The Rapidian


Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Identify the Messiah?

Submitted 03-29-2021 under OPINION

Joseph P. asks, “I was wondering if any other religions (Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, etc.) are anticipating the appearance of a Messiah and, perhaps even more important, what criteria will they use to verify that the individual claiming to be the Messiah really is the Messiah?”


The Next Right Thing: Board Member John Harrington and His Commitment

Submitted 03-25-2021 under NONPROFITS

Board Member John Harrington reflects on his personal recovery journey and what sets Guiding Light's program apart.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is “Election Fraud” God’s Will?

Submitted 03-22-2021 under OPINION

Dan M. asks, “Should Christians just accept the election outcome as God's will and ignore all the evidence of fraudulent voting, or would doing so be irresponsible acquiescence and failure to hold leaders accountable?”


Ethics and Religion Talk: Help! My Husband Wants to Watch Me Have Sex With a Woman!

Submitted 03-15-2021 under OPINION

“Christine” writes: "My husband and I have only been married 7 months and he wants me to have sex with a woman and watch."


Ethics and Religion Talk: Do Animals Have Souls?

Submitted 03-08-2021 under OPINION

Emily S. writes, “Could the group please respond to the idea that animals have souls and some sort of afterlife.”


Mental health disorders and stigma: Crossing the bridge to treatment

Submitted 03-03-2021 under OPINION

Many members of our community live with mental health conditions, but they don't need to live with stigma. City High 10th-grader Rohit Agarwal digs into some common conditions and some of the ways that we can support our friends and family who experience stigma.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is your religion based on Dogma?

Submitted 03-01-2021 under OPINION

Connor writes, “I would appreciate learning what your clergy members think of the word 'Dogma,' and if it describes their religion.”


Guiding Light Secures New Iron House as Demand for Addiction Recovery Program Grows

Submitted 03-01-2021 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light has secured a new Iron House in Kentwood – its sixth sober-living apartment building, in response to increased demand for its addiction recovery services. The Iron House apartments are reserved for men who have finished the Foundations phase of the Recovery program.


Elizabeth Bovard Strong: Bringing philanthropy full circle

Submitted 02-24-2021 under NONPROFITS

Elizabeth Bovard Strong has long been an advocate for others in need – particularly for individuals facing homelessness and addiction. From her first eye-opening experience three decades ago to her service on the board of directors for Guiding Light today, she goes “all in" to make a difference.


Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the different between Happiness and Joy?

Submitted 02-22-2021 under OPINION

Janet H. asks, “The recent column on happiness/unhappiness prompts a further question: Is it happiness humans need, or is it joy?"