Stories tagged: faith and values
Mon., March 30, 2020
Six degrees of separation is the popular idea that all people are six, or fewer, social connections from each other. The term was first used in 1929 – and popularized …
Mon., March 23, 2020
Recently I was faced with a big decision, one I agonized over. Should I stay in the Spokane area, or move on?
Mon., March 2, 2020
It’s more dangerous than obesity.
Mon., Feb. 24, 2020
Last Monday, I received an advocacy alert from a faith-based group. It was deeply concerned that the Trump administration is again willing to use “religious liberty” as a code term …
Mon., Feb. 17, 2020
Faith and Values: Politics and patriotism should not stand in the way of learning to love God’s children
Our love has become cheap and easy. We are seduced by a discourse of destruction and discontent. Love is not red, white and blue. We have forgotten, or never really …
Mon., Feb. 10, 2020
Instead of saying we “tolerate” other faith traditions, shouldn’t we be saying we “accept” them?
Mon., Feb. 3, 2020
Sorrow – over Kobe Bryant’s death. Fear – of a growing and global coronavirus outbreak.
Mon., Jan. 27, 2020
Art is intended to communicate value. Cultivate that value, and learn to find the artful in the ordinary, just as Norman Rockwell taught us.
Mon., Jan. 20, 2020
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.
Mon., Jan. 13, 2020
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
Mon., Jan. 6, 2020
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.
Mon., Dec. 30, 2019
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.
Mon., Dec. 23, 2019
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.
Mon., Dec. 16, 2019
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 …
Mon., Dec. 9, 2019
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 …
Mon., Nov. 25, 2019
Each day between now and including Thanksgiving Day, be very conscious of the little things for which you are thankful – in your home, at work, with friends, even with …
Mon., Nov. 18, 2019
If nothing else, Kanye West’s very public change can teach us about the radical transformational power of the atonement of Jesus Christ.
Sun., Nov. 17, 2019
An area of progressive values in a part of the state and country that is deeply red, Moscow is just about perfect for a lot of residents. But leaders of …
Mon., Nov. 11, 2019
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, …
Mon., Nov. 4, 2019
Rather than encouraging laziness, each approaching Sabbath urged God’s people to work efficiently, knowing a day without work was coming.
Mon., Oct. 21, 2019
The tendency for patients to become your friends makes hospice visits both easier and more difficult: easier in the sense of occupying space and engaging in meaningful conversation with people …
Mon., Oct. 14, 2019
When someone lands on the street we have a moral obligation to care for them in whatever way we can. Maybe for some of us that’s through prayer or volunteering …
Mon., Oct. 7, 2019
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 …
Mon., Sept. 30, 2019
Everywhere we look, from majestic mountains or sunsets to the tiniest stamen in a flower, we need to be increasingly aware of how our world is nourished by every living …
Mon., Sept. 23, 2019
Faith and Values: To aid the environment, Buddhism teaches us to see interdependence between nature and living
There are numerous meditation and mind-training practices we can do to support a healthy environment.
Mon., Sept. 16, 2019
Earlier this summer, a friend from high school pinged me on social media to say she’d be passing through Spokane and wanted to get together. Without hesitation, I said yes.
Mon., Sept. 9, 2019
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
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 …
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.