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How's my hair looking? | Worship

During worship a few Sundays ago I ducked out and really gave myself the “bed head” look; then came back. Immediately, I got all kinds of comments, especially snickers and those “helpful” …

Muslims love and honor Jesus | Worship

Did you hear Bethlehem has called off Christmas this year? Jesus was born in, and lived in, the region of Palestine. Based on current events, this may be the most notable Worship column I’ve …

Hello friends! More than 10 million Baha’is live in more than 10,000 communities that are each large enough to elect nine adult members to handle all of each communities’ administrative affairs. …

The origins of 'Merry Christmas' | Worship

Hello all, and a happy December to each of you. I am a lover of all things December. I especially love the seasonal salutation and farewell I share with all I encounter, “Merry Christmas!” Join …

The Christian life is not meant to be lived alone | Worship

Christianity Today published an article on what Christians believe. The article was based on a survey, conducted by LifeWay research through Ligonier Ministries, where they interviewed 3,000 …

Rediscover the gift of prayer | Worship

I am praying more lately. Of course, as a Christian and a pastor I have believed in the necessity of prayer for decades. But it is all too easy not to pray. The to-do list shouts at us. The …

The roots of Christian Nationalism run deep | Worship

In February 2023, the Brookings Institute and the Public Religion Research Institute conducted a survey. They asked the question, “Do you agree or disagree that God intended America to be a new …

Remember loved ones on All Saint's Sunday | Worship

I recently took a small vacation in Northern Canada. The average temperature was 39 degrees and my spouse and I camped and enjoyed watching the stars at night and hearing the whistle calls of the …

Living on the edge: Where do we find the sacred? | Worship

Living at the edge of our life makes our humanity somewhat reckless and undiscriminating in our relationship to our existence. However, being open to the invisible and visible worlds makes us …

When experiencing difficult times, rely on Jesus | Worship

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we get to hear from the leaders of our church over two separate weekends during the year – the first weekends of April and October. It is a …

Faith: Is it the chicken or the egg? | Worship

Oof. I may have bitten off more than I can chew this time. How do I cover everything that needs to be said about faith in about 500 words … oops, now only 468 words? Faith, in its various forms, …

The beauty of transformation | Worship

What is your favorite time of the year? Mine is autumn. I know, the Northeast dances with brilliant color, the Southeast's humidity becomes bearable, the Midwest's harvest season displays …

What if I told you that your life isn't about you? | Worship

Your life is not about you. That statement might seem like a paradox, but when you understand it, it provides freedom. We live in a culture that is hyper-individualistic. Most things are done …

Life lessons learned through gardening | Worship

I never imagined myself as a gardener. But this summer I became one. Perhaps that overstates it a bit. I call myself a “gardener” with a chuckle in my heart. Still, my level of engagement …

Christian nationalism is neither Christian nor patriotic. It’s a dangerous political movement. A statement by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America says it this way: “Christian …

Love one another – Period

It is interesting to read throughout scriptures how important and often the word “love” is used. We read that faith, hope and love are central to all living, but that love is the greatest of all …

Shipwrecks | Worship

How is it that we get into shipwrecks with ourselves or our significant others? Carl Jung, the world renown depth analyst once said, “What we do not make conscious will find a way to enter our …

Strength in unity | Worship

There is something to be said about being a part of a community of people that are united in a common goal. Having played and coached soccer for many years when I was younger, I enjoyed the …

Take a hike – go further

Our church took a hike the other day – on a Sunday morning – instead of having a service. We do that sometimes, to get out of the building and into the world. Whether it’s for community …

Islam has a rich history in the United States

I feel fortunate to practice my faith in a country where, like me, the majority of people believe in God, where everyone is free, and most people are peaceful and able to participate in and …

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