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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

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

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.

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

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

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…

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.

August 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

August 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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…

August 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
You only live once, so live like it

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…

July 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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