Stories tagged: faith and values
Mon., Feb. 11, 2019
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
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
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
“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
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
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.
Sat., Oct. 27, 2018
Self-examination requires we look deep and wide for our “better angels.” Resolve requires we listen courageously to those better angels.
Sat., Sept. 29, 2018
Earlier this month I spoke on a panel addressing racism and prejudices in our community. I had prepared a short talk on how I went from a child who didn’t …
Sat., Sept. 22, 2018
We don’t always know why another person is silent. Even when we do, our own silence is often the best gift we can offer another person.
Sun., Sept. 16, 2018
There are some things better left unsaid in marriage, or at least said differently than those first words out of our mouths. If you don’t believe me, search, ‘things never …
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018
Do you need new rules of engagement?
Sat., Sept. 1, 2018
I’m many things, but patient isn’t one of them.
Sat., Aug. 18, 2018
Four times a month, community columnists weigh in on matters of faith and values. The Faith and Values column appears Saturday and features retired Methodist minister Paul Graves, of Sandpoint; …
Sat., Aug. 4, 2018
E-mails have started to trickle back into my inbox from students and colleagues, signaling the end of summer and the beginning of another semester at Gonzaga University. In just a …
Sat., July 28, 2018
I’m sick and fatigued nearly to the point of despair – only nearly! – by the divides we must navigate over matters political and religious, especially when they combine into …
Sun., July 15, 2018
I sat down with an elder recently, a wise man who has seen a lot of life and who has learned deeply from his experience. The man was one of …
Sat., July 7, 2018
They are poor, repressed and increasingly the target of political and social antagonism. Yet Christians there remain hopeful, kind and joyful. Barely a hint of pessimism, anger or self-pity soils …
Sun., July 1, 2018
Lately, I’ve found myself becoming protective of the people and culture I’ve left behind.
Sat., June 23, 2018
For many people, June is Graduation Month. Our spiritual journeys can reflect a similar range of possibilities.
Sun., June 17, 2018
Vulgarity is no substitute for wit. The Dowager Countess on “Downton Abbey” had it right.
UPDATED: Sat., May 26, 2018
Are you ever puzzled? I find myself puzzled most every day. It’s usually because I don’t seem to find the right truth-piece(s) to fit into the larger Truth Puzzle I …
Sun., May 13, 2018
Lately it seems examples of courage are swirling all around us. Tarana Burke, who spoke not so long ago at Gonzaga, has become a celebrated activist for starting the “Me …
Sun., April 29, 2018
Lately it seems examples of courage are swirling all around us.
UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018
There is no shortage of in memoria for the passing of the physicist Stephen Hawking, who died March 14 in his home in Cambridge, England, at age 76.