Easter Exposes the Idol of “Normal”

Easter Exposes the Idol of “Normal”

One seeming constant since the COVID-19 pandemic started has been a desire to “get back to normal.” Last year, former President Trump wanted us to get back to normal by Easter. Governors of various states have rushed to ease lockdown restrictions so that we can get...
Opportunities from Church Decline

Opportunities from Church Decline

Gallup reported a significant decline in membership at American churches, synagogues, and mosques in 2020. In a little over two decades, membership in faith communities dropped from 70% in 1999 to 47% in 2020. There are numerous reasons for this decline, from the rise...
Why You Should Consider ‘Harvesting Life’

Why You Should Consider ‘Harvesting Life’

“Harvesting life” should be a focal point for us as we age, said retired pastor and bioethicist Bert Keller. “Harvesting a life means remembering, cherishing and telling the stories of one’s lifetime,” Keller explained. “Harvesting means accepting the role of elder in...
Living Free From Stranglehold of Fear

Living Free From Stranglehold of Fear

Fear is often a defining factor of one’s faith. If there’s anything I’ve found to be consistently true over many decades, it is this reality. Often, I quote my friend, Bill Tillman, a fine Christian ethicist, who would say to his students, “Tell me something about...