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 By Jim Beirne    Opinion

Good news in difficult times | Worship

Don't you love to hear good news? We all do! There's nothing like it! It's easy to receive and brings out the best in everyone. Everyday we wake up it's very apparent that we are li... — Updated 3/10/2021

 By David Parks    Opinion

Christianity has been hijacked | Worship

News coverage of the riotous insurrection in our nation's capital on Jan. 6 included video of the disturbing scene. There were confederate flags, Q-Anon banners, Viking helmets and... — Updated 3/3/2021

 By Pam Miles    Opinion

Do you see your neighbor? | Weekly Worship

It's hard to believe that we are now going on a year in the pandemic. A year where we have not been able to worship shoulder to shoulder, and elbow to elbow. No hanging out at the... — Updated 2/24/2021

 By Glen Pickus    Opinion

Seeking social justice is our tradition | Worship

Like all other religions Judaism comes in several flavors. There are the familiar Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements. Less well known denominations include... — Updated 2/17/2021


Where is the Living Christ? | Worship

A ragged man is huddled in the corner of the bank entrance so he can shelter from the cold winter wind. As I walk by, I try to avoid looking at him at all, especially his eyes. “The homeless people in this town are growing too ra... — Updated 2/10/2021

 By Don Saul    Opinion

To Be-lieve or Not to Be-lieve: That is the Question | Worship

Humble apologies to Shakespeare, who wrote the actual masterful line in his play, Hamlet! Hamlet contemplated the ultimate question: the value of life itself. He pondered the... — Updated 2/3/2021

 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Forgiveness can be spiritually liberating | Worship

Forgiving others who have hurt our feelings can bring us peace of mind and please God. Doing so can have a positive effect on our health and relationships, while keeping us at peace... — Updated 1/27/2021

 By Gordy Arlin    Opinion

If I knew for sure that I would die next month, Part 9 of 9 – Conclusion | Worship

Editor’s Note: See parts 1-9 at They were published on Aug. 15, 2018, Jan. 9, 2019, May 29, Aug. 7, Nov. 6, Jan. 22, 2020, Sept. 9 and Nov. 11. Hello friends!... — Updated 1/20/2021


Wise men found hope for the world in a small child | Worship

A week ago on Jan. 6, Christians celebrated Epiphany. Epiphany is also known in Mexico as Día de los Reyes (Three Kings' Day). This holiday represents the day the Wise Men or Magi... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Mark Smith    Opinion

Seize the Day! | Worship

The turning of the calendar at New Year’s makes one more keenly aware of the passage of time. It is a sobering and yet helpful reminder – because we don’t always think about... — Updated 1/6/2021


Rise up and go to the Potter's House | Worship

Once there was a potter who held in his hands a fine lump of clay. The lump seemed so small and helpless that he held it gently, carefully, warmly in his hands. In fact, his fingers and palms totally covered the ball as he leaned o... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Sal Barba    Opinion

Erring and erring, I walk the unerring path | Worship

What in our life have we been controlled or compelled by? We are currently controlled by a pandemic, and we are compelled to respond to the emerging rules of safety and health in a... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Glen Pickus    Opinion

Hanukkah confusion | Worship

Despite being one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays, understanding why we celebrate Hanukkah can be confusing. First, there is the common misperception that Hanukkah is... — Updated 12/10/2020

 By Mark Smith    Opinion

An epidemic of loneliness | Worship

The COVID-19 pandemic we have all been dealing with has served to amplify the impact of another epidemic that has been with us for some time: the epidemic of chronic loneliness.... — Updated 12/2/2020


Having a Thankful Heart | Worship

Recently, as I was heading off to work, I felt somewhat downhearted in the cold darkness of that morning. As I got in my car, I felt a powerful question hit me in the chest,... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Muslims, Christian share values, love for Jesus | Worship

Like most American Muslim kids, I had a great childhood friend who was Christian. His name was Glenn. His father was in the Navy and his mom stayed home and in that home, I was... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By Gordy Arlin    Opinion

If I knew for sure that I would die next month, part 8 of 9 | Worship

Editor’s Note: See parts 1-7 at They were published on Aug. 15, 2018, Jan. 9, 2019, May 29, Aug. 7, Nov. 6, Jan. 22, 2020, and Sept. 9. Hello friends! Jesus... — Updated 11/11/2020

 By Arhiaha Shek    Opinion

What matters the most to you? | Worship

What matters to you? What are causes that line up with your values you wish to support with your time, talents and money? Supporting access to homeless shelters, access to higher ed... — Updated 10/28/2020

 By Mark Smith    Opinion

To tell the truth | Worship

It’s election time, and therefore open season for politicians to accuse one another of lying. Has there ever been a truly honest politician who has always told the truth? I bet ev... — Updated 10/28/2020

 By David Parks    Opinion

Evangelical Lutheran Church : The Whitest denomination | Worship

It’s true. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the least racially diverse in the United States. I am humbled and troubled by that. Lenny Duncan has written, “Dear... — Updated 10/14/2020

 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Greed and excess helping to fuel country's economic distress | Worship

When I was growing up in the 1960s, a social movement challenged the values of our country seeking to end racial discrimination and end the war in Southeast Asia. Those protesters... — Updated 10/14/2020


Love and Service | Worship

“Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all . . . “ (Holy Bible Galations... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Glen Pickus    Opinion

Virtual worship during a real pandemic | Worship

In pre-COVID-19 pandemic times right about now, with the Jewish High Holy Days approaching, I would be psyching myself up to spend a lot of time in worship services at Temple Beth... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Gordy Arlin    Opinion

If I knew for sure that I would die next month, part 7 of 9

Editor’s Note: See parts 1-6 at They were published on Aug. 15, 2018, Jan. 9, 2019, May 29, Aug. 7, Nov. 6 and Jan. 22,2020. Hello friends! There’s hope for... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Jeff Dutra    Opinion

Bridge builders | Worship

This is likely my final contribution to the Worship column for the Beacon. After 25 years of ministry at Mukilteo Foursquare Church, and 18 of those years as the Senior Pastor,... — Updated 8/26/2020


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