The Greatest Nation

“Were our government for the PEOPLE, we would have the best education in the world, universal health insurance, a decent way of financing elections, and a massive commitment to sources of clean energy.” — Willam Sloane Coffin If we listen to the Christ, truly listen, we begin to realize that greatness cannot be measured by…

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Wondering

As a pastor, I often wonder whether members of my congregation actually pay attention to what the church has to offer, and what their pastor has to say. Feedback is often non-existent sans the average “good sermon” remark on Sunday mornings. Sooo . . . if anyone is actually starting to read what I write…

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Just Thinking . . .

I remember when, as a child, I would go to church services with my family where the minister always preached that we should be more like Jesus. I would listen and wish I could be more like Jesus, but, doggone it, I knew I’d never be able to walk on water unless it was frozen,…

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Homosexual “Agenda Alert”

A young man working for a Midland, Michigan area newspaper as a reporter, was promoted to the position of news editor a couple of days ago. This prompted one of our state legislators, Representative Gary Glenn, to issue what he calls an “agenda alert” to his constituents. Did he do so because of the young…

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Doubt is Good

William Sloane Coffin once said, “The opposite of faith is not doubt, it is certainty”. Those are pretty wise words. The average persons struggling with their faith often face doubt straight in the eye, and then beat themselves up for realizing that doubt is a part of who they are. They begin to believe doubt…

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Hype and Heroin

Remember Ebola? Remember all the fear-mongering and panic? There was constant 24 hr. news reporting, scandals that we were letting caregivers from Africa back into our country, and calls to close the borders to anyone coming from infected countries. There were cries for an “Ebola Czar”, and political posturing abounded. Did you know that Ebola…

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Pastoral Musings

Think for a moment what many people today want in a Hollywood movie — violence, adultery, incest, rape, murder, broken relationships, prostitution, theft, human trafficing and just about any other form of brokenness you can imagine. Well, there’s a pretty readable book that has it all, and would make one doggone good epic film. It’s…

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Pastoral Musings

On vacation last year, I attended a church worship service out of town. It began with two women sitting on bar stools, microphones in hand, singing to background music. That was followed by a band singing praise songs, guitars, drums and electric keyboards in a mini-concert. Then came a powerpoint presentation wherein a mini drama…

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Pastoral Musings

Supreme Court Justice Brandeis once said about our country that we can have a democracy, or we can have most of our wealth in the hands of a few, but that we cannot have both. We currently have a situation in our country where an extremely small percentage of our population controls the vast majority…

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