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Too much whine

Our modern lives can evoke lack of appreciation

Subscriber onlyI was facing several deadlines late on a Friday afternoon when a colleague sent me a document I needed to process. Just sign it and scan it back, he said. Continue reading...

Commentary: One of ours

Broken immigration system targets young man

Subscriber onlyAll parents worry about their children. Especially when they start to drive. And when they begin to experiment with alcohol. Continue reading...

Commentary: Arkansas Legislature is not blessing for needy

Lawmakers give to rich, take from poor

Subscriber onlyOK, I've got a dog in this hunt. My wife directs our local network of federally qualified health centers for Benton and Washington counties--Community Clinic. Clinics like hers have enjoyed bipartisan support across the nation since their founding 50 years ago. Continue reading...

Legislature fails to get the Word

Legislature’s actions defy biblical teachings

Subscriber onlyJesus tells a parable about an unnamed, comfortable rich man living sumptuously behind the gates of his luxurious home, while his neighbor, a beggar named Lazarus, lay at his gate "longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table." The moral to the story is that God does not approve. Continue reading...

Commentary: Early education key to kids' good start

Early education key to kids’ good start

Subscriber onlyI'm a NASCAR fan. I got interested a few years ago when I made a snide comment about "watching cars go around in a circle." A parishioner gently chided me, "You only say that because you don't know any better. If you'll let me teach you, I'll bet you'll like it." He was right. I loved it. Continue reading...

Commentary: Arkansas bills preserve discrimination

Lawmakers’ efforts embrace unhealthy religion in state

Subscriber onlySegregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever. Continue reading...

Commentary: Certainties create rifts

Practitioners of faiths must reach higher

The world is being torn apart by religious people with militant, aggressive certainties. If we are to find peace, it is religious people who must promote a consciousness of humility and respect in our common spiritual journeys toward ultimate mystery. God is greater than any particular religious system, and God is gracious enough to reveal divine truth in every person, culture and religion. We must learn to live and grow together. Continue reading...

Commentary: Torture Damages U.S. Influence In World

"...after flogging Jesus, [Pilate] handed him over to be crucified. Then the soldiers ... clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. And they began saluting him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. Continue reading...

Commentary: A Thanksgiving Chance To "Love Your Neighbor"

Subscriber onlyA few years ago all of the family went to my sister's house in Virginia for Thanksgiving. Four generations together. I'm particularly fond of my niece Elizabeth. Whenever I hear the verse "Blessed are the pure in heart," I think of Elizabeth. This particular Thanksgiving she was bringing her boyfriend, Gabe. Gabe was a law student at a prestigious school in D.C. and is transgender. Continue reading...

Commentary: Creating Safe Spaces In A Polarized Culture

Subscriber onlyA recent study by the Pew Center finds our nation has become remarkably more polarized. The research says media seem to stimulate and reflect the nation's polarization on either end of the spectrum: the 20 percent most liberal and 20 percent most conservative Americans show no overlap in their media consumption. In terms of news and information, they might as well be living on two different planets. The same news event can be presented to each audience with very different framing and often very different fact sets. Continue reading...

Commentary: Stay Focused On Postive Advocacy By Giving Up Scapegoat

Subscriber onlyPhilosopher René Girard and others have studied how human societies tend to expel our anxieties and frustrations by blaming. Nations, cultures, and groups hold together when they have a common enemy. If we can blame our problems on another, we will feel better. It's called the "scapegoat mechanism." When we feel threatened or insecure, we find a scapegoat who can be blamed for the problem. We attack or expel the scapegoat. We experience relief; we feel order is restored. Then the cycle begins all over again. Continue reading...

Commentary: The Good News? Health Care is Expanding, More Efficient

Subscriber onlyJesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them ... " Continue reading...

Commentary: Letting Friendship Cast Out Fear

Subscriber onlyA couple of things struck me during the recent community conversation about Fayetteville's resolution extending civil rights protection to our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender neighbors. First, many people are not well acquainted with LGBT friends. And, second, visceral feelings are powerful. Continue reading...

Commentary: Unity is Responsibility of Christian Followers

Subscriber onlyFrom a religious point of view, the most tragic, unfaithful thing we can do is to create divisions by regarding our fellow human beings as "others" and therefore failing to treat them with love and compassion. Continue reading...

Commentary: Bible Outlines Method Of Curing Economic Imbalances

God’s Sabbatical, Jubilee Years Are Ways of Restoring the Poor

Subscriber onlyThere is a fundamental orientation in Scripture: God expects us to take care of the poor and to relieve their need. Continue reading...

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