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The Kingdom of God: What Is It?

“Seek first the kingdom,” counseled Jesus, “…and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). When I read these words, I have several questions. 1. What is the Kingdom? 2. Why should the Kingdom be sought? 3. If I were so inclined, where would I seek the Kingdom? 4. What “things shall be […]

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What to Do When a Pet Dies

When a pet dies, what do you do? This post first appeared on my BeliefNet.com blog. Last Wednesday, we said “Good-bye” to our beloved Oscar, a mini-Dachshund, who brought to Pam and me more joy, laughter, and companionship than I can describe here. I have never cried so much in all my life. Will I […]

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Growing Old: How Does Anybody Do It?

The recent public storm over actress Renee Zellweger’s changing facial look is raising the age-old question about growing old: How does anybody do it? You don’t. Growing old does you. That’s the conclusion to which I have come, anyway. Nobody grows old. You just wake up one day and realize you are. Dress up aging […]

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Know God – You Can, You Know

How to Know God Or, Making Room for More…of God Matthew 22:1-14; Philippians 4:1-9 How to know God. I get that question a lot. I’ve asked that question a lot. Jesus once told a parable of a Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). A king prepared a huge party…a wedding party…for his son. When the party was […]

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Religion…Your Right to Freedom From It

Freedom from Religion? Well, that’s part of what it means to live in a Democracy as well. People have the right to no religion, too. They have the right to enjoy freedom from religion. What if you were raised, however, inside a religious tradition that today looks and feels wrong to you? Does freedom from […]

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