Living & Growing: Unity in diversity

Life is relationship based. It concerns me that we have become a society that is too quick to sacrifice relationship for personal, political and religious gain. Relationships are critical in all areas of life. Read more

Living & Growing: Listening and speaking wisely

We live in a society where the skill of listening is too often replaced by reloading our vocabulary with ammunition to shoot down another person. Read more

Living & Growing: Unified in diversity

Disunity, dissension, demonization, degradation, discombobulation, are just a few of the "D" words that cause so much pain and disharmony to us as people, community, state, nation and world. Read more

Living & Growing: Does the emergency button work?

In a recent power outage, my wife and I had the unfortunate timing of being between floors two and three while riding the elevator. The elevator stopped and the emergency light went on. Read more

Living & Growing: I wouldn't even touch one of those people

We are unique people with opinions and attitudes that can both connect us and disconnect us from others. Life is a journey that involves decision making about how to relate to and accept other people. It is a struggle we all face. Read more

Living and growing: Faith meant to broaden love for humankind

At a recent children's sermon, my 8-year-old granddaughter was asked to bring something important to her to share with the other children and the congregation. Read more

"The kid with the curly hair?"

31 years ago, our 12-year-old son was experiencing problems in his History class. He repeatedly told us his teacher was racist because "all the black kids, including me, are treated differently. Read more

Living and growing: Chosen

Can we define life as simply a series of good choices? Does life boil down to taking personal responsibility for our lives? Frequently these well intentioned, but often hurtful phrases and half-truths become excuses. Read more

Living and growing: Making things good again

We all live with brokenness. Our families, friends, community, state, country and world all reflect the reality of brokenness. It is important to bring conflict and differences together so they balance. Read more

Living and growing: Forget the perfect Christmas - celebrate the real Christmas

We live with a mixture of fantasy and reality in our understanding of Christmas. Read more

"It's OK; we will have faith for you."

Our experience and understanding of God is not "one size fits all." Several years ago one of my favorite seminary professors suffered the sudden death of his beloved wife of many years. Read more

Living and growing: Sharing burdens

How do we relate to people who are burdened? How do we deal with our own burdens? Society is often unfriendly and blaming toward people who are caught up in burdensome realities. Often we view the burdens of others and our own with an attitude of denial. Read more

The gift of "we"

In 1985, our family made a vacation swing through parts of the Deep South. With our mixed race family, we experienced an "us/them" moment in several restaurants when it came time to pay for the meal. Read more

In praise of inclusive love

We live in a diverse community and world where inclusive love is always needed. Read more

What is your shelf life?

A few years ago, I readjusted the paint cans, tools and miscellaneous stuff that had collected on our garage shelves. The result was more space... Read more

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