Christmas. It was on the horizon. But in her moment of despair, it seemed impossible to catch even a glimpse of the coming season of wonder.
In a season of joy and love, why think about something as unthinkable as a school or community tragedy? Because having a safe school — and a safe community — is truly the greatest gift of all.
Last Sunday when I preached, instead of reading the Scripture which was from Isaiah 9:6, I played a musical recording of it.
There’s no one else with whom I’d rather partner on a task this big than my wife, Nikki.
Most of us sports fans don’t condone violence. We know that there is going to be a certain amount of violence in such contact sports as football and hockey. But as fans we try to control our emotions.
The percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religious tradition continues to rise annually. Not all of them, however, are atheists or agnostics. Many of these people believe in a higher power.
With time, I’ve come to recognize that I am actually the purveyor of many traditions, and it is during the winter holidays that some of my favorite traditions occur.
We railed against an idea to arm teachers in order to thwart mass shootings in our schools, calling instead for better and safer options. One of them was to increase the police presence on our school campuses.
One of the essential aspects of our Latino ministry was that our congregation had to learn what it would mean to “make room” in our congregation for new people from a different culture, many of whom spoke a different language.
It would be easier to praise Michigan lawmakers for doing the right thing if the bad things they do were not so breathtakingly awful.
Local vinyl record enthusiast Brett Billedeau traveled back more than 40 years and crossed the border to pay tribute to one of the great singer-songwriters of the 1970s.
Two smells always remind me of my Grandpa Smith: pipe tobacco and molasses cookies fresh from the oven. I can’t remember the last time I smelled the sweet scent of pipe tobacco.
On the surface, the proposed dredging of the Grand River from Grand Rapids to Eastmanville sounds like a good idea. How cool would it be to open up the river to big boat traffic through a navigable waterway?
Michigan's resistance to common-sense education reforms has continued to hold back progress in K-12 schools.
The holiday season is underway. For many of us, this is an opportunity to take stock of the year that was and look forward to the year that will be.