Bible

My burden is light: when realization is a heavy load

Christianity gets bad PR from our so-called “very own.” The label “Christian” doesn’t automatically make one Christ-like. You’re not a financial expert just because you play Sudoku numbers.   Many outsiders stereotype Christianity as inflexible, judgmental, harsh, exclusive, and self-righteous. In one sense, they are right. Christianity has been hijacked to a public and perverse […]

Diver Ed O’Brien: stewardship of the oceans

(The Alvin carried aboard The Atlantis at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, photo taken by Suzette Standring) We toured the Atlantis and the Neil Armstrong, research vehicle ships, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (www.whoi.edu) in Massachusetts. The men and women who work  toward the health of our oceans reminded me of Psalm 107: 23-24 inscribed […]

Lost her job, then a new calling

(Photo of Winsome Myers taken by Suzette Standring) After almost 16 years working for a hospital, Winsome Myers lost her job.  So close to retirement at age 60, financial fears loomed before her.  “If it wasn’t for my faith, I’d be a mess.  I’d be crying all the time,” she said.  Instead, faith gave her […]

Easter: Jesus appears first to a woman

[Painting, “Mary Magdalene at the Crucifixion” by Francesco Hayez] For Christians, Easter is a miraculous promise of love kept, because Jesus resurrected, as foretold, three days after his undeniable death by crucifixion.  Yet, as if coming back to life isn’t enough, here’s an added kicker for me. Jesus chose to appear first to a woman. […]

The Value of Doubt: why unanswered questions, not unquestioned answers, build faith

Doubt.  It’s a key ingredient to faith.  If you don’t question, you don’t care.  A new book helped me to examine what I believe and why.  The Value of Doubt: why unanswered questions, not unquestioned answers, build faith, is written by Bill Tammeus, a veteran journalist and award-winning religion writer. (Skylight Paths Publishing, September 2016, […]