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Death is not the end of our lives

We seem to be surrounded by death, lately, don’t we? Earthquakes, hurricanes, Las Vegas mass shooting, gang violence in some of our cities. Did I mention cancer and heart disease? It’s … more

Science and Religion and Climate Change

I have seen some recent research data comparing religious beliefs with acceptance of basic scientific standards.  For instance, when it comes to climate change, people in the US are split as to the level of concern they have for it.  However, when … more

Stop Thinking That Way

Most of our lives we have heard “the sky is the limit.”  The bible teaches us, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. What has caused you to put your dreams on hold?  What … more

The Endless Flow of Ink

This past week I had my yearly visit with my doctor. Believe me, it was no vacation but it did vacate the cash in my wallet. It was not the loss I needed at the time. It is amazing about my … 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

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

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

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

Trump is a problem, not the problem

On MLK day I listened to an interview on the NPR program “Fresh Air” with Melba Pattillo Beals. She was one of nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. 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

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

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

Trump and Puerto Rico: robbery and chaos

“When rich speculators prosper While farmers lose their land; when government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures; when the upper class is extravagant and … more

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls

First and foremost it is important to establish that mankind’s soul is made up of one’s mind, will and emotions. In Genesis 1:24-27, God delineates the difference between man and animal.  In verses 24-25, God describes his creation of the … more

Keep protesting for the church

Today, there are about 2.2 billion Christians in the world, with a billion or so Catholics and Protestants in each group. The Orthodox, Anglican and other independent communities of faith round out … more

Where in the world does time go?

I remember my grandfather telling me that the older you get the faster time flies. Laughing at him at the time I thought it was another of his little stories he loved telling.Just the other day I caught myself telling one of my grandchildren, “The … more

I am easily confused by Daylight Savings... So what time is it?

When it comes to certain things, I am quite a bit confused. One thing has to do with time. What I want to know, what time is it?I do not know why time cannot be the same for everybody. After all, everybody is squirming about equal rights. Why … more

The coming spiritual tailwind

For the past year America has been fighting a headwind brought about by the struggle to preserve our American Democracy. As 2017 ended, we were given hints that the winds have shifted and we are … more

Would you like a burp with that hiccup?

Looking at the alarm clock by my bedside, it clearly read 2:37 a.m. The loud buzzing sound was not in my head after all. Who in the world could be calling me at this hour of the night?I grumbled to myself, sat straight up in bed and gasped. An … more
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