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Domestic violence occurs in all socioeconomic, ethnic and religious communities, but it’s particularly heinous when Christian communities claiming a high view of the Bible misuse Scripture to promote rather than prevent abuse. […] Read More

When people are so focused on their own desires or needs to the point they can imagine nothing else, they will invariably worship the one who claims to be able to assuage their hunger, opening a door to exploitation and oppression. […] Read More

To be humble is to have one’s feet firmly planted on the ground, to carry the smell of the earth. Humble folks know they’re not the center of the earth but also know they aren’t second-rate pieces of dirt either. […] Read More

The prophet Jeremiah urged King Zedekiah to seek a solution to the Babylonian threat short of open conflict. The king chose the counsel of his hard-line advisers to pursue militant resistance. The similarities to today are striking. […] Read More

Every Saturday night, the Walsh families gathered for dinner, music and cousin time. There were nine children, ranging in age from 4 to 15. It was boisterously good fun. Kids catapulted across the lawn playing games, adults barbecued and set tables for dinner. The swing hanging from an old oak tree was in constant use. […] Read More

When we witness someone display a moment of extraordinary grace or strength, we must avoid setting that as the precedent for them or others. We can appreciate super-human effort but must still see normal-human effort as valuable. […] Read More

More than twice as many pastors struggle with depression compared to the national rate. When churches search for a new pastor, the process can exacerbate and trigger those who are already more prone to depression. […] Read More

A white police officer, convicted of killing a black man in his own home, is sentenced to 10 years. A deputy, who is a Sikh believer, is gunned down during a traffic stop. Am I naïve to think racial justice in the US is improving? […] Read More

While we have come far to welcome and affirm members of the LGBTQ community with public events, other churches are determined to blunt that progress with their own subtle underlying protest to communicate doctrine and dogma. […] Read More

‘Ad Astra’

While ‘Ad Astra’ is generating lots of Oscar buzz for Brad Pitt’s performance and delivers a solid message about father-son relationships, this sci-fi tale ultimately falls apart because of weak character development. […] Read More