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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 …


Tragedy highlights the issues of spiritual schizophrenia

It delighted me to hear our president and law enforcement leaders encourage prayer in the face of terrorism and disasters like those in Boston and Texas this spring. Citizens nationwide …


Life in the moment takes care of itself

I’m writing my column a week late. And I quite unapologetically offer no apology for doing so. I had the flu and was too busy projectile-vomiting to worry about much …


Faith and Values: Freshness, vivacity of spring should characterize Christians

Have you noticed how spring’s arrival affects people? Sunshine so often provokes a tangible optimism, enlivening our demeanor, even brightening our countenance.


My gospel, according to Paul, or, a come-to-Jesus moment

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve just become someone else? And that, in this new reality, you have an entirely different worldview? What would it be like to …


Steve Massey: We best reflect God when we offer love

When are we most like God? Is it when we judge? After all, God certainly judges and will judge all of us one day with finality.


‘Free to Be’ path isn’t right road

I still remember the tune and the first few words. “And you and me are free to be you and me.”


Faith and Values: Resolve to check out this philosophical test

So how are your resolutions working out? A new year and we’re all supposed to have checked our flaws, excesses, blah, blah, blah, and resolved to become newer, better, happier …


Beliefs best explored with a healthy respect

What would you do if you came upon a hummingbird with its beak stuck in the thin wooden veneer of a door? That was exactly the dilemma faced by Philip …


Resolve to be better at lifting those around you

The notecards started showing up on my desk about a year ago. On each simple card was written a thoughtful, timely and sincere note of encouragement. Each note buoyed my …


Faith and Values: Christmas that’s ends-based far more satisfying

So I’ve been mulling over whether to even address a certain holiday, only a few days away, that I think most folks are looking forward to. Why, it’s Godless Capitalism …


The son of God was a contrarian from birth

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last in a yearlong series of letters Paul Graves has written to his grandchildren. They are based on the Peace Prayer attributed to St. Francis …


TV star’s struggle is a lesson for all

From an unlikely place comes a lesson in Christianity, conscience and compromise. Angus T. Jones, 19, the young star of the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” has stirred …


Letting go can serve as reminder of being forgiven

Editor’s note: This is the 10th in a 12-part series of letters Paul Graves is writing to his grandchildren in 2012. They are based on the Peace Prayer attributed to …


Steve Massey: Free birth control encourages irresponsibility

Would you be in favor of giving away your cash if it helped lower the number of thefts in your community? Most of us would answer no.


Faith and Values: Some provocative thoughts – to distract from the election

I don’t know about you, but I’m totally done with this election. By way of relief, I’d like to just put out a few random humanist-oriented thoughts from a file …


Giving of yourself can help you lose your ‘self’

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 12-part series of letters Paul Graves is writing to his grandchildren in 2012. They are based on the Peace Prayer attributed to …


We all have room to become better followers

Now that both Democratic and Republican presidential conventions are behind us, a little self-reflection is in order. Both candidates made a case for how they’ll deliver what we all seem …


Define wealth: earth’s bounty or Gucci?

A book, a newspaper article and my garden gave me the idea for this column; what I have in mind is a series of observations, based upon life as I …


Reveal God with comfort, understanding

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 12-part series of letters Paul Graves is writing to his grandchildren in 2012. They are based on the Peace Prayer attributed to …


Counter sadness with joy

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of letters Paul Graves is writing to his grandchildren about St. Francis’ Prayer of Peace. Dear Katie, Claire and Andy,


Recent grads remind us to be grateful, industrious, selfless

If you feel like the future is bleak, I’ve got a suggestion for you. Go to a graduation ceremony.


On GGG&A, we all need to take the high ground

I don’t know much, certainly not the mind of the God whose very existence I doubt, never mind figuring out how he picks sides. So, when the whole GGG&A deal …


Rituals reminders of God’s hope for us

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of letters Paul Graves is writing to his grandchildren about St. Francis’ Prayer of Peace.


Gay marriage offers a moral litmus test

That loud crash you heard Wednesday was the sound of President Barack Obama’s gay-marriage stance colliding with the will of the people, his Christian faith and common sense. Obama has …


Donald Clegg: Loss stirs memories of beloved pets

I’ve got dogs, cats and a possum in mind: Pete, George, Minou and now Ellie. The possum was nameless, as were the other small critters that my brother and I …


Steve Massey: Look for God’s purpose when you don’t get your way

I don’t always do well with unwanted surprises. This became clear recently as I stared incredulously into the face of an airline gate agent who had just declared: “I’m sorry. …


Weather, three-pointers, Tributes: It’s all about the money

I’ve got this, that, and the other on my mind. None are worth a full column, but all have been begging for a mention, so here we go. Expect no …


Bridge of trust can help heal discord

Dear Katie, Claire and Andy, As we continue on this long journey into St. Francis’ Prayer of Peace, I invite you on a little detour. There is another version of …