Christmas. It was on the horizon. But in her moment of despair, it seemed impossible to catch even a glimpse of the coming season of wonder.
In a season of joy and love, why think about something as unthinkable as a school or community tragedy? Because having a safe school — and a safe community — is truly the greatest gift of all.
Last Sunday when I preached, instead of reading the Scripture which was from Isaiah 9:6, I played a musical recording of it.
There’s no one else with whom I’d rather partner on a task this big than my wife, Nikki.
Most of us sports fans don’t condone violence. We know that there is going to be a certain amount of violence in such contact sports as football and hockey. But as fans we try to control our emotions.
The percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religious tradition continues to rise annually. Not all of them, however, are atheists or agnostics. Many of these people believe in a higher power.
With time, I’ve come to recognize that I am actually the purveyor of many traditions, and it is during the winter holidays that some of my favorite traditions occur.
One of the essential aspects of our Latino ministry was that our congregation had to learn what it would mean to “make room” in our congregation for new people from a different culture, many of whom spoke a different language.
Two smells always remind me of my Grandpa Smith: pipe tobacco and molasses cookies fresh from the oven. I can’t remember the last time I smelled the sweet scent of pipe tobacco.
The holiday season is underway. For many of us, this is an opportunity to take stock of the year that was and look forward to the year that will be.
“The Wall” tells the story of Pink, a man who is slowly, through the course of almost the entire album, building a wall around himself. Pink’s wall is one built with bricks fired in the furnaces of human misery.
It seems like we think a lot about family at holiday times like this. At some of our tables this year there were a few missing. It happens every year.
The first hint of winter is here. Snow days are coming. For kids, these are the days that make being a kid pay off. It’s pure freedom.
Conventional wisdom tells us that raking keeps our lawns healthy and tidy. Leaves, we are told, can suffocate our lawns.
2019 marks an important milestone for the Tri-Cities Historical Museum as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of being the museum of the Tri-Cities.