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…

Spiritual But Not Religious For a Day

I hate missing worship, and I have only done so about 8 times over the last 40 years. When we brought our daughter to college two weeks ago, we had planned to worship in this very interesting UCC church in South Miami Beach. We had attended there when we picked her up last May because…

What Does it Mean to Be Spiritual But Not Religious?

I’m kind of sick of this phrase – it has become, for me, a catch all for those who have a beef with organized religion. I get why – they see some folks in churches behaving the opposite of the way they should. They watch the media exploit us all by focusing on the lunatic…

A Life with Purpose

This is Alois Lang – he created the beautiful carving that has been on the altar of Calvary for over 100 years. He appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1932 – this is how well he was known around the world. He was tireless in his work, creating beautiful art for church buildings…

General Synod

The General Synod of the UCC just concluded it’s every 2 year meeting, and a lot of important business took place. One of the issues that is of concern, however, is the question about Israel and the Palestinians. The media is in a frenzy, saying that the UCC has joined the BDS movement (an anti-Israel…