The Rapidian


Kent Dobson was bitten by a camel: A conversation with the author

Submitted 11-07-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Kent Dobson climbed Mount Sinai in search of the God who had eluded him. Instead he got bitten by a camel. Dobson writes about his experiences of doubt, and the search for meaningful faith in his new book, Bitten by a Camel: Leaving Church, Finding God.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is companionship enough without sex?

Submitted 11-06-2017 under OPINION

This is more of a Dear Abby type of question than the kind we normally handle, but it came in response to a recent column on a similar topic so I sent it along to the panel. Betty (pseudonym) asks:


Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Manson follower, killer Leslie Van Houten, be freed?

Submitted 10-30-2017 under OPINION

Daniel (pseudonym) writes: Charles Manson and his followers murdered nine people in California in July and August 1969, including actress Sharon Tate.


Author to explore faith, service can help people find vocation, meaning after retirement

Submitted 10-27-2017 under NONPROFITS

Author and pastor, R. Paul Stevens, will explore how faith and spirituality can help people find vocation and meaning after retirement. His presentation, “Aging Matters,” will take place on Monday, Nov. 13 at 2:00 p.m., at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes


Grand Rapids Public Library to celebrate Día de los Muertos

Submitted 10-25-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Día de los Muertos: A Community Exhibit Honoring Day of the Dead, will be on display at the Grand Rapids Public Library’s downtown Main Branch October 28-November 1.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Religious transformation

Submitted 10-23-2017 under OPINION

Readers of Ethics and Religion Talk might remember a column from the summer of 2016 in which I wrote about a man who sent me a 64 page essay in the mail, arguing that Jews are the most spiritually disgusting people ever to walk the face of the earth ...


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is stealing signs in baseball unethical?

Submitted 10-16-2017 under OPINION

A baseball ethics question: Is it morally wrong for a team to steal the other team's signs?


Ethics and Religion Talk: Should congregations welcome sexual offenders?

Submitted 10-09-2017 under OPINION

How would your congregation receive sex-offenders as participants in worship and other activities?


Ethics and Religion Talk: What to do after a miscarriage? (Part 2)

Submitted 10-02-2017 under OPINION

Last week, I printed three responses to the question on miscarriage. This week, I have two more responses to this tragic, but all too common, situation.


Ethics and Religion Talk: What to do after a miscarriage? (Part 1)

Submitted 09-25-2017 under OPINION

Two days ago, my wife, who was 17 weeks pregnant, learned through a routine exam that our unborn baby had died. We also learned that she still needs to endure the process of labor and delivery.