Thoughts for the Soul


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 …

Growing Our Faith

Posted on May 26, 2019 in Thoughts for the Soul

The apostle Paul asserted when writing to the Christians in Corinth that “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, reason …

Jesus – Afraid?

Posted on Apr 9, 2019 in Thoughts for the Soul

Books and articles about the emotions of Jesus fascinate me. They make interesting links between scripture passages on the one hand, and how we understand …

Why Pray?

Posted on Mar 25, 2019 in Thoughts for the Soul

Lent is the time during the church year when Christians historically have subjected themselves to more rigorous spiritual discipline. As a youngster, I recall attending …

Is there a religious way to get angry?

Posted on Feb 25, 2019 in Thoughts for the Soul

While exploring materials about anger and faith, I found the following article by Kelsey Dallas, from the Desert News published in Utah. The article responds …

Have you had an Epiphany lately?

Posted on Jan 25, 2019 in Thoughts for the Soul

I grew up in the German Reformed heritage of the United Church of Christ. The congregations with which I was acquainted all practiced liturgical worship, …

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