Faith & Values
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.”
OK. I admit it. I’m prejudiced.
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.
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…
A subscriber wrote a newspaper editor, “Your newspaper is not as good as it used to be.”
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.
Buddy came into our lives five years ago, a sick and skinny rescue dog picked up off the streets of Fort Worth.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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!
A father once told his child, “We come into this world naked, wet and hungry. Then life gets hard.”
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.
Jainism is an offshoot of Hinduism that came about in the sixth century B.C. as a reaction to the Hindu caste system.
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.
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 …
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