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The mythology of the Reformation

This year, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, so, for the last few months, I’ve been using these columns to examine some of the consequences of that event. But, … more

Did someone just hack my thermometer?

I do not like to complain (except on certain occasions when nobody is listening) but I am not too happy with the weather these days. I have never felt so cold before.Is it true that the older you get, the less cold temperature you can stand? If it … more

Celebrating one of life’s great moments with my wife

By Dr. James L. SnyderOut to PastorAt times, it seems as if there is absolutely no justice in this world, and then something wonderful happens making up for almost everything. This past week I was fortunate enough to experience one of those rare … more

Move on, move forward with life

Every chapter of our life has a purpose and a reason. Just as chapters open and close, they are designed for moving on and moving forward. more

For some, Easter is a hop and a skip

As may be expected, Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Although I prefer to call it Resurrection Sunday, I am not easily offended by words. Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.”It … more

Life is a journey: Break the cycle

Life is a journey. Some seasons bring peace and you feel covered by grace. Other seasons seem to be engulfed with obstacles the size of mountains.

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Just like me, all my friends are getting old

Getting old seems to be a long and slow process. The longer it goes the older you get.I didn’t really think I was getting old until a few weeks ago I was visiting with some friends from high school. You know those old high school friends that you … more

A plan is needed to help ‘Children of God’

Children of God. That is how the dead children of Syria were referred to by our president this past week. However, children (and adults) have been dying in Syria for several years. To date, somewhere between 400,000 – 500,000 Syrians have died in … more

Reflecting on the role of church as a sanctuary

I am wondering to what lengths any of us might go to preserve our lives, preserve the lives of our loved ones and find a place of safety and sanctuary? Would we cross a border to a “promised land?” Even if we didn’t have all the paperwork?I … more

Breaking down the Protestant Reformation

This year is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, so over the last few months, I’ve been writing about some of the important consequences of that event. And one of the biggest … more

Remaking and reforming the Church

Well, it’s almost here. For the better part of this past year, I’ve been writing a series of columns about the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and October 31st is the actual anniversary date.  more

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

I believe the answer to our question is no, animals don’t have souls. However, before you stop reading, let me say I believe this is a more complex theological issue. Because animals may not have souls doesn’t mean they aren’t in Heaven. In … more

Single, but not alone

So another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and, once again, you just stood on the sidelines and watched while everyone else did all the romance stuff. You watched while everyone else did the special date thing and the traditional flower thing … more

Exploring the nature of truth

One of the things I’ve learned in my life is that truth is controversial. You wouldn’t think so, would you? I mean truth is truth. The opposite of truth is lies. No one would willingly choose a lie over the truth…or would they? Have you ever … more

It’s all in the house: Cleaning out a good way to assess your spiritual life

Everything we need or want is always in the house. What does that mean exactly? I’m glad you asked. In the Bible, there was a woman who lost a coin. In total, there were 10 coins; however, she lost one. This woman was relentless in her search; she … more

I’ll do it first thing tomorrow. Now, what did you want?

You would think being a husband as long as I have been I would have learned the fine art of negotiating with my wife. And trust me, it is an artistic creation.When I got married, somebody told me that marriage was a 50-50 proposition, which being … more

Is the Whole World Crazy or Is It Just Me?

Driving across town the other day I was nearly hit by four different vehicles. One ran a stop sign, another swerved in front of me and almost hit me and I’m sure the other two were on their cell … more

Luther’s reformation began 500 years ago

2017 is the 500th anniversary of The Protestant Reformation, and this is the second in a series of columns about some of the important consequences of that event.A good way to illustrate those consequences is with stories, so let’s consider a true … more

What’s the Message?

My church posted the sign that’s pictured with this column out by the entrance to our facility. Twice now, someone has taken it down. more

Where do you look for a lost voice?

It has been a quiet week at the parsonage. Far quieter than usual. I cannot remember a time when it was quieter. If silence is golden, the week glowed with a yellow brilliance.Have you ever noticed when you lose something, it is always in the last … more
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