In university sociology classes, we studied propaganda methods for manipulating public opinion. The value of studying these techniques was to prepare us not to be misled by bad actors such as the Nazis of previous...

January 4, 2020

Sigmund Freud introduced us to psychological complexes – tenacious ideas that get planted in a person’s psyche.  Several complexes have been identified: the inferiority complex, the persecution complex, and others. The martyr complex, for example, is the idea that all...

November 23, 2019

Thanksgiving may be the only national holiday not tied to a date or event. At school, my grandchildren dressed up in paper pilgrim hats and bonnets or Indian headdresses. The celebration recalled a time when our native and immigrant fore-parents are said to have joined...

June 12, 2019

Aongus, your goat jumped the fence into my ass’s pasture again. You’ve got to do something about it.
 

     Sure, Liam. Tell you what: To be fair, your ass is      welcome to jump into my goat’s pasture any...

Our Bible, written by hundreds of men and women inspired by God over thousands of years, is all about change. Adam and Eve changed the dynamics of Man’s relationship with God. Cain murdered his brother then went out and built a city. Abraham packed up and left the city...

A voice of one calling:

In the wilderness, prepare

the way for the Lord;

make straight in the desert

a highway for our God.

            These words from Isaiah are referenced by Mark to open his account of the coming of Christ (Mark 1:3). The story Mark wants to tell is not...

          Many mainline churches make considerable use of the creeds of ancient Christians. A creed is often stated in worship, and it may be used as a basis for confirmation, i.e. membership. In other churches creeds are not use...

A man left the church I served because, as he said, “I think you are anti-war.” He was right. And it is astonishing that any disciple of Jesus Christ could consider that to be a negative criticism. Isn’t every human being with a head on straight and a heart in the righ...

I think most of us Christians have a lover's quarrel with the church. The freedom to struggle together for enlightenment is, in fact, one of the things we love most about being Christian.

        My quarrel – definitely a lover’s quarrel – has to do with my church’s cla...

Bobby and I were shooting sparrows in the front yard. One of them alit on the rose trellis at our front door. I took aim and shot; the bird flew away; my dad called me into the house.

        “What were you boys shooting at?”

        “We were just shooting...

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    Herschel Moore has taught English in high school and college and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He holds the Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and has done extensive post-graduate work, including an internship in Clinical Pastoral Education and participation in The Summer Programme in Theology at the University of Oxford, The Ecumenical Dialogue with Franciscan Friars at Centro Pro Unioni in Rome, and the Kirkpatrick Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is the author of At Bethany, a collection of sermons and essays published in 2010.

                Herschel and Yolanda have been married since 1972. They have two married children and six grandchildren.

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