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Faith and Values: Don’t just cope with disillusionment, learn from it

I have dreams for our community to become stronger, to move forward. To do that we need to push through the smog — the discouragement — and find the other, …


Faith and Values: A mind at rest is a mind surrendered to God

Rather than encouraging laziness, each approaching Sabbath urged God’s people to work efficiently, knowing a day without work was coming.


Faith and Values: Hospice volunteering leads to a series of discoveries, recoveries

The tendency for patients to become your friends makes hospice visits both easier and more difficult: easier in the sense of occupying space and engaging in meaningful conversation with people …


Faith and Values: ‘Running the homeless out of the city is running Jesus out of the city’

When someone lands on the street we have a moral obligation to care for them in whatever way we can. Maybe for some of us that’s through prayer or volunteering …


Faith and Values: Through God’s forgiveness, we have peace with him

To believe in the love of God is not to believe he dismisses offenses or does not care about them. No, it is to cling confidently by faith to the …


Faith and Values: Be an aware, active advocate of creation

Everywhere we look, from majestic mountains or sunsets to the tiniest stamen in a flower, we need to be increasingly aware of how our world is nourished by every living …


Faith and Values: To aid the environment, Buddhism teaches us to see interdependence between nature and living

There are numerous meditation and mind-training practices we can do to support a healthy environment.


Faith and Values: The key to restoration is embracing, not forgetting, the past

Earlier this summer, a friend from high school pinged me on social media to say she’d be passing through Spokane and wanted to get together. Without hesitation, I said yes.


Faith and Values: God uses those who abandon their faith to purify his church

People who “fall away” from their faith with finality simply demonstrate that they never had faith in the first place – just the appearance of it.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019

Faith and Values: Jesus didn’t play zero-sum games

Our religious doctrines are pockmarked with winner/loser theologies – zero-sum games on steroids. Yet along comes Jesus and effectively says, “God won’t play your zero-sum game of scarcity. Neither will …


Faith and Values: Disproportionate maternal mortality rates point to systemic social issues

Those of us white folks who think that we’re the “


Faith and Values: Lacking universal moral guides, we find ourselves in the Age of Deceit

With only feeble and tardy restraint from our institutions, our desires and dreads are subtly stoked so as to compromise our judgment and prudence.


Faith and Values: Political signs say who we vote for, not who we are

People I don’t agree with have good qualities, and it’s up to me to find out what they are. It’s not fair to judge or label them based on signs …


Faith and Values: Listening is a healing art

God listens to the languages of our hearts – however healthy or unhealthy they may be –and then loves us, so we can use that same listening art to offer …


Faith and Values: Bike ride for refugees inspires commitment

A 425-mile bike ride across Washington raised money for – and important perspectives on – refugee resettlement.


Faith and Values: For deeper spiritual maturity, find a common identity

When identity politics drives us to exclude ourselves from others, we’ve missed Jesus’ whole point about loving our enemies.


Meme about Muslims leads to important dialogue

A Facebook meme I received about the growing population of Muslims in the U.S. reinforces a valuable lesson about the importance of engaging with each other.


UPDATED: Sun., June 2, 2019

Faith and Values: Are you an atheist? If so, what kind?

Who qualifies as an atheist depends on how the term is defined. In the old days, failure to believe in particular gods could peg you as an atheist.


Faith and Values: For my grandchildren, a vaccine against “worthlessness”

So much of Christian theology and the rituals resulting over the centuries from that theology have focused on people basically being “worthless,” in ultimate need of salvation. Well, as I …


Faith and Values: Finding peace this Mother’s Day despite the differences

My mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day are only about a week apart. I used to love the challenge of finding creative ways to celebrate both events.


Faith and Values: The Demands of a Post-Truth Era

When I was 7 years old, I got caught and punished for lying about completing homework. I don’t remember what the homework was; I don’t remember what the punishment was, …


Faith and Values: Easter’s crossed-up message

Easter’s message can be one of restoration, reconciliation


Faith and Values: There’s room for everyone in religion

Every once in awhile I’m asked by a church to fill the pulpit. This month Origin Church, which is gifting its property to SpokaneFāVS, asked me to preach about religious …


Faith and Values: Smudges, sneers and small gods

Traditionalist Methodist views about LGBTQ continue a painful division in the church, as well as personal disappointment and anger. However, gods can be small on both sides.


Faith and Values: spiritually protecting your home, families

Know I’m not alone when I say that I worry for my children.


Faith and Values: When we focus on what we don’t have, we lose appreciation for what we do

I reached my goals, but somewhere along the way I became discontented with what I had achieved. Now I wanted more. I want more money, more house, more property.


Faith and Values: Hope, curiosity and solidarity will cause all to thrive

We will thrive. We will surround each other with hope, curiosity and solidarity that causes all to thrive. With hope, we build a better community. In this future, people of …


Faith and Values: When good isn’t good enough

As we were receiving the offering at worship, a man’s daughter asked if he had any cash. He only had a $20 bill, so he put it in the offering …


Faith and Values: Can you imagine such a thing?

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 …


Faith and Values – Pulling equal weight: These numbers don’t lie

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. …