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Religion Column

Religion Column
  • Learning the dance between faith and religion

    Faith and religion have been dancing for millenniums, quite often stepping on one another's toes until they bleed.

    May 5, 2012

  • Knowing Christ on a personal level

    At this writing, another Easter Sunday has come and gone. No doubt the account of Jesus' resurrection was re-told countless times last Sunday through the preached word, written about in columns like this, portrayed in plays re-enacting this great historical well-documented event, joyously sung about in churches around the globe and shared in innumerable spoken conversations.

    April 14, 2012

  • Scrubbing the boards and hull

    By Jim Atwell At a Quaker meeting on a recent Sunday, I'd settled into the silent worship, asking Christ's Holy Spirit, our guardian and guide, to take charge of my thoughts and prayers. After a while, two images began circling in my mind. Both were from my past.

    March 31, 2012

  • It's important to remember that there is good all around us

    We are in the middle of the Holy season of Lent, a time for a little honest self-examination to draw us closer in faith to God and service to others, especially those in need. Also, in the midst of large amounts of sobering media news, let's keep our inner balance and our sense of humor to remember there are good things around us.

    March 24, 2012

  • To forgive or not to forgive, that is the question

    An unforgiving spirit can have devastating personal effects. The lack of a forgiving heart is a disease of the soul, a cancer that spreads to every facet of one's being. It can bring loneliness, suicide, bitterness and anger. It manifests itself in alienation from friends, family, and ultimately God. It is a major destroyer of loving relationships, and is a key reason for despair in the world.

    March 17, 2012

  • Religion column: God created 'human beings' in his own image

    By The Rev. Craig Schwalenberg "So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God, he created them; male and female he created them." The Hebrew Scriptures, Genesis 1:27, New Living Translation

    March 3, 2012

  • Powerful preaching encourages life's journey of faith

    Religion column by the Rev. Jim Wheeler Sr. "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare." (2 Peter 3:9-10)

    February 25, 2012

  • Religion column: Respect 'the spirit that watches your back' and all will be well

    By Cheryl Petersen I am going to use Quentin and Doris (the names of my late parents) as pseudonames for two friends in the story you are about to read, because I don't want to be excommunicated from these friendships. My conversations with Quentin and Doris always touch on a poignant spiritual element worth repeating. Recently, Quentin told me a story that topped all the news media's headlines about the economy while teaching me another lesson: Tell others why we have hope but with respect.

    February 18, 2012

  • Religion Column: What has happened to civility back in public discourse?

    By The Fred Albrecht ... This is a major election year. The American people will elect a president, all members of the House of Representatives and one third of the Senate. Numerous other state and local positions will be up for election. That means we will be inundated with political advertising. When I think about the political advertising during the past few years, I wonder what has happened to civility in public discourse.

    February 11, 2012

  • Religion column: Creationists are the Charlie Sheens of Christianity

    The Rev. Thomas Pullyblank In chapter 19 of "The Literal Meaning of Genesis," St. Augustine offers an opinion on Christians who use Scripture to argue against scientific learning.

    February 4, 2012

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