Opinion: All creation cries out June 2, 2010
The wild strawberries are ripening in my neighborhood. I would not have noticed it had I not been accompanying my dog, Lucky, on a leisurely sniff-n-stroll. Lucky, you see, like the robins and finches and cardinals who eat at my birdfeeders, like the rabbits who graze on my lawn, like the pigeon who has decided to nest atop my garage door opener, notices small things.
Opinion: For God so loved May 28, 2010
When Jesus came "that they may have life, and have it abundantly," I trust his efforts weren't limited to those born into privilege or lucky enough to have a winning lottery number.
Opinion: Arizona SB1070, err on the side of compassion May 28, 2010
Living in southern Arizona gives a person a special perspective on the current immigration crisis. At the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, we have a history of being proactive in the immigration issue.
Editorial: Pentecostal courage May 21, 2010
In the UCC we've developed various narratives that invoke courage. Prophetic courage, John Thomas' call to evangelical courage, courageous activism and so on.
Opinion: Busyness as usual May 19, 2010
In the late 1960s, a subcommittee of the Senate received expert testimony on the anticipated effects of advancements in technologies that would allow people to accomplish their work faster and live their lives with greater efficiency. The great challenge of the future was going to be what people would do with all their free time.
Opinion: Why Belgian beer tastes so good May 17, 2010
I am particularly fond of Belgian beer. There's nothing quite like popping the top off a full-bodied, monk-brewed St. Bernardus Abt 12, sitting on the porch with Ron on a hot summer day and insulting each other's beer. Gotta love those monks.
Opinion: Love one another May 10, 2010
Love is the answer. Not just the love we enjoy between friends or family members or for people who are "like me". Love as a commitment to the common good. Love as the force that can change the world. Love as a life-style, 24/7. Personal love, yes, and love for the whole.
Opinion: The case for church May 4, 2010
So why go to church? I often hear this question or its variations: "Isn't it the same if I stay home, pray and read the Bible?" "Isn't God also there when I walk on the beach or climb the mountain top?" "Doesn't God care more about inner attitude than outer worship?"
Opinion: The gift that keeps on giving April 26, 2010
Sometimes it's hard to remember that there was a world that existed without the internet, email, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. We now keep track of cell phones, smart phones, iPods, iPads and Kindles and the list goes on.