Category Archives: religion

Advent begins with a promise

Advent is a time when we remember the promises of God, which we do by retelling the Christmas story. This is the story of a God who promised to fulfill humanity’s ancient longing to restore harmony to the world and … Continue reading

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Take possession of the Promised Land

I remember those years in the desert, When day burned into everlasting day And the Promised Land seemed itself a dream From a far-off time, never meant for us But given to our parents in an age Long past. But … Continue reading

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The evangelist at the next table

So the battle for my soul continued today. I’ll leave it to individual readers to decide for themselves who is winning that battle. The valley of decision today lay at the local Panera Bread, where I was working on an … Continue reading

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Never a room for racism: a hill we should die on

When Paul mixed it up with Peter at Antioch, he wasn’t angry over doctrine. He was angry that Peter was refusing to eat with people from a different race. He was so livid that he was willing to split the … Continue reading

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Dating and the Christian in college

Back about 26 years ago, our InterVarsity staff worker decided he needed to come before the college fellowship and share his great wisdom on the subject of dating. So one Friday night, he addressed the fellowship and asked if anyone … Continue reading

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The truth we assume

You might not know it but I used to be a holy roller. From 1988 until around 1996, I was actively involved in an Assemblies of God church in the Easton, Pa., area. I didn’t speak in tongues myself, but … Continue reading

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When a sacrament is just lunch

Eat some bread and drink some wine during church, and it’s a sacrament we call Communion. Outside church, it’s lunch. During church, we can have all sorts of rules on how to celebrate the sacrament correctly. Does it have to … Continue reading

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President Trump, the Religious Right and my Jesus

My Jesus cares about justice. There is no evidence that Trump or his supporters do. My Jesus healed the sick. Trump has made cuts to healthcare, while his supporters approved. My Jesus welcomes refugees. Trump turns them away while his … Continue reading

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My ancestors were kicked out of the meeting

I was raised Presbyterian, but that’s not the only Christian sect in my family tree. I have several notable ancestors who were members of the Quaker meeting in Philadelphia back in the 1770s until they were removed. Think about this … Continue reading

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Keeping the faith in the Age of Trump

The church was never meant to side with the wealthy and powerful, neither directly nor through its silence. It has always been God’s intent that the church be built with the broken, the hurting and the cast-offs of society. “It … Continue reading

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