• I find it helpful to be reminded that the person of God’s creating — each of us — is neither young nor old, not in God’s eyes. Perhaps it should not be any different when we see others. When John, James and Peter […]

  • Could Jesus have been resurrected if he had been cremated?  What about Lazarus?  Through faith, we trust that man’s life is eternal, which suggests to me that what we consider as our body may be seen in an […]

  • hope no one would begrudge effective programs to help those in need. Even with no effective program, all of us can help by praying that each member of our community will have exactly what meets their needs. Out of […]

  • Thankfulness for God’s everpresent blessings has little to do with more or less commercialism on Thanksgiving day.  A church service, a few moments of silence or just the name of the day can remind us to be […]

  • Perhaps few things are more important than valuing children.  The founder of the Christian Science church, Mary Baker Eddy, once wrote, “Beloved children, the world has need of you, and more as children than as […]

  • I like to think of God as Life — Life being another name for God. Jesus once said, “the thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might […]

  • For any feeling safer because of their guns or for those afraid of others’ guns, I think of Paul’s advice: “We live as human beings, but do not wage war according to human standards, for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds.” II Cor. 10: [...]

  • Courage and willingness to treasure and magnify the good in the city and to leave behind the racial and other tensions and difficulties.

  • On issues like the fiscal cliff, we are sometimes tempted to think each of us has to figure out the right course for the country and then to argue and lobby for that position.  For those not in a policy-making position, isn’t it perhaps more effective to spend a few moments each day in prayer? [...]

  • Which Memphis-area house of worship do you find most beautiful, spiritual, sacred? And why?

    My favorite church building in Memphis is Idlewild Presbyterian, which has the elegance of a European cathedral. Calvary Episcopal and St. John’s Methodist have appealing sanctuaries. There is nothing in any of these churches to distract from the message.

  • What should we – individually and collectively – be doing differently about hunger issues in our community? One of the central promises of the Bible is that our gracious Father provides everything we need, as He did with the manna in the wilderness, the oil and meal for the widow woman at Zarephath, the coin from [...]

  • What are your views on the fact that Protestants are no longer the majority religion in the U.S.? It seems to me that neither the physical structures or cold creeds are the heart of our places of worship or denominations. Their spiritual structure is important, and I think we should measure progress by the way that [...]

  • What is your favorite verse of holy scripture and why? One favorite passage is Jesus’ statement about the coming of the kingdom: “. . .behold, the kingdom of God is within you” —or as some have translated “in the midst of you.” That promise reminds us that God’s ever-present and tender care is already there to [...]

  • Memphis is the second most generous city in the country, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. According to the publication: “Religion plays a major role in how much money Americans give to charity. The parts of the country that tend to be more religious are also more generous.” Why is this true? [...]

  • What should Memphis City Council do? Are sexual orientation and gender identity an employment issue, a civil rights issue or a faith issue? The word “gender” relates to “origin” or “kind.” “Children of God” comes to mind when thinking of origin and kind — perhaps the best starting point when identifying ourselves and others. Would it [...]

  • What is your reaction to the Freedom from Religion Foundation suing the Memphis City Council? Every church with which I am familiar encourages prayer for the community and the world. Speaking personally, it has seemed to me that those offering prayer before the meetings have tried to make the prayers as inclusive and universal as possible, [...]

  • Alex Wellford wrote a new blog post: Motives matter 2 years ago

    Are you concerned about new voter ID laws? Are we doing enough to prevent fraud and other problems? How can we make voting as accessible as possible while still safeguarding the democratic process? The motives for legislation matter, whether it is to prevent fraud or suppress votes from certain constituents. Even if rightly motivated, does the [...]

  • This week the Faith in Memphis panel reflects on the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo. Many who have gone through wartime are convinced by their experiences that prayer can stop bullets. Those who have been victims have found that forgiveness is a vital part of recovery. News of the countless acts of kindness and concern [...]

  • What accounts for our such low and declining confidence in ‘the church or organized religion’? I think perhaps our branch churches got bound by their customary way of doing things, whether it was dealing with an applicant for membership, conducting a church service, or reviewing reports at a business meeting. I think members are prayerfully…[Read more]

  • The Episcopal Church will now allow priests to conduct services blessing same-sex relationships. The denomination’s House of Bishops approved the policy Monday, and delegates to the national convention approved the measure on Tuesday becoming the largest U.S. religious denomination to approve such a ritual. What’s your response? Is this an…[Read more]

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