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Faith & Values

What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

When I married my wife, we repeated the customary wedding vows promising to cherish one another “in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth.”

January 24, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
Sometimes prejudice is a subtle part of who we are

Sometimes prejudice is a subtle part of who we are

OK. I admit it. I’m prejudiced.

January 17, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
Freedom only half the equation on journey of life

Freedom only half the equation on journey of life

The Lord gave us free will, but everyone else has free will, too. The trick is to know how to get along and how to combine our freedoms to become something more together than we can be alone.

January 10, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
The infinite monkey theorem and our existence here on Earth

The infinite monkey theorem and our existence here on Earth

The debate will no doubt go on forever regarding our presence here on earth. Are we here beginning with an accident that began with a one-celled organism, followed by a few billion years of evolution? Or are we here the result of a Creator with a plan? Applying mathematics to the debate is o…

January 03, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
Look to the one responsible for all your days

Look to the one responsible for all your days

A subscriber wrote a newspaper editor, “Your newspaper is not as good as it used to be.”

December 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Christmas tradition evolves through the ages

Christmas tradition evolves through the ages

The year of the birth of Jesus is usually given as 6 B.C. This is because in St. Matthew’s Gospel we are given to understand that he was born while Herod the Great was still alive and we know that Herod died in 4 B.C.

December 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Buddy's Christmas gift

Buddy's Christmas gift

Buddy came into our lives five years ago, a sick and skinny rescue dog picked up off the streets of Fort Worth.

December 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
When thoughts of faith get in the way

When thoughts of faith get in the way

My simple Montana mind has little room for mysticism and things of that sort. And for poets, I rank R.W. Service higher than Emily Dickinson, but St. John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz), a mystic and a poet, sits fidgeting there in a dark corner and refuses to go away.

December 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
This Christmas, seek to give generously to those who need it most

This Christmas, seek to give generously to those who need it most

Advent begins on Sunday. It’s a four-week period when many Christians prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ: looking backward to the birth of the Savior and rejoicing; looking forward to the coming of Christ at the end of time and getting ready.

November 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Let's treat God's creation with the care it deserves

Let's treat God's creation with the care it deserves

I recently heard a sermon by the Rev. Ken Crouch of Billings that began with a description of the “Big Bang,” which created not only our Earth, but our solar system with its planets and moons.

November 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Doing what you wouldn't do just for yourself

Doing what you wouldn't do just for yourself

Left to myself, I will sit around and vegetate. I know that other people don’t do this, but I do. When I look across the room at my dog who follows me from room to room and is happy to be wherever I am, I know that he needs to walk. So, I get up, put on my shoes, find his leash and off we go…

November 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Defending God’s faith in today’s world

Defending God’s faith in today’s world

I have been and always will be a Dallas Cowboys fan. There, I said it. Perhaps in January 2015 I can hold my chin up with a little pride in my Cowboys.

November 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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!

October 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

October 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

September 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

September 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

September 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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 …

September 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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