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Can two walk together, except they be going to the same store?

After about a million days of toil, sweat and aggravation, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I decided to take a few days off and relax.I am not a real expert when it comes to relaxing. I have not pursued a Ph.D in relaxing and therefore it … 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

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

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

Black eye causes quandary of the first order

Quandaries come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. As someone who is somewhat of a connoisseur in this area, I can readily attest to this. However, many do not realize quandaries come in two categories.First are those quandaries that come … 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

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

Living in Eternity

Happy Easter, the celebration of the end of Winter and the renewal of life! The history of this holiday goes all the way back to when we observed a lunar calendar, which is to say this is a nature-based holiday which the Jews used to remember … 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

You might be a Protestant after all

A lot of people don’t know it, but 2017 is the anniversary of one of the most momentous events in the history of Western Christianity. It is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.It was back in 1517, that groups of Christians began … more

A suspicious mind is a terrible thing to waste

I have discovered over the years several types of minds. The “open mind,” which catches everything except the truth. The “analytical mind” which organizes everything to the point of sterility. The “closed mind” which you can bounce ideas … more

In life and in all things, run to win

In life, it’s nice to win. Frankly, it feels great! Winning builds confidence, inspires hope through the victory and challenges you to reach higher and go further. Today, I want to encourage you to “run to win.” The Bible says it rains on the … 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

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

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

Well, The Pope, the Dali Lama and even I think the answer to this is a simple YES.  We love our pets. But we eat and hunt animals and we consider many to be enemies, predators and dangerous. We even celebrate when our President’s two sons kill … more

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

My theological perspective tends to fall into the category of panentheism, which argues that God is the soul of creation, all creation throughout the universe. With that perspective the question is not so much whether or not an animal, including … 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

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

For this roundtable discussion, Ashley the Editor wants us to answer the question, “Do animals have souls?”Across the centuries, Christians have approached that question in a variety of ways. The historic consensus is that, yes, animals do have … 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
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