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Paul Graves: Keep patriotic, religious fevers in perspective

Red-white-and-blue isn’t black-or-white. (The connecting words “and” and “or” should be a linguistic clue, but we usually skip right over them.) This is THE weekend of fever-pitch patriotism for our …


Through transitions, stay focused on calling to be Christian

June, more than any other month, is a season of transitions. Perhaps, like me, you’ve already been blessed this month to see singles turn into married couples, high schoolers into …


Paul Graves: How you see is what you get

Dear Andy, Katie and Claire, I mixed your names in the salutation on purpose. I wanted to see you three in a little different way (not always in age order), …


Faith and Values: There’s not enough room here to list the pressures on our planet

I’m about two-thirds of the way through Alan Weisman’s new book, “Countdown.” His last foray, “The World Without Us,” perused the notion of humanity’s sudden disappearance from the planet and …


Steve Massey: Careful speech is measure of mature Christians

It’s been two months since I climbed the cold, narrow stone steps of Ireland’s Blarney Castle. And the jury still is out on the veracity of Blarney’s legend, which promises …


Hope’s road signs embolden us along our human journey

Today is the second Saturday of the month. As it happens, I’ve been convener of a Dementia Support Group in Sandpoint since September. So today is the day when adult …


Heaven has no place on Earth

I have a couple of anecdotes for your perusal, which may or may not appear related, but first, a correction from my last column. I misattributed the quote, “When I …


Faith and Values: Easter weekend a reminder of the importance of hope

Hope is powerful. Hope’s presence gives perspective and purpose for life. Hope’s absence guarantees confusion, pessimism, even despair.


Focus atonement on God’s love, not judgment

For those of you who are “into Lent” as the run-up to Easter, I invite you to think with me about one of the primary Lenten doctrines, atonement. You might …


Donald Clegg: Join me for some philosophical game playing

Did I mention that I’m publishing two books this week? No? Well then, you better check in toward the end, as I probably shouldn’t use the whole column for shameless …


Faith + Values: Christianity is not about wins and losses, but spirit

For those of us who try to be followers of Jesus to some degree, let’s begin today with some words he addressed to his favorite foils, the “scribes and Pharisees.” …


Former pastor finds new calling in disaster relief

When the Rev. Mike Bullard retired in 2009 after 16 years as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Coeur d’Alene, he didn’t retire from serving people in need. Soon after …


Paul Graves: What is your picture of God?

How old were you when you found out Santa Claus isn’t real? How old were you when you discovered that God isn’t Santa Claus? Oops! Did that question surprise you? …


Steve Massey: Called to a different kind of exercise

Would you accept someone else setting a New Year’s resolution for you? Most of us would not. We rightly prefer to set our own goals for physical, relational and financial …


Donald Clegg: Acknowledging reality of death part of life

Happy New Year. This year gets 12 months to show her stuff, and then, forever gone. Question: Are you ready? I regard both religion and science as subsets of philosophy. …


Post-Thanksgiving ritual filled with spiritual meaning

As I’m writing this, T-Day is two days past, but still feels like an appropriate topic. I’m engaging in one of my favorite post-Thanksgiving rituals: making stock from the turkey …


Faith and Values: Acknowledge God’s hand in your Thanksgiving

‘What do you say?” The restless youngster stopped briefly, glanced at the clerk, then at the piece of candy, and shyly recited a phrase scripted by his questioning mother, and …


Donald Clegg: Belief, religion can hinder search for answers

I just finished reading, for the fourth time, James P. Carse’s book, “The Religious Case Against Belief.” I’ve intended to give it a column-length review for some time now. Carse’s …


Faith and Values: Give God space, kids: Always keep maturing

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


Faith and Values: Convoy of Hope aims for ‘poverty-free day’ in CdA next summer

Is hope tangible? I’m encouraged that area churches now are planning to make it so, as preparations get underway for a Convoy of Hope outreach to needy families in Kootenai …


Faith and Values: Belief systems and reality

I’ve been pondering the nature of various types of belief systems and their relations to knowledge and ignorance, i.e., valid vs. invalid belief. Put another way, their congruence with reality. …


Faith and values: God gives grace, even when rejected

One of the religious clichés I’ve heard in recent years is that “grace is free, but it isn’t cheap.” That cliché should join arms with the variations of a patriotic …


Steve Massey: Faith should influence public, private lives

When faith fails to inform our public life, is it really true faith? I’m asking in the context of a political season in which candidates often are asked about their …


To see what is sacred, look around you

Recently, I drove across central Washington on my way to Seattle. For over two hours, I listened to marvelous music by George Gershwin. I was struck by the wildly diverse …


GU’s new direction

With Michelle Wheatley’s promotion to director of University Ministry at Gonzaga University comes another first for GU. Wheatley is the first laywoman to lead the program. Her promotion comes four …


Steve Massey: Runaway entitlements offer opportunity to reflect

Is it always wrong to steal? That’s not a rhetorical question anymore, not these days, as evidenced most recently by the so-called Affordable Care Act.


Live in the day the Lord has made; it is a gift

Do you struggle to live in the moment? Me, too.


‘We’ are more than our selves

Now, on to the Self, Part 3. If you’ve haven’t been following, for the last couple of columns I’ve been using Walker Percy’s 1983 book “Lost in the Cosmos” as …


Innate goodness of human beings a challenge to see

Have you ever considered what “seeing with God’s eyes” might be like as you look at the world, or maybe another person? When I’ve used that imagery before, it is …


The earthly good aspect of salvation overlooked

When I began full-time ministry 45 years ago, one preacher-centered cliché I heard on occasion was that preachers were “so heavenly minded that they were no earthly good.” I believed …