Stories tagged: faith and values
Mon., Nov. 11, 2019
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, …
Mon., Nov. 4, 2019
Rather than encouraging laziness, each approaching Sabbath urged God’s people to work efficiently, knowing a day without work was coming.
Mon., Oct. 21, 2019
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 …
Mon., Oct. 14, 2019
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 …
Mon., Oct. 7, 2019
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 …
Mon., Sept. 30, 2019
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 …
Mon., Sept. 23, 2019
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.
Mon., Sept. 16, 2019
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.
Mon., Sept. 9, 2019
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
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 …
Mon., Aug. 12, 2019
Those of us white folks who think that we’re the “
Mon., Aug. 5, 2019
With only feeble and tardy restraint from our institutions, our desires and dreads are subtly stoked so as to compromise our judgment and prudence.
Mon., July 29, 2019
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 …
Mon., July 22, 2019
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 …
Mon., July 1, 2019
A 425-mile bike ride across Washington raised money for – and important perspectives on – refugee resettlement.
Mon., June 24, 2019
When identity politics drives us to exclude ourselves from others, we’ve missed Jesus’ whole point about loving our enemies.
Mon., June 17, 2019
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
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.
Mon., May 27, 2019
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 …
Sun., May 12, 2019
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.
Mon., April 29, 2019
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, …
Mon., April 22, 2019
Easter’s message can be one of restoration, reconciliation
Mon., April 15, 2019
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 …
Mon., April 8, 2019
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.
Mon., April 1, 2019
Know I’m not alone when I say that I worry for my children.
Mon., March 18, 2019
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.
Mon., March 4, 2019
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 …
Mon., Feb. 25, 2019
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 …
Mon., Feb. 11, 2019
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 …
Tue., Feb. 5, 2019
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. …