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Ethics and Religion Talk: Church and Politics

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-18-2021 under OPINION

Note from Rabbi Krishef: The Rev. Steven Manskar, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, wrote the following essay prior to last November’s election day, reflecting on a Christian’s responsibility to vote. We’re...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is it a Contradiction to be both Pro-Life and Pro-Gun?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-11-2021 under OPINION

Father Michael Nasser, who writes from an Eastern Christian perspective and is Pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church, responds: “If the ‘pro-gun’ sign was placed to show support for policies which encourage the baseless...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Prevent Clergy Burnout?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-04-2021 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: “I’ve experienced what I’d call clergy fatigue but not complete burnout. Yes, exhaustion, depression, depletion of spiritual reserves is common...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Do So Many People Seem Unhappy?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-28-2020 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “Presbyterianism teaches that everyone who sins against God’s law ‘is bound over to the wrath of God, and curse of the law, and so...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Do So Many People Need to Believe in Hell?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-21-2020 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “Unitarian Universalists, as a general rule do not need to confirm the existence of heaven or hell....

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Ethics and Religion Talk - Misperceptions

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-14-2020 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “Indeed, there are. Quite a few. I’ll share the ones I see as most common.  “Hinduism is often simplistically dismissed as being...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - Defund Police

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-07-2020 under OPINION

The Rev. Steven Manskar, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, responds: “To protect all persons from encroachment upon their personal and property rights, governments have established mechanisms of law enforcement and...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - Father's Responsibility

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-30-2020 under OPINION

Janet asks, “I see many faith-based groups focus on restricting abortions and addressing the women in the cases of unwanted pregnancies. But I see none of these groups addressing the problem of men not taking responsibility -- and not...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - Exposé on Adultery

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-23-2020 under OPINION

From Harry, in Sydney, Australia (we have readers around the world!): “A good friend who is also a talented and award winning journalist has, in an article, exposed the extra marital affairs of a politician. This person cheated on his wife (...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - What is the Meaning of My Soul, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-16-2020 under OPINION

Note: This is part two of a two part look at how traditions represented by the Ethics and Religion Talk panel understand at the soul. Read part one. Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Diocese of...

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