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UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017

Faith and Values: Yes, it costs to check the baggage of guilt; it costs faith

You know, a lot of us live our entire lives this way, lugging around the heavy baggage of guilt, bitterness and worry. We end up weighed down, envying – or …


Faith and Values: Centrifugal pain in our spirits

In the mid-1950s, a particular carnival was a summer attraction in my hometown, Kellogg. Its most fascinating ride was The Round Up. Customers would climb onto a circular floor surrounded …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

Faith and values: Mercy and humility are the grease that keeps relationships working

You can learn a lot about relationships at an auto parts store.


Faith and Values: Jesus gives alternative inaugural address in Luke’s Gospel

It would have taken Jesus two tweets to share his address on social media. But he did better than that. He lived his address in a dangerous environment. His inaugural …


Faith and Values: Leave cynicism, complaining at the door to ‘leave no trace’ on your fellow humans

Thoughtful Christians set their minds on what is right, true, lovely and worthy of thanks to God. Grateful words flow from that mindset.


Faith and Values: Manger story brings about the power to heal

Paul Graves writes a Christmas letter to his grandchildren.


Faith and Values: Finding God’s grace in the busyness of the season

The lights and trees, the eggnog and shopping, they’re among the wonderfully wrapped boxes of Christmas, but not the real gift. How easy it is to get it all backward. …


Faith and Values: Gratitude and judgment in the shadows

Shadows get an undeservedly bad reputation in our culture. It’s like we see shadows only in “black or white,” or “dark or light” terms. Too bad, because we do most …


Faith and Values: Finding peace during difficult days a challenge for us all

Tired of it yet? The fighting. Blaming. Name-calling.


Faith and Values: Voting is a powerful privilege

Treat your voting at all levels as a privilege rather than a duty. It is too easy to get cynical about voting. Fight against that by knowing you live in …


Steve Massey: Respect must outweigh contentiousness

“I hate it when they shout over each other.” So she quickly tuned out last week, quitting her resolve to watch this fall’s presidential debates in their entirety.


Faith and Values: Telling ‘it’ like it is can come with a cost

Yet when we fabricate truth as we want it to be, we aren’t free at all.


God uses disappointments to make good

Life’s disappointments need not be useless to us. We can trust God will use them for his good purposes. Like a master craftsman, God is able to work with life’s …


Paul Graves: Rhetoric has meaning, and costs

Any political campaign, from national to local, is a great example of how words can be used so cheaply to communicate whatever fears, angers, or hopes the candidates use to …


Faith and Values: Peace, unity without God are futile

The answer to the day’s salient question – what’s wrong with this world? – is this: This world’s people are alienated from the God who created it. And any attempt …


Faith and Values: God’s love neutralizes perils of our ‘victimhood’

“Versus” is in our cultural DNA. I suspect that until “versus” and its abbreviated form “vs” dwindle in our thinking, speaking, and writing, our super-sized fears will not subside.


Faith and values: Forget ‘great’; let’s get back to ‘good’

There’s so much talk these days about making America great again. Recent headlines suggest we’d first better make America good again.


Faith and Values: Making threshold decisions every day

The Rev. Paul Graves writes to his three grandchildren encouraging their continued decision-making for the common good.


Exhibit uses art to ‘Bridge’ religious differences, commonalities

A traveling art exhibit that has been displayed in the oldest church in Paris, set up in the Westown Hub of Cario, and reached the United States on the University …


Faith and Values: The aftermath of gorilla’s death at Cincinnati Zoo teaches us about human nature

The death of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo taught us about human nature – and the lessons are far from flattering.


Faith and Values: ‘I Refuse to be Your Enemy’

We all – I mean all –get angry, fearful, and those emotions play havoc with our deeper nature. That part of us can be buried beneath the fear, anger, woundedness, …


Steve Massey: All Christians can do is vote

Would you willingly allow thieves into your home to rob you of what you treasure? Before you shrug off the rhetorical question, consider this: Many of us right now are …


Living in the deep waters helps us build faith and trust

Dear Katie, Claire and Andy, Your grampa’s column-writing has hit a little milestone of sorts, and I wanted to share it with you. This column begins my 21st year of …


Passover vacation niche grows to dozens of destinations

For many Jews, traveling to vacation hotspots during the eight-day Passover holiday has become a way of avoiding the hassle of heeding religious rules that require scrubbing a home clean …


What if the great outdoors isn’t the greatest? Religious leaders weigh in on ‘Nature is my church’ notion

“Nature is my church” is a common refrain in the Inland Northwest, but religious leaders say church isn’t about the building or place, it’s about the being with the people …


Faith and Values: To embrace our humanness is to begin resurrection

Traditional interpretations aside, I suggest their common human suffering and human hope bonded Jesus and the second thief in ways we may often just miss. Further, I suggest Jesus’ promise …


Faith and Values: Politics shouldn’t be distinct from Christian faith

It’s surprising, and disappointing to Pastor Steve Massey, that so many evangelical Christians and Christian pastors are endorsing Donald Trump, whose claims to be a Christian are contradicted daily by …


Truth takes a beating from certainty

The other day, I re-read the Declaration of Independence. Its most famous phrase, “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” jumped out at me. I suspect that King George didn’t …


Truth takes a beating from certainty

The other day, I re-read the Declaration of Independence. Its most famous phrase, “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” jumped out at me. I suspect that King George didn’t …


Faith and Values: Love toward God enables genuine love toward others

But it’s a terrible distortion of true love that many of us struggle to shed as we get older. Love, so often, is conditioned on what others do, or don’t …