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Faith and Values: When love should be intolerant

Fear and anger, set on a perpetual spin cycle, doesn’t begin to approach the love Jesus showed us.

Faith and values: Only affirmation needed comes from God

There is not only a bandage for people pleasers, but a cure. It is to find our security and worth not in others, or even ourselves, but in Jesus Christ.

Faith and Values: Evaluate the stuff(ing) of your life

Now that Thanksgiving dinner is behind you, or maybe around you, please answer this question: Was your dressing cooked inside your turkey or in a separate dish? If it was …

Interfaith council invites all to ‘Meet the Neighbors’

Congregations open their doors to visitors to foster understanding and peace.

Faith and Values: Be an encourager and lift up others

We all know them. By them, I mean the friends and family members whose demeanor drags us down when we’re cheerful or pushes us even deeper into despair when we’re …

Faith and Values: Our masks create tunnel vision

Each of us wears a variety of masks, so we’re all susceptible to tunnel vision, a most un-Godly characteristic. Any kind of mask, literal or metaphorical, blocks our peripheral (sideline) …

Steve Massey: Safe society is one that embraces God

Faith and Values column: A return to God could be the best way to stem tide of mass shootings.

Paul Graves: Our egos can easily become logs of blindness

I didn’t really want to write this column. Most of it is uncomfortable to write – if not for me, then for whomever will disagree with me. It will look …

Faith and Values: Worry means you’re putting faith in the wrong things

Seasons change. So do people and politics.

Be certain to enjoy your every-day days

Dear Katie, Claire and Andy, A few months ago, I was visiting with a friend who mentioned he and his wife were going to Maui, Hawaii, this summer to celebrate …

Paul Graves: God’s ‘gotchas’ turn our tantrums into compassion

Some biblical stories are too serious to be taken literally. Jonah’s little prophetic episode is one of those stories. When we get so obsessed with whether the “big fish” was …

Faith and Values: Hope in God should frame our response to court’s marriage decision

Disgust. Anger. Despair. Two weeks later, I still see it on their faces, hear it in their voices.

Faith and Values: ‘Stand’ in space inclusive of others

Dear Katie, Claire and Andy, Thank you so much for the stimulating dinner conversation at your Hillsboro home earlier this week! As proud as your grandma and I have been …

Faith and Values: Man can’t improve on God’s design for humanity

“Jurassic World” and our world have far too much in common these days. As the film is released this weekend, millions of us will pay millions more to see man …

Faith and Values: Imperfection is OK, in golf and in living

This month, I began my 51st season playing golf. One eye-rolling golf-quirk for me is the verbal tendency of golf announcers to declare a shot as “perfect.” They use perfect …

Steve Massey: God is present in acts of compassion

Where is God in all of this? When an earthquake kills thousands in Nepal; when Christians are martyred in Syria; when a brave public servant is gunned down in Coeur …

The more open we become, the closer to Christ we get

Some people are open. Others are closed. Which are you?

God lives outside obvious circles

For some time, I’ve participated in a Benedictine spirituality group in Coeur d’Alene. Almost a year ago, I mentioned to the group a book project I was contemplating, based on …

Steve Massey: Politicized Christianity looks little like Jesus’ example

There’s a wrong way to be right. Few people show this more clearly, or frequently, than Idaho’s far right, what with its insistence on legislating morality, a la yesteryear’s Moral …

Faith and Values: Spiritual maturity requires critical thinking

A few weeks ago, this paper’s Sunday comics section included an insightful “Luann.” In five panels, she “grows up” from preschool to college. In between are grade school, junior high …

Active faith has power to inform

For the past several months I’ve been rediscovering treasured possessions, precious things I had squirreled away and forgotten. It’s the kind of thing that happens to most of us when …

Faith and Values: God’s love is experienced through interactions with others

Editor’s note: This is one of Graves’ occasional letters to his grandchildren.

Steve Massey: If we’re asking ‘Are we there yet?’ we’re missing Christmas message

‘Are we there yet?” Kids have been asking that question since the birth of wheeled vehicles: “Are we there yet?”

Why do Jesus-followers want to discriminate?

For some time, I’ve watched the political skirmishes that pit religious people and/or organizations against cities, counties, states or our country. It’s past time that I publicly ask my question: …

Steve Massey: Desires, self-control at war in everyone

They tend to go together. Not like friends, really. More like sparring partners.

Basic message can get lost in glitz

It seems in recent months I’ve heard the words “relevant” and “relevance” in a variety of settings. It’s been years since these words were used to describe the ways of …

Remembering God’s grace helps us reflect his true nature

What is God like? Is God mostly condemning, judgmental and stand-offish?

At our best as humans, we know how to blush

“Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.” Mark Twain said that in his “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar” many years ago. I wonder if he ever read the …

Steve Massey: Why pastors shouldn’t preach politics

Should pastors preach politics? A report circulating among evangelical Christian pastors this month says the answer is yes, laments that most pastors do not, and insists they are cowards for …

See the genius of God’s commandment to rest

Occasionally, writing this column takes some very unexpected twists and turns. My original thought for today was to begin with last weekend’s inductees into the NFL Hall of Fame. A …