COLUMN: A phrase in Lord’s Prayer reads, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. When I was a child I pictured the kingdom as Heaven. It seemed to be the ideal place for it. But now I think the kingdom is not a place so much as a goal to meet each day here on earth. We are living in the kingdom. This is it.
RELIGION COLUMN: Faith in the Bible’s account of creation certainly helps to answer questions about our beginnings.
RELIGION COLUMN: Whatever the situation, we can turn down the drama, wear a mask and find something positive to do, even if it is just an encouraging word or brief prayer.
COLUMN: There may have been times we quit, only to find out later that if we had stayed the course and endured, blessing and joy was only moments away.
COLUMN: The pandemic that has shaped our lives for the better part of a year is simultaneously on the brink of spinning out of control and being reigned in.
COLUMN: Our history is proof that people find justice hard to reach.
COLUMN: Another problem: Eating, drinking, and sex are things we typically associate with the ordinariness of life. It’s hard to see them as signs of such a cataclysmic event as the Second Coming. We are used to putting that in the context of war, earthquakes and lightning flashing from east to west.
COLUMN: I asked my team of dear readers to opine on the question of reincarnation. Do you believe that we are born again, or is it once and done?