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Some people wistfully hope conversations can or should happen at General Assembly. But overtures, motions and the like are part of the procedures that govern debates, not conversations.
The last time I wrote about the baptism of Jesus I got more response than any of my other columns. I was accused of heresy and intellectual dishonesty.
I remember the time 42 years ago when Linda, her dad and I went fishing up the middle fork of the White River. Linda and I had just
I have many friends who are actors. When asked, the veterans amongst them will tell you the most important tool an actor has is the ability to listen.
As I write this, I look east over the hills of Jerusalem. It is a Monday morning and yesterday was the first Sunday in Advent. I raise an
The church of my youth gathered each New Year's Eve to usher in the New Year with prayer. It was the acknowledgement that the enormity of the challenges
"Then, the Arrival of the Son of Man! It will fill the skies—no one will miss it. Unready people all over the world, outsiders to the splendour and
I'm writing this while flying to Minneapolis, where I'm taking a course on philanthropy and completing a certificate in this area of study. Philanthropy literally means love of humanity.
Liberals—a lousy moniker, I agree, or lefties, equally fraught; comes down to us from seating arrangements in courts from the past; but you know what I mean. Liberals
Our son Allan was a typical, grumpy 14 - year - old. He would attend the youth group, led by a theology student named Doug, under protest; but
Dec. 21: Fourth Sunday of Advent Luke 1:26-38 How does Mary, the mother of Jesus, sound to you? We hear her in her own voice just twice: First, in
Genealogies are interesting things. When I was a young lad living with my grandparents, I remember being intrigued with one particular family legend—that several generations ago there had
I doubt that I'm the only one who experiences writer's block. I am grateful that it comes only rarely into my work. Another prevalent occurrence for me is
"The mail is in, David," Linda said. She had just returned from our mailbox at the end of the road. "It looks like you have a birthday card
Questions of whether same - sex relationships are germane in matters of ordination and marriage are once again being raised in the church. Just how these questions will
My daughter was angry with me one day when she was three years old. She said she wanted to be a particular girl at her day care. I
My successor as Moderator of the General Assembly will have a much tougher job than I did. At the last assembly, commissioners felt deeply about and debated passionately
Do Presbyterians really believe Jesus will come back, as he says he will in our gospel today? William Miller was sure Jesus would return on Oct. 22, 1844. On
The more I pray for, study and seek renewal for the church, the more I realize that personal renewal is a necessary part of what happens corporately. I
October 26, 2014, 20th Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 22:34 - 40 (41 - 46) Alternate first reading, Deuteronomy 6:1 - 9 "You shall love the Lord your God with all your