Separation of Church and State

Let every person subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Romans 13:1) As we inaugurate the 45th President of the United States, I’ve been thinking about our concept of separation of church and state. Sometimes I hear this interpreted to mean we are to be free FROM religion, which to my thinking was not the original intent. Sometimes we interpret […]

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My New Year’s Non-Resolutions

It’s a new year and the time when many make pledges to themselves to improve their lives in some way. I’ve made many resolutions over the years. And failed to keep them nearly 100% of the time. So this year, I didn’t bother. I did make a list of things I’d like to have achieved by the end of the year. Some are personal involving improving or strengthening relationships with a few folks in my […]

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Birth Announcement

I’m having more trouble than usual this year getting into the Christmas spirit.  The reasons for this are many. I grew up in the North. 80-degree weather and Christmas just don’t go together in my psyche even though I’ve now spent a third of my life in that situation. We’ll be traveling over Christmas and New Year’s so going all out to decorate seems an exercise in pointlessness. Plus, the season is full of other […]

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Candlelight Services

For many Christians gathering with family at a Christmas Eve candlelight service, singing “Silent Night” while holding small candles, is what it means to really celebrate Christmas. I’ve participated in many such services. First as a teenager growing up in a home that did not include a worship service as part of our family’s celebration. I went with my best friend and her family, leaving my family at home listening to Christmas carols and sipping […]

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Welcome to Gridlock USA

 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. (Luke 23:34) If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you yours. (Matthew 6:14) Jesus had a few favorite topics he talked about all the time. The defenseless. Welcoming strangers. He didn’t talk much about politics. He was more interested in relationships. He talked a lot about relationships between Creator and created; neighbors and enemies; leaders and […]

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