Stigma and the Gospel

Social services is my day job.  In social services and health care circles, I hear a lot of talk about reducing stigma.  There are a multitude of issues that bring up the topic of stigma.  The common theme is that society has been judgmental toward a certain condition or behavior; people living with those conditions…

January 1st or the End of the World

I had the following article published in our local paper last month *** If 2022 were a movie, I’d call it 2020: Part 3.  So far, it’s the even worse sequel to 2021, which was the bad sequel to 2020.  We all know why: the pandemic, socio-political unrest, supply chain issues, and (ugh) masks.  “Happy…

Are Ya wi’ Me or agin’ Me?

When Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in His hand.  Joshua approached Him and asked, “Are You for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” He replied. “I have now come as commander of the Lord’s army.” Then Joshua bowed with his face to…

A Demon’s Advice on Prayer

The following is something I posted in 2015.  I was reminded of it when talking with a friend about how we both felt overwhelmed by people’s needs.  This is a particular problem in our age when mass media and social media can make us aware of needs and problems half a world away, things we…

Where Has Goodness Gone?

My pastor, Roger McCune, wrote the following article for the religion column in our local paper. It is a short article, but heartfelt and very timely. In a time when many react to the socio-political climate by fighting fire with fire, Roger approaches it with forgiveness and repentance. This is a message I wish everyone…

Marionettes

Divisiveness has been around as long as people have been fallen.  Nevertheless, different circumstances and stressors make division more pronounced or push us further into it. This past year and a half has been trying for all of us.  COVID, economic instability, and ongoing social unrest can make it challenging to get through the day….

Marx My Words…

About 15 years ago, I found myself wondering why certain political causes flocked together. What connected environmentalism, LGBTQ issues, feminism, racial advocacy, and the like? I concluded these all divided the world into two categories: oppressor and oppressed; victimization was the common link. Men oppressed women, whites oppressed minorities, LGBTQ groups were oppressed by those…