard Pitts Jr.: For some, ‘faith’ has little to do with Jesus

Today, we will discuss one of the most pressing threats to American Christianity. Meaning, of course, American Christians. Yes, that’s an overly broad statement. All those Christians whose faith requires …