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Forgiveness and clergy sexual abuse l Worship

Last week, the Houston Chronicle reported hundreds of cases of sexual misconduct among pastors and leaders in Southern Baptist Churches. They describe misconduct in the last 20 years that ranges from possession of child... — Updated 2/20/2019 Full story


When clergy behave badly l Worship

Earlier this week, I sat with other members of my family in a hospital waiting room. We were waiting for news from the doctors about my 84-year-old father’s heart surgery. It was a busy place with paper coffee cups, Christmas... — Updated 1/2/2019


Learning from our youngers l Worship

The latest census projections for our county predict a significant increase in the number of people 18 and under living in, and going to, school in our community. According to the bureau, in 2016 there were about 182,000 of them.... — Updated 2/28/2018


500 years later, Luther’s legacy offers tricky lessons | Worship

It’s a tricky thing to be Lutheran as the world celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. You may remember that in the last days of October 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses onto the church door in Wittenberg,... — Updated 10/4/2017 Full story


No Room in the Inn

The first pages of the New Testament provide a compelling narrative of the earliest episodes in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Matthew’s gospel paints a vivid picture of the perils of life in first century Palestine. It was not a... — Updated 12/21/2016


This bibliophile’s relationship with the Bible | Worship

On most days I rise early, make some coffee, check emails and look for a weather report. After that, I open my Bible and attempt a conversation with God. Sometimes it’s a glorious experience. I read lines from the Psalms that rem... — Updated 7/15/2015


Letters from prison | Worship

I cringed a little bit when I discovered the envelope in my mail in-box in the office. It was from the State Corrections Center in Shelton, Wash. I had heard from inmates in prison before. I had visited those convicted of serious c... — Updated 2/18/2015


The Beacon made a mistake | Worship

The Beacon made a mistake. It was not a big mistake or a serious mistake, but it did cause some confusion. Last month, they published a worship column written by The Church of... — Updated 12/10/2014


I belong to a cult

Pastor Robert Jeffress, of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday, Oct. 7 before a speech in Iowa. According to Kasie Hunt of the Associated Press, he contrasted Perry's religion with Mit... — Updated 10/26/2011


Two flags, two loyalties?

Last summer, the Fourth of July landed on a Sunday. It seemed to me like the perfect occasion to preach about the difficulties of living with dual citizenship. I went on and on in the sermon about how we as American Christians and... — Updated 6/29/2011


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