Commentary

Paying off our nation’s debt is a spiritual issue

And so now, as often happens, we meet at the intersection of religion and politics streets. Representative Paul Ryan’s budget committee of the U.S. House has produced a budget that cuts 5.3 trillion dollars from projected deficits over the next decade, a formidable number that does not erase the whole …

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It’s not gay couples marriage needs protection from

As a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I rejoice in the opportunity now offered by the state of Washington to marry same-sex couples. Not all my siblings in faith agree with me. Invitations crowd my mailbox to pray and act to protect marriage. From what, I wonder? …

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Before politics, Mitt Romney was a Mormon bishop

The Mitt Romney whom many Americans see today is often depicted as wealthy, wooden and out of touch with the working class. To some, he seems gaffe prone, detached, even distant. But that’s not the man Boston Mormons knew in the late 1980s and early ’90s, when many saw him …

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Understanding reverence

One Sunday I was reminiscing about my time in Japan. I really came to love and admire parts of the Japanese culture and their small expressions to each other. I feel like the Japanese people were a good example of reverence. There’s certain things you just don’t do in public …

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