Holy Week

This week is, for Christians, the most important week of the year. We take the journey from Palm Sunday through Easter, with stops at the Last Supper and the Cross. Many schools give this week off as Spring Break, regardless of when it happens. This, of course, is a real problem for churches, since many…

Religion & Politics

It’s a funny thing – church people don’t like when pastors deal with political issues – how that is defined varies – yet they want to be sure that their political leaders are religious in some way. They think America was built as a Christian nation, even though we know that many of our founders…

Telling the Truth

Everyone is still abuzz about the Pew report – the church is dead!  God no longer matters!  The sky is falling! Here’s what I think – I think that for a very long time, people were doing a lot of lying about their faith. They didn’t feel comfortable saying they didn’t go to church, so…

Defining ourselves by who we love

We live in interesting and dangerous times – it’s almost like opposite days when my kids were young. Most of the people proclaiming their faith in God are focusing on hate and violence, while those outside of traditional religious communities are talking about love. This isn’t so strange, I guess, since we have seen this…

How do we define a Christian?

The Colorado Springs shooting raises, among many other things, a question about who we define as a Christian, or as a person of faith in general. For too long, Muslims have been stained by terroristic individuals and groups calling themselves “Islamic”, and the media has supported this. Last year I wrote a letter to the…

Hope For the Church

I was recently away for about 10 days, and attended 2 very different church services. The first was a Catholic Church in Las Vegas at the north end of the Strip. It was the only Church within walking distance, and even though I knew I would be barred from the communion table, I went to…

Politics & Religion

No, this isn’t a rant about religion and politics – sort of. I voted today – and it is nobody’s business who I voted for. In fact, a good friend asked if I would put a sign on my lawn for an election and I said I could not. I have too much respect for…

Guns & God

I know a lot of really fine people who own guns – some use them for target practice, others collect them, a few believe in the value of guns for self-defense. The Constitution protects the right of citizens – militias – to own and operate guns. I believe in the Constitution, and will always defend…

The Pope is Nice – what’s next?

First – I have been very critical of the Roman Catholic Church and its leadership for many years, and I will be the first to say that Pope Francis is the first pope that I have truly come to respect and admire. His message of love and inclusion is the same message that many followers…