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Lowell Grisham: Post-election conversations

Many are asking: Where do we go from here?

Subscriber onlySo many people have initiated conversations with me since the election. Pastors are listeners. A safe ear. Several have spoken about how traumatized they feel. Continue reading...

Lowell Grisham: Organization a friend to the homeless

Organization gives people chance to begin recovery of lives

Subscriber onlySo many people live paycheck to paycheck. But what happens if there is a serious illness? Or a job loss? A spouse leaves or becomes abusive. If you don't have a social safety net -- family or generous friends to take you in -- you may become like almost 2,500 of our Northwest Arkansas neighbors: homeless. Continue reading...

Lowell Grisham: Bible-based exclusions?

Scriptures have served as basis for misplaced biases

Subscriber only"Do not call anything impure that God has made clean." Continue reading...

Lowell Grisham: Loving our enemies

Divisions do little to heal, much to harm

Subscriber onlyI can remember a time in college when I thought three stickers on my car would tell people most of what they needed to know about me: a decal for my school, my fraternity and my church. Those were my tribes and my primary forms of identity. They were all good tribes, good relationships. They helped make me who I am. But I don't think of myself that way anymore. Continue reading...

Lowell Grisham: Welcome the strangers

U.S. system to blame for illegal immigration

Subscriber onlyI am a lawbreaker. One of those illegals. Last week I drove to Little Rock. As I left Fayetteville, I set my cruise control to 75 in a 70-mph zone. About half the other cars passed me. Continue reading...

Lowell Grisham: Stop flying that flag

Rally organizers should discourage Confederate display

Subscriber onlyI am a son of the South. A fifth-generation Mississippian. My ancestors fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. I grew up in a town where we honor our Confederate soldiers with two statues and a famous stained-glass window. I grew up with the old Confederate soldier Col. Rebel as the mascot for my high school and my college athletic teams. Continue reading...

LOWELL GRISHAM: Get off the roller coaster

Emotions felt by all, but they don’t have to rule

Subscriber onlyThe word "emotion" comes from the Latin for movement, agitation, stirring up. Like what happens in your guts when they are stirred up, agitated and moving. The body holds emotions; the body preserves the history of our emotional woundings. Our most primitive emotions dwell in our body like chemical deposits ready to erupt with instant urgency. Emotions are so raw and deep, they feel like truth. Like truth demanding a response. Continue reading...

Commentary: The good in mankind

Life isn’t, or shouldn’t be, about transactions

Subscriber onlyOne of my favorite writers is conservative columnist David Brooks. Last Friday he opened his column in the New York Times this way: Continue reading...

Commentary: Seek to understand

Complex issues call for calm evaluatoin, listening

Subscriber onlyLast Sunday we read the story in Luke's Gospel of Jesus' encounter with a madman. Continue reading...

Commentary: Love thy transgender neighbor

Discrimination puts people on ‘wrong side of history’

Subscriber onlyRestrooms again! Continue reading...

Commentary: Will grace triumph?

Trump’s lies unlike message of Jesus

Subscriber onlyJust over a week ago, conservative columnist David Brooks wrote that "this is a Joe McCarthy moment. People will be judged by where they stood at this time. Those who walked with [Donald] Trump will be tainted forever after for the degradation of standards and the general election slaughter." Continue reading...

Commentary: Opening their eyes

Arkansans need two senators to see the light

Subscriber onlyI serve a church named for one of our great Christian apostles, Paul of Tarsus. But Paul began as a violent anti-Christian religious extremist. From the perspective of the small Christian community at that time, Paul was a religious terrorist. He took part in the mob murder of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Sometime afterward he was commissioned to travel to Damascus to seize people from the Jesus movement and to bring them back to face religious persecution. Paul was certain that what he was doing was divinely sanctioned. He is not unlike many violent religious extremists of our own day. Continue reading...

Commentary: The 'bad news' nine

Despite popularity of specifics, Private Option’s future threatened

Subscriber onlyI've got good news and I've got bad news. Continue reading...

Commentary: In the beginning

Troubled adults’ behaviors influenced by what they’ve witnessed

Subscriber onlyIt has been an enlightening experience for me to become engaged in our church's prison ministry and to hear the stories of many of the people there. I've learned so much about what happens to the human brain and body when we experience early childhood trauma. Continue reading...

Commentary: Freedom for all

Founders reject an assurance of a Christian government

Subscriber onlyI was troubled by a recent poll indicating that many Americans do not support the protection of religious liberties for all. Asked if religious liberty protections are important for Christians, 82 percent responded affirmatively. But when asked about religious protections for Muslims, only 61% said "yes." Preserving religious freedom for Jews was important only to about 70 percent, for Mormons 67 percent, and for people of no religion, the importance of their freedoms were judged no better than Muslims'. Continue reading...

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