So many of us are praying for our neighbors and our community. This has been Ketchikan’s most difficult time so far with the virus. The year 2020 has been about loss — individual and collective loss.

If I had to summarize the sum total of all the theology I’ve lived and learned over the course of 60+ years, I would use two simple words: Right Living. That’s it, short, sweet and simple. Easy to understand for every age.

Romans 12:8 “if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

There are a lot of angry voices in the world. In the news, in politics, social media - you hear them everywhere. Many of these voices claim to be followers of Jesus. It can be so confusing.

Much is being said this month about voting and the importance of making our voices heard. As a youngster, I was taught that it was our civic duty to elect people to represent us.

No doubt you’ve read several such lists on the internet where authors highlight key reflections they’ve discovered as a result of the interruptions from the COVID-19. “What the pandemic has taught me about life, society, business and so forth...”

Restrictions on traveling can wear a person out. I just returned from a weeklong journey to New York City and back. Not many travelers on the plane, but lots at the airports. Seems like folks want or need to get moving again.

A story is told of a mother who brought her son into church one Sunday. The boy stood on the pew and the mother asked the little boy to sit down.

One of my most vivid memories of my undergraduate experience at Georgetown University involves two events that took place during my freshman year, in 1969 and 1970. I was 17 or 18 years old, and each time I was walking near the campus in the course of my daily routine. From my appearance, on…

If you watch the news, listen to your friends (or former friends!), wander around Facebook, or any social media, something is bound to give you an opportunity to be angry. Seems as if our entire social environment is purposely feeding people’s anger, flaming it into a bonfire of rage. It doe…

As I listen to the news day after day, I find it easy to get discouraged as many of the current problems of our time seem too overwhelming. I won’t begin to make a list here because we all have our own. Counter to this, I was surprisingly encouraged at a meeting this last week when the facil…

Jesus once told a parable, a story that teaches us about the purpose of life. It went something like this:

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all these things are from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reco…

It is traditional for the citizens of the United States to celebrate July 4th as the day on which the final draft of our Declaration of Independence from Britain was ratified and signed by the 56 representatives of the 13 colonies. This became our independence day, a day of freedom, a day to…

In Hebrews the writer admonishes Christians to live righteous lives. Throughout the 12th chapter, he talks about the discipline of the Lord and how without that discipline we will not see the Lord. This discipline guides to see the way that God sees us and those around us.

Just four short months ago, most of the world had never heard of the coronavirus, since referred to as COVID-19. The world at that time had a certain rhythm of its own, and people were well accustomed to their routines and habits of daily life. Spring was in the air, just beginning to unwrap…

Tragedy. How often have we seen and experienced tragedy or have heard of it in others’ lives? In every tragedy there is a sense of wrongness. It has the flavor of something that should never have happened. Yet it does happen.

There is a common thread among the conversations of women: Whatever is accomplished one day will have to be done again tomorrow. Regular chores like housekeeping, diapering, cooking and laundry can seem overwhelming. It seems pointless to do the same thing day after day, knowing it will be a…

In Proverbs 28:27 it is written, “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.”

There is a real difference between faith and presumption. But if it was really easy to tell the difference, a lot fewer people would make the common mistake of thinking that they are acting by faith when instead they are acting in presumption.

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Easter Sunday is this weekend, and local churches have adapted their services in response to coronavirus concerns and limitations, including a recent health alert from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Christians around the world are set to celebrate Easter 2020 under unprecedented circumstances: at home, hunkered down, some alone, some with their families, possibly watching a live-stream church service. Social beings meant to live in communities having to distance themselves from loved on…

Living in these days of COVID-19 are challenging for people around the globe. While the numbers are low here in Ketchikan for now, the possibility of a widespread infection remains high — at least for the immediate future. As I've put on my biblical hat and listened to my heart, I was drawn …

“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, you can make me clean.’ Then, Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matthew 8:2-3

People have been paying attention to first impressions for years. More recently the general counsel of society is to reserve judgment so as to not put the other person in a box. Nevertheless, it’s hard to not want to make a good impression when interviewing for a job or meeting someone impor…

I have a friend that is emotionally invested in the Seattle Seahawks, a football team that plays in the National Football League. If you want to see someone full of joy, you need to see this guy when the Seahawks have a great play or win a game. Arms raised in triumph, dancing a jig, and sho…

Some readers may not be familiar with the Season of Lent, but they have heard of some of its rituals or traditions. It is known as the time of repentance and reconciliation, prayer and fasting. Lent begins next week with Ash Wednesday, lasts six weeks and ends just before Easter.

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” Matthew 12: 34-35 (King James Version)

“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowle…

In the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean,” we learn that seafaring pirates had codes of conduct. This has always fascinated me because bad guys (pirates) are supposed to behave differently from good guys, which is what distinguishes the bad from the good. Those who keep the rules of society ar…

John the Baptist was an interesting character. We’re told he wore a cloak of camels hair, he lived out in the wilderness & that he ate wild honey and locusts. In the beginning of Matthew’s gospel, we read that people from the cities — Jerusalem, all Judea, and from all the region along t…

Psalm 145 is a Praise Psalm that begins with these words: “I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. One generation s…

What is forgiveness? On what basis does God forgive us? On what basis do we forgive others? How do we know if we are forgiven? And how do we know if we have forgiven someone? This will be a two-part article.

For many of us here on the island, our love must travel long distances. I live 3,000 miles away from my mother, yet I can feel her with me. I know that who I am and the work that I do come from the places in her heart.

When Jesus turned the water into wine, it was called the first of his miraculous signs. A sign is meant to communicate something to us. We look for signs to tell us many things, like what kind of store is in a building, the name of a street, or directions to a ferry. Jesus turned water into …