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Many things remind us to pray

Many things remind us to pray

The Angelus tolls in the crisp air, and I am reminded of the gift of God bestowed to the Virgin Mary. As the bell continues its patterned ring, I speak my prayers and offer my heart to the Lord. May this pause offer an opportunity to be mindful of Christ in my life, and to keep him present t…

October 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Why we need politicians in the U.S.

Why we need politicians in the U.S.

In this political season, I find it interesting how many candidates advertise that they are not politicians, or that they won’t do politics. What do they mean? That’s why we’re electing them!

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Turn to God to find a path away from suicide

Turn to God to find a path away from suicide

A father once told his child, “We come into this world naked, wet and hungry. Then life gets hard.”

October 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Atheists and Christians – look for the best, not the worst

Atheists and Christians – look for the best, not the worst

I was looking at my bookshelf the other day, and realized that I probably have more books by atheist authors than by Christians. It’s probably because I was a literature major in college, and I have a deep interest in science fiction.

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Reaction against Hindu castes spawned Jainism

Reaction against Hindu castes spawned Jainism

Jainism is an offshoot of Hinduism that came about in the sixth century B.C. as a reaction to the Hindu caste system.

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Understanding significance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Understanding significance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Beginning this Wednesday evening and continuing through the next two days, Jews the world over will commemorate and celebrate the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah, and 10 days later, Yom Kippur.

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Let us extend the same grace to others that God gives to us

Let us extend the same grace to others that God gives to us

As a retired pastor, I was deeply disappointed recently when I saw a letter to the editor titled “Bigotry and discrimination are necessary and good.” I was even more disappointed when the writer concluded his letter by saying “Thank you, God” for what he assumed was God’s approval of his ideas.

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Christian labeling doesn't promote unity among believers

Christian labeling doesn't promote unity among believers

Winston Churchill has been credited with saying that the greatest obstacle between English people and Americans was the lack of a common language. The one thing that separates Christian denominations from one another is the lack of a common faith. We allow dogmatism to become a fence around …

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Love is more than a romantic song

Love is more than a romantic song

Don’t think I’m a weirdo (or do, I don’t very much mind,) but my favorite music at the moment is Congolese rumba.

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God is a lot bigger than most of us believe

God is a lot bigger than most of us believe

In 1939, I had hair long enough and thick enough that you could grab a handful and hang on.

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Don't be discouraged by distracted prayer life

Don't be discouraged by distracted prayer life

St. Bernard of Clairvaux was traveling with a poor, uneducated farmer, who boasted, “I’m never distracted when I pray.”

August 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
When faced with temptation, as Jesus was, what will we do?

When faced with temptation, as Jesus was, what will we do?

I recently stood on a mountain peak in the Alps, an area referred to as Obersalzberg. Stretching out before me, in the valley below, was the historic city of Salzburg. Nearby, nestled in another valley, lay Berchtesgaden and Konigsee. I stood over a small square stone. One side marked the bo…

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You only live once, so live like it

Having two teenagers has extended my vocabulary beyond my boring, adult base of known words.

July 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Nondiscrimination debate shifts morality bar from where it was

Nondiscrimination debate shifts morality bar from where it was

The intentions and desires of many who support the nondiscrimination ordinance in Billings may be about fairness, inclusiveness, love, acceptance and community. However, the substantial result of the NDO will be to advance the new morality a little further and force the old morality to retre…

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Psychology of sin invovles 2 kinds of fear

Psychology of sin invovles 2 kinds of fear

Mass shootings. Suicide bombings. These are not natural tragedies. These are atrocities. But why?

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God will lead the way -- even for those who refuse

God will lead the way -- even for those who refuse

How many of you know that God has a way of getting what he wants? Just because you tell God “no” doesn’t mean that you are going to get your way. The question is this: What has the Lord asked you to do that you have refused?

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In the past, religion & politics mixed together

In the past, religion & politics mixed together

It was on a Fourth of July that I arrived in America. I did not understand why all the shops were closed. When I inquired, I was told that everyone was out having picnics or barbecues and setting off fireworks.

June 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
When we say "under God," what do we mean?

When we say "under God," what do we mean?

I’m old enough to remember the Pledge of Allegiance before the words “under God” were added. It was 60 years ago this month — on June 14, 1954 (Flag Day).

June 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Camp inspires generations of kids

Camp inspires generations of kids

Why is it so difficult to rouse children from their beds during the year for school, yet they spring out of bed and dash outside quicker than you can say “Jack Sprat” during the summer months?

June 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Recognizing and appreciating God's gifts

Recognizing and appreciating God's gifts

We are fortunate to live here in the Northern Rockies. We cannot adequately describe the freshness and beauty of the country. It is easy to breathe in the morning air and gaze at the shimmering mountains, the rolling plains or the pine-dotted breaks and give thanks to God for creating all of…

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