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Ethics and Religion Talk

Ethics and Religion Talk: Does God Listen to Prayer?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-11-2019 under OPINION

Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: “Most fundamental point about faith is, ‘What kind of our belief is about God, His powers and actions.’ My belief in God is that He is...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What if the Worship Leader Dresses Gay?, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-04-2019 under OPINION

Jose writes, “I’m a passionate student of the word. I’ve recently encountered a young man in church who leads worship. His attire and mannerism disconcert me. Those who do not know this young man personally will label him as gay....

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What if the Worship Leader Dresses Gay?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-29-2019 under OPINION

Jose writes, “I’m a passionate student of the word. I’ve recently encountered a young man in church who leads worship. His attire and mannerism disconcert me. Those who do not know this young man personally will label him as gay....

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Help! I Didn't Know About the Potluck!

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-21-2019 under OPINION

We welcome a new Ethics and Religion Talk panelist this week. Chris Curia is a writer and youth director at Fairway Christian Reformed Church. He has authored articles for several online publications, including Sojourners, Relevant, and the Network...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How to Handle Difficult Political Conversations

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-16-2019 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: Personally I think the best way to go about these conversations is to start by articulating your faith...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Money and Politics

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-02-2019 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “What has been come to be known as the caste system in Hinduism has influenced much of the rest of the world to take a dim view of the religion. One...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Leaving a Group or Working for Change?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-25-2019 under OPINION

Laura W. asks: “Where do you draw the line between helping to improve or change a group you are a part of, and leaving the group? For me personally, I would leave an extreme group but wonder about less extreme groups where people hold harmful...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - Elder Sex Before Marriage

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-16-2019 under OPINION

Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: “Having sex before getting married is not matter of being in late fifties or divorcee. It depends upon their faith category, cultural discipline and...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the Secret of Happiness

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-09-2019 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: "Everyone is in search of happiness and many people are looking for it in success, money, power, addiction, sex or indulgence. But none of these can truly satisfy us in...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should We be Abolitionists Today?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-03-2019 under OPINION

[Note: Abolitionists are people who try to dismantle the institutions, such as the criminal justice system, that benefit from modern day slavery.] The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a...

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