Stories tagged: Faith and Values
Mon., Aug. 12, 2019
Those of us white folks who think that we’re the “
Mon., Aug. 5, 2019
With only feeble and tardy restraint from our institutions, our desires and dreads are subtly stoked so as to compromise our judgment and prudence.
Mon., July 29, 2019, 6:38 p.m.
People I don’t agree with have good qualities, and it’s up to me to find out what they are. It’s not fair to judge or label them based on signs …
Mon., July 22, 2019
God listens to the languages of our hearts – however healthy or unhealthy they may be –and then loves us, so we can use that same listening art to offer …
Mon., July 1, 2019, 5 a.m.
A 425-mile bike ride across Washington raised money for – and important perspectives on – refugee resettlement.
Mon., June 24, 2019, 4 a.m.
When identity politics drives us to exclude ourselves from others, we’ve missed Jesus’ whole point about loving our enemies.
Mon., June 17, 2019, 4 a.m.
A Facebook meme I received about the growing population of Muslims in the U.S. reinforces a valuable lesson about the importance of engaging with each other.
UPDATED: Sun., June 2, 2019, 11:06 p.m.
Who qualifies as an atheist depends on how the term is defined. In the old days, failure to believe in particular gods could peg you as an atheist.
Mon., May 27, 2019, 4 a.m.
So much of Christian theology and the rituals resulting over the centuries from that theology have focused on people basically being “worthless,” in ultimate need of salvation. Well, as I …
Sun., May 12, 2019, 5 a.m.
My mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day are only about a week apart. I used to love the challenge of finding creative ways to celebrate both events.
Mon., April 29, 2019
When I was 7 years old, I got caught and punished for lying about completing homework. I don’t remember what the homework was; I don’t remember what the punishment was, …
Mon., April 22, 2019, 5 a.m.
Easter’s message can be one of restoration, reconciliation
Mon., April 15, 2019, 4:01 a.m.
Every once in awhile I’m asked by a church to fill the pulpit. This month Origin Church, which is gifting its property to SpokaneFāVS, asked me to preach about religious …
Mon., April 8, 2019, 5 a.m.
Traditionalist Methodist views about LGBTQ continue a painful division in the church, as well as personal disappointment and anger. However, gods can be small on both sides.
Mon., April 1, 2019, 5 a.m.
Know I’m not alone when I say that I worry for my children.
Mon., March 18, 2019, 5 a.m.
I reached my goals, but somewhere along the way I became discontented with what I had achieved. Now I wanted more. I want more money, more house, more property.
Mon., March 4, 2019, 5 a.m.
We will thrive. We will surround each other with hope, curiosity and solidarity that causes all to thrive. With hope, we build a better community. In this future, people of …
Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 5 a.m.
As we were receiving the offering at worship, a man’s daughter asked if he had any cash. He only had a $20 bill, so he put it in the offering …
Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 5 a.m.
Today’s increasingly lax abortion laws send a chill into the hearts of those who see in utero children as God’s own – actual, real people made in God’s image, lives …
Tue., Feb. 5, 2019
My wife and I occasionally reminisce about one of our favorite stories (one of those “I’m such a good husband” tales) so I decided to share it with our readers. …
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 6:58 p.m.
I nearly always observe God showing up on the margins of our lives as well. That makes me wonder if our spiritual centers just may not always be where we …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 7:11 p.m.
It’s not a simple thing to become an “emergency warming center” in the space of a month (more or less!).
Sat., Dec. 29, 2018
Good manners were important in my childhood home. Chew with your mouth closed. Say “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am.” Always say please and thank you, and never, ever interrupt.
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 8:17 p.m.
“One of the blunders religious people are particularly fond of making is the attempt to be more spiritual than God.” Wow, really? I think that Frederick Buechner was right when …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 1:09 p.m.
In 1981, Billy Graham warned evangelical Christians about a “wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right,” warning that the “hard right [had] no interest in religion except to …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 12:55 p.m.
The holidays have a way of being both joyous and wistful. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family. We usually celebrated it …
Sat., Nov. 24, 2018
I tend to grow more and more impatient with the superficial ways we toss the word “hospitality” into our conversations. It is a very ancient, honorable word. But we domesticate …
Sat., Nov. 17, 2018
I don’t have the post-election blues. It isn’t because all my candidates of choice won. Because they didn’t. And it’s not because the measures I voted for passed. Because not …
Sat., Nov. 10, 2018
The Bible relentlessly reminds us that, while mankind makes his choices, and wages his battles, and shouts his opinions, a sovereign God rules over it all. And incredibly, mysteriously, but …
Sat., Nov. 3, 2018
I’m often asked why I became a religion reporter.