One of the most dangerous issues confronting people today is the lack of hope that pervades our society and culture. There is a growing segment of society that lacks an expectation that things will eventually get better.
This Sunday is Easter Sunday, celebrated by Christians the world over in recognition of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. While the coming of Christ into the world celebrated at Christmas redefined world history as we know it, it is in fact the resurrection that secures the benefits for thos…
Prosperity Theology or the Prosperity Gospel is a religious belief among some Protestant Christians that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God for them, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to religious causes will increase one’s material wealth. Int…
What in the world does Jesus mean when he says, “blessed are the peacemakers?” Is he calling his followers to non-violence? To pacificism? To be honest, many non-church folks look at the church and see a bunch of namby-pamby cowards who resist engagement with the real world.
Jesus is famously asked, “And who is my neighbor?” The one asking the question wanted to rationalize himself and set up boundaries around who deserved his friendship, love and care.
When something horrible happens, whether it is in our own lives or something we see in the media, it is very common for people of faith and people of no faith to ask the same question: “Where is God when bad things happen?”
Here I sit, writing on Monday, December 28, the Fourth Day of Christmas. I can hear the question: “What do you mean Fourth Day of Christmas?” “Wasn’t Christmas last Friday, the 25th?” Here is my answer:
I confess that, particularly around Christmas time, I love the King James poetry of translation: “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”
I graduated from seminary in May of last year, knowing that I would move to Salida by July 1. I knew very little about what awaited me, but I grew up in Alamosa, so I knew some things about small mountain towns. The mountains are much closer here, however.
A chipmunk decided that it wanted to tour the church Sunday morning after our service. A few attempts to coax it out were unsuccessful and so I acquired a live trap from Ace Hardware.
One of my favorite pastimes is hiking. There might be a better location for a hiker somewhere else in the world, but it would take a monumental argument to convince me that it’s better than here.
Hope in the Bible has been best described as “a confident expectation of things to come.” We use the word hope generally in such ways as, “I hope the pandemic ends soon,” or “I hope the medical tests they did on me come out well,” or “I hope the Denver Broncos do well!” All of these describe…
As Colorado lifts COVID-19 restrictions regarding the number of people who can gather together, Salida churches are taking varying approaches, with some remaining closed, some opening and many offering a hybrid of online and limited church services.
I am a watcher of culture. An observer of humanity – of habits we find ourselves getting into. Trends that seem to pop up out of the blue and take off like wildfire. In this puzzling time, the No. 1 thing a bunch of people are doing – in our culture anyway – and, yes, it’s a bit puzzling to …
How does our faith get lived out in our lives – in these times especially? How do we reach out with love and concern for our brothers, sisters and neighbors in this time of staying in, worry and loss?