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We were at a community festival. With a few minutes of free time. Spontaneity hit and we started yammering. “I’ve lost a lot of friends the past few years,” he soon said, matter-of-factly. I nodded. And, our conversation about politics […]

The following numbers frighten more than horror movies: Helpguide.org reports that “Roughly 50 percent of individuals with severe mental disorders are affected by substance abuse. [And] 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers also have at […]

Respect for thoughtfulness grew as I listened to Dr. Terrlyn Curry Avery* speak at Hartford Seminary last month. Wounded by Religion, was her subject of conversation, and converse she did as she questions and remarks were fielded from our audience. […]

If you’ve escaped a toxic relationship, keep moving forward. If you got a better job, keep at it. If you joined a better church, stay worshipful at it. If you miss the friends you’ve outgrown, make new friends. Don’t fraternize […]

First read in Farm Show magazine May 2018: Written by Anonymous The other day, a friend at a store in our town read that a methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse not far away and he asked […]

I know it’s hard to find time to read, but if you do make time, here are two books that have ramped up my appreciation for writer’s who put into words what’s in my head. I don’t think the authors […]

It’s hard to believe God created everything for us human beings, on an earth which is but a speck of dust in the universe. The above sentence is what I heard from New York University Professor of Philosophy Tim Maudlin […]

I often hear about how people in the West “feel entitled,” and that the entitlement distorts our priorities. I just might agree with this analysis. I am a Baby Boomer, who has strong ties to members of the Greatest Generation, […]

More than 30,000 Christian denominations exist worldwide, according to the World Christian Encyclopedia. Thirty thousand. That’s an enormous number. A 2018 Barna Research study reports that, “Churches of all stripes practice their own flavor of ministry in cities across the […]

First printed in Times Union February 24, 2018 While not excusing sexual misconduct in the name of religion, I dare say religion arms me in the fight against it, even when changes come slowly. I welcome new policies targeting sexual […]