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LOWELL GRISHAM: Find answers in love

Jesus decried the hard-hearted application of law

Subscriber onlyThe conflict between love and law is one of the major themes in the Christian New Testament. Most of the opposition Jesus faced came from well-meaning people defending laws, rules and customs they believed Jesus was breaking. Though rarely angry, Jesus reacted strongly whenever people used the law as an excuse to act with hardness of heart. An example: Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: How anti-family must we be?

Nation’s immigration laws leave few options for good people

Subscriber onlyPastors know the research. If a father does not go to church, no matter how faithful a mother might be, only one child in 50 will become a regular worshipper. If a father goes to church, between two-thirds and three-quarters of their children will become churchgoers as adults, according to Promise Keepers and Baptist Press. Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: Modern affirmations

Christian leaders offer ‘confession’ in time of crisis

Subscriber onlyAn impressive group of 19 American Christian leaders -- Protestant, Evangelical and Catholic; black and white -- shared a retreat together this past Ash Wednesday. I would like to use this column to offer some highlights of their published letter, "A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis." (Read the entire text online at reclaimingjesus.org.) Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: The political Jesus

Messiah reveals ongoing story of two kingdoms

Subscriber onlyFor Christians, last week was Holy Week, the most important week of our year. During Holy Week we tell a story starting with Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We follow him to his Last Supper with his friends, his betrayal, arrest, trial, conviction, execution and burial. It appears that his work is a failure, until Easter Sunday, when his disciples experience the new life of resurrection. Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: Protect the vulnerable

Issue 1 on November ballot represents skewed values

Subscriber onlyHow much is my 6-year-old granddaughter's life worth? How much is my 39-year-old daughter's life worth? If Arkansas passes the constitutional amendment titled "Issue 1" in November, their worth would be capped arbitrarily at $500,000 each. If either my granddaughter or daughter were injured or killed by another's negligence, no matter how much physical or psychological pain they might endure, the value of their non-economic suffering would be $500,000 or less. Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: Guns as public health issue

Does “well regulated” create opportunities?

Subscriber onlyLast Wednesday we suffered the latest of the school shootings afflicting our country. Again we ask, "What will we do about it?" Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: Expressions of racism

Nation’s immigration laws can reflect ugly attitudes

Subscriber onlyClaudia is a 19-year-old Dean's List student at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. She's lived in Northwest Arkansas since before she was 2. She ran track for her high school -- 400 meters specialty -- and she graduated with honors. She qualifies for a college scholarship, but she is paying out-of-state tuition, approximately doubling her costs. To help pay for her education she works at Target and serves as a certified nursing assistant. Her drive and energy come through in her conversations. Claudia says she learned about hard work from her parents. Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: Jesus or Ayn Rand?

Leaders appear unconcerned about “least of these”

Subscriber onlyIn April 2012, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a series of letters to Congress criticizing the federal budget plan authored by a fellow Catholic, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee. That budget sought to reduce the federal deficit primarily through cuts to many safety net programs that serve the poor and vulnerable seniors. The bishops said the budget proposal failed to meet "moral criteria." Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: Olden days of yore

Jesus’ ancient lessons worthy of new embrace

Subscriber onlyHere we are on the cusp of Christmas. We are near the end of Advent, the season of preparation. Now is the annual Christian remembrance of the coming of Jesus. Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: Abuse destroys trust

Systems often struggle to recognize misdeeds of the powerful

Subscriber onlyOur human relationships function within complex webs of power and dependency grounded in trust. Continue reading...

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