Thoughts for the Soul


COVID-19 and Faith

Posted on Apr 14, 2020 in Thoughts for the Soul

Let’s begin with some facts. The outbreak of a new coronavirus began in China in December and has now spread around the world. While often …

Resistance Training

Posted on Mar 13, 2020 in Thoughts for the Soul

The United Church of Christ publishes an online Daily Devotional (, the vast majority of which are written by United Church of Christ pastors and church …

Village Life

Posted on Feb 2, 2020 in Thoughts for the Soul

The Jan Hus Bohemian Brethren United Presbyterian Church was located on Manhattan’s East 74th Street. Founded in 1874, the congregation came into existence to serve …

Holy Humor and Humility

Posted on Jan 8, 2020 in Thoughts for the Soul

Many church folks don’t realize that the book of Genesis provides two creation stories. The first describes what God did on day 1, then on day 2, etc.

God With Us

Posted on Dec 10, 2019 in Thoughts for the Soul

Incarnation is one of those churchy words we hear at this time of year. “Jesus is the incarnation of God,” the preacher may say. An …

Gratitude and Giving Thanks

Posted on Nov 4, 2019 in Thoughts for the Soul

A study a few years ago attempted to measure Americans’ sense of gratitude. It found that Americans see their individual selves as increasingly grateful, while …

Preach the gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.

Posted on Oct 7, 2019 in Thoughts for the Soul

Many church-going folks have heard these words, which are commonly attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. (Sources with very different points of view agree that …

Immigrants and Our Faith

Posted on Sep 11, 2019 in Thoughts for the Soul

Cultural attitudes and government policies have impacted immigrants to the United States for our entire history

Commodities and Covenants

Posted on Jul 10, 2019 in Thoughts for the Soul

A few decades ago I knew a gentleman (I’ll call him Les) who earned his living as a commodities trader. He bought and sold agricultural …

Bottomless Wells . . .

Posted on Jun 25, 2019 in Thoughts for the Soul

What is my faith apart from my concepts about God, Jesus, church, and life after death? That’s the question that caused a spiritual earthquake for …

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