• “At times, life is hard, as hard as crucible steel … But through it all, God walks with us. Never forget that God is able to lift you from fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope, and transform dark and […]

  • I was pleased with the vote at city council. One of the under-reported impact stories is the continuation of RBI–Return Baseball to the Inner City. Idlewild Presbyterian Church has been involved with this from […]

  • The premise is wrong. The fact is, we do not put our trust in God. Rather, we place our trust in mammon, in Caesar, in guns, and in ourselves.  If we were true to our motto and put our trust in God, we would see […]

  • I’ll never forget the impression Nelson Mandela made on my then- 8-year-old daughter when we heard him speak upon receiving the civil rights award for peace 11 years ago. She still remembers not only what he said, […]

  • Our family was a singing family, so every Christmas morning, after we opened the presents and had breakfast, we would go downtown to the hospital in Richmond and sing Christmas carols to the patients who could not […]

  • Thanksgiving has always been my favorite of all the holidays precisely because it has been virtually free from the crass commercialization of so many other holidays, allowing us to focus on food, family, friends, […]

  • Some things are clear and unequivocal. Nurture and care of our children is one of those. The prophet Isaiah, in tomorrow’s lectionary reading for many of us, has God rejoicing because “they shall not labor in […]

  • Suicide is the ultimate tragedy, when a beloved child of God, no matter the age or circumstance, is unable to claim that inheritance as one of God’s beloved and is unable to envision the future that God has given […]

  • At the birth of Jesus, there was much weeping in the land because of the death of innocent children. Matthew quotes Jeremiah “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children. And she will not be comforted, because they are no more.” Although this week I can only manage [...]

  • Which Memphis-area house of worship do you find most beautiful, spiritual, sacred? And why? Because I can not vote for the sanctuary of the church I serve (you gotta come see it!), I have found Temple Israel’s sanctuary to be absolutely stunning in both its aesthetic beauty but also its rich biblical symbolism. The entrance is [...]

  • What should we – individually and collectively – be doing differently about hunger issues in our community? As one of those who attended the “Taste of Hunger,” I found part of it incredibly inspiring. Between the work of MIFA and the Food Bank, as well as new creative ways to address hunger with “Grow Memphis” and [...]

  • If you were addressing the nation on Wednesday, Nov. 7, the DAY AFTER the election, what would you say? What advice would you offer to your fellow Americans about the next four years? If I were to address the nation on the day following Tuesday’s election, I would say “Now is the time to put aside [...]

  • How do you define dying well? My mother died a good death several years ago. Good because we had talked clearly about the fact that she did not want any heroic measures to prolong the inevitable. Good because her faith community surrounded her with care in ways that were nothing short of miraculous. Good because her [...]

  • What are your views on the fact that Protestants are no longer the majority religion in the U.S.? The fact that Protestants are no longer in the majority, or that there are no Protestants on the Supreme Court does not faze me in the least. As a matter of fact, there have been times when Protestants [...]

  • Steve Montgomery wrote a new blog post: Do not fear 2 years ago

    What is your favorite verse of holy scripture and why? “Do not be afraid,” are words repeated again and again in scriptures, and to me they represent the essence of the Gospel. Throughout both testaments we are reminded not to fear, even in the valley of death (Psalm 23);  or when enemies have destroyed your home [...]

  • What should Memphis City Council do? Are sexual orientation and gender identity an employment issue, a civil rights issue or a faith issue? Let us be clear about what this ordinance is and what it is not. It is not an endorsement of same-sex marriage. It does not threaten anyone’s religious freedom. What it does is [...]

  • What are your views of the food-stamp program and the proposed cuts to it? Our nation is living in sin. Nothing in all of scripture is more clear and unequivocal than caring for the poor in our midst, and when our legislators — many of whom are Christian! — begin to cut benefits to the poor [...]

  • 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 new voter registration laws popping up around the country are nothing but a 21st century version of a poll tax designed to [...]

  • What accounts for our such low and declining confidence in ‘the church or organized religion’? I am not surprised at all. Annie Dillard once wrote, “What a tragedy that so close on the heels of Christ come the Christians!” As we look around today we find churches fighting over who gets in and who stays out; [...]

  • Lack of good jobs in Memphis is more than an economic problem, says Dr. Chris Scruggs of Advent Presbyterian Church. “It’s also a spiritual problem. If we do not create an environment in which people can find good jobs, we deprive our children of the opportunity to use their unique God-given talents, gifts and abilities. We [...]

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