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Remember souls and saints after putting Halloween costumes away
This week, many denominations celebrate two festivals; all Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls Day (Nov. 2). These days were preceded by a vigil beginning in 1895, and were first reported in North America in 1911 in a Canadian Newspaper.
Overcome everyday fears by putting your trust in God
The Bible says in Proverbs 29:25, "The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be secure." Today people are afraid of so many things. As wars are being fought all over the world, it is only natural people should live in such fear. Fear of losing jobs, fear of getting sick, fear of running out of money, fear of what others think of them, fear of not fitting in, fear of terrorists attacks, fear of getting old: all these have contributed to a society where fear overwhelms so many.
Studying the Bible can be transformative
In Romans, Paul urges, "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). What keeps us from being transformed in our Bible study? This transformation requires more than intellectual ascent. In my experience there are two keys that foster real transformation in Christ. Without these keys, study can lead to confusion and discouragement. But as Paul also says, "Don't lose heart" (2 Corinthians 4:1, Ephesians 3:13).
God shows compassion through volunteers
We have divergent views, but we must come back together to heal
We are passing through a very difficult time in our history, as a nation and as a community within that nation. Pent up frustration, fear and anger are overwhelming civility in public discourse.
Ten years later, where is the trust in God?
With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 upon us, I'm drawn to words of the Bible in Micah 4:5NIV, "All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we'll walk in the name of the lord our God forever and ever."
Work is an important part of our spiritual life, but so is rest
My brothers and I knew that picnics, swimming parties and ballgames were supposed to be the order of the day for Labor Day. But our father had decidedly different opinions. It was true that he didn't have to don his suit and drive to work that first Monday in September. But Labor Day still meant laboring. One year we painted the barn. Other times it was mending the fence, sealing the driveway, building a tree house in the backyard. Dad wasn't going to pass up the opportunities presented by three strong boys, a bright summer day and a big sale at the hardware store.
There's a reason for separating church and state
Government is a God-ordained institution created to give order and stability.
Unlearning the 'us' and 'them' tendency
Human beings seem predisposed to see differences, to divide the world into good vs. bad, safe vs. dangerous, self vs. other.
United Methodist Church needs to be inclusive From gluten-free Communion to same-sex marriage
I come from a very "sacramental theology." That is simply a fancy way of saying that I experience God in a profound way in the sharing of the bread and cup in Holy Communion and in the waters of Baptism as we welcome a new member into the family of Christ.
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