ethics

Ethics and Religion Talk: How Does Conversion Work?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-18-2020 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “Presbyterianism holds that the church is a ‘voluntary society.’ No one may be compelled to join it, and no one should be...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Can You Define Interfaith Dialogue?, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-10-2020 under OPINION

A reader of Ethics and Religion Talk asks, “What does it look like to engage in multi- or interfaith dialogue?” Several weeks ago we shared a presented three panelists’ answers to this question. This week, we conclude with four...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Weren't We Created Perfect?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-03-2020 under OPINION

Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: “God made [the human being] the best from all creation, perfect with best of the physique and bestowed him with positive and negative...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What Advice Do People Ask You For?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-27-2020 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: “Underneath every problem that people seek advice for, is the question: Am I okay and am I accepted? I love my job! I get to tell people the good news that yes, they are...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Can You Define Interfaith Dialogue?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-21-2020 under OPINION

A reader of Ethics and Religion Talk asks, “What does it look like to engage in multi- or interfaith dialogue?” [Note from Rabbi Krishef: We are fortunate to have the Kaufman Interfaith Institute housed at Grand Valley State University,...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Can a Christian engage in "Swinging?"

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-13-2020 under OPINION

Lately, Ethics and Religion Talk has received a number of questions about sexual practices. Bring it on! We’ll tackle the most difficult of questions! Contact us as [email protected] JM writes, “I’m married to a man...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Can a Pastor Have the Time to be a Good Preacher?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-06-2020 under OPINION

Rev. Ray asks, “In my last years as a pastor, I was driven to distraction by all the demands of the job. I felt pushed along from duty to duty, meeting to meeting, visit to visit, etc. I felt my work as a preacher was far below the standard I...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What to Do if There is an Allegation of Abuse in the Congregation?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-02-2020 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “For Presbyterian and Reformed Christians, the first resource to consult is the written Word of God.  There are ‘general rules of...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Preventing Abuse in our Religious Institutions

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-27-2019 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “Many religious institutions have proactively instituted such programs. They include encouraging an atmosphere of transparency, rules regarding one-on...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do I Keep Focused?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-16-2019 under OPINION

 RL asks the panel to respond to this article - https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20190715-how-to-escape-the-hyperactive-hivemind-of-modern-work. An excerpt: “The constant ping of messages that keep us plugged into work chatter might...

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