Faith & Values
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.
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 …
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.
In 1939, I had hair long enough and thick enough that you could grab a handful and hang on.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux was traveling with a poor, uneducated farmer, who boasted, “I’m never distracted when I pray.”
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…
Having two teenagers has extended my vocabulary beyond my boring, adult base of known words.
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…
Mass shootings. Suicide bombings. These are not natural tragedies. These are atrocities. But why?
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?
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.
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).
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?
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…
On Easter Sunday this year, two names were added to the Catholic list of canonized saints, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Two men who had held the position of Pope, Benedict XVI and Francis, performed the ritual of canonization.
At Easter this year, my son asked me “Why do we say Christ is Risen, instead of “Christ has Risen?
I have lately attended my first two 100th birthday parties. I am looking for clues on how they did it. Luck and health are essential parts of it, but there is more.
Born a Jew, Billy Crystal may not have the best insights into the Christian faith; then again, he may have it pretty well worked out.
We pursue our educations, work at our careers, raise our families, worry about retirement and prepare for the inevitable: death and taxes.
This article was inspired by my own reflection on how often I see challenges in the workforce in dealing with others.