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

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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A Streetcar Named Desire Is Still Sharp Enough To Cut Bone

Submitted 01-21-2020 under OPINION

"I want things. That's my job. I even want the things I already have. I want everything you have. I want the things that don't exist. That's why I'm the Devil." -Kelly Link, "Lull" 1947 saw the premiere of...

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

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?"

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?

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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Happy New Year from The Rapidian

Submitted 01-03-2020 under OPINION

There’s a common theme resonating across the country: Local news coverage is vital for an informed and educated community. And there’s a common worry: Local news is an endangered species. An October 19, 2019 New York Times article...

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

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

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?

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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The Nutcracker remains an entrancing tradition

Submitted 12-16-2019 under OPINION

Over time, traditions can start to feel eternal. It happened with The Nutcracker: today the play is no less associated with Christmas than the Bethlehem Star, but that wasn't always the case. The ballet, which based its story on "The...

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