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LOWELL GRISHAM: In the midst of accusation

Kavanaugh, Ford and the processing of disputed claims

Subscriber onlySome years ago I was called as the senior pastor to a church that had experienced multiple instances of clergy sexual misconduct. Whenever clergy violate their sexual boundaries it has a profound effect, not unlike incest in a family. Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: A nation needs its prophets

Biblical response to shortcomings in ample supply

Subscriber onlyIn the Bible, whenever autocratic or immoral leaders arise, God raises up prophets to speak truth to power. I find that comforting right now. Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: The rich get richer

State tax ‘reform’ harmful to most vulnerable

Subscriber only"One day in the Jerusalem Temple, Jesus' disciples watched as many rich people put large sums into the treasury. Jesus directed his disciples' attention to a poor widow. She put her offering into the treasury: two small copper coins worth about a penny. Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: Nothing to fear

Immigrants are no threat to a hopeful America

Subscriber onlyWe may be going through one of those moments that will cause us lasting shame. Years from now we will look back and wonder, "What were they thinking?" Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: Love and identity

Self-centeredness, fear a barrier to connecting with God

Subscriber onlySometimes it is healthy to review your fundamentals. Who am I? What are my core values? How does that relate to everything else? Continue reading...

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...

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