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...

March 26, 2019

Some people are on edge about what might lie beyond the edge. Marriage has reached the edge of its definition. Will the institution of marriage collapse now that it is opened to more people? And where is the edge of generosity? Many fear the rich will lose too much if...

February 23, 2019

Is there hope of finding refuge?

Has no ark as yet been built

To save us from the coming deluge?

A shield to break the blade at hilt?

Will rains allay the conflagration

Lest it char our cherished town?

Must we lose our noble nation

To careless follies of our own?

Is there not...

November 5, 2018

It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with His guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household. It has also pleas...

October 28, 2018


          There seems to be something in human nature that makes us want to think of ourselves as powerful and independent, self-made.  Nations, like ball clubs, like to take mascots that represent power and independence: lions, tigers, and...

October 17, 2018

A butterfly  

Yellow with thin black veins against the cemetery green

Bounces in the breeze.

The dancing distraction lifts the mourning weight 

Of scarves and long coats and bowed heads.

And one finds one’s self delighted without thinking  

Until the wing alights for on...

October 14, 2018

Out on a night of thunder, thunder

Under a sky that strives for day

Gallops a stallion and rider

Racing the light on Lightning Bay.

What is the news he bears so urgent

Surge of tide dares not delay?

What comes upon us? What intent?

On sea or under? None can say.

Above, dark cu...

August 12, 2018

     You may have heard an opinion expressed or seen a news report and said to yourself, "I bet there is more to it than that." Such is the instinct I try to follow. There is almost always more to a matter than first meets the eye. 

     Take the hungry p...

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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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