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Please forgive me | Worship

By my count, I’ve written about the Jewish High Holy Days at least 15 times for the Beacon Worship page, so some of the following may already be familiar to you. This year, Rosh Hashanah, the …

Belief, trust, and honor | Worship

How often we think about faith and our spiritual beliefs can be a measure of how well life works for us. What does faith mean to you, and do you consider yourself to be a person with belief who is …

Finger pointing is rampant and dominating the conversation, massive problems are re-crisply defined and loudly complained about, news shows and documentaries routinely close with the thought …

Drops of kindness | Worship

When you think of kindness what comes to mind? Do you envision saying “please” and “thank you?” Or holding the door open for someone entering the store behind you? Maybe being there for …

Unplugging | Worship

I enjoy social media. It can be a gift. There is a way that it makes us more connected than ever. It also gives us quick access to some of the finest music, film, arts, and culture. We can also use …

Finding the right path in challenging times | Worship

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time with the youth of our church in the outdoors. While it was not the first time being outdoors with our youth, this particular experience left a …

What is truth?

Pontius Pilate was the fifth governor of the Roman province of Judaea. Most famously, he was the one who presided over the trial of Jesus. During an exchange recorded in John 18, Pilate asked Jesus; …

The fly on the wall

Editor’s note: The Beacon is revisiting Worship columns by some of our retired writers. This piece that ran March 18, 2009, is by Jeff Dutra, former pastor of Family Life Center. No doubt …

The kids are in trouble | Worship

Kids are in trouble. They feel more isolated, forgotten, and detached than ever before. The pandemic has made their lives difficult, but the crisis started long before that. In 2002, American …

Honoring our parents | Worship

Editor’s note: The Beacon is revisiting Worship columns by some of our retired writers. This piece that ran May 7, 2008 is by Mark Smith, former senior pastor of Mukilteo Presbyterian Church. Of …

Where religion and state intersect | Worship

Voting is a civic right and responsibility. Voting is a moral obligation. Making sure that every eligible person has equal access to the ballot box is an act of good citizenry. In Judaism …

We are at a crisis point with gun violence in America. It’s time for people of faith across our country to come together in the name of human life. Let’s be clear, all of society suffers …

Call it what it is: War | Worship

Ever meet one of those people … you know … one of THOSE people … who just can’t stop talking about their diet? “My diet says this; my diet says that.” “I can’t eat this; that’s …

Protecting Free Speech | Worship

While Jehovah’s Witnesses have chosen to temporarily suspend their door-to-door ministry due to the pandemic, their activity was almost permanently banned by one U.S. village in the late 1990s — …

Our return home | Worship

“Keep your eye on the donut, but don’t just keep your eye on the hole inside the donut, or the donut itself, keep your eye on the whole donut including the space that surrounds it!” – Vin …

Bulletproof | Worship

Hello friends! I got all too indulgently spikey in my writing this time, selfishly allowing myself a big vent over the jaw-dropping and indefensible dithering of the leaders of the free world. Even …

The reason for power | Worship

In 2008, I was three years into my then career at FedEx Express in Hawthorne, California. I was in ASPIRE, which was an apprenticeship program to become an operations manager within the company. …

Standing a little taller in adversity | Worship

Congratulations to all of the new graduates! What a wonderful achievement and a milestone in your young life. As you plan and prepare to enter into your next phase in life, I hope you get the …

Love is not safe | Worship

Editor’s note: The Beacon is revisiting Worship columns by some of our retired writers. This piece that ran Feb. 20, 2008 is by Mark Smith, former senior pastor of Mukilteo Presbyterian …

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