Bruce Bode

ISSUES OF FAITH: The conditions that prevail

I ASSUME WE’RE all familiar with the tendency to blame others and outside circumstances for our failures and problems. Paradoxically, however, there’s also a tendency… Continue reading

 

ISSUES OF FAITH: The surprise of spring

Lynden — I spent most of my life in Michigan. There, the cold of winter quickly gives… Continue reading

 

ISSUES OF FAITH: The Dome of Heaven

Last week I returned from my annual ministerial study break in which I stayed for two weeks in the desert home of friends in Borrego… Continue reading

 

ISSUES OF FAITH: Walk the ground of gratitude

“NOTHING IS GIVEN that is not Taken, and nothing taken That was not first a gift” (Wendell Berry). I’m writing this column in the early… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Joseph Campbell and the origin of ‘trick-or-treat’

IN 1980-82, I had the privilege of organizing lectures for Joseph Campbell, a scholar of the world’s myths who became a public figure the spring… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: How to begin again through forgiveness

WHAT IS NEEDED to make a new beginning? We may be instructed by Judaism’s observance of the New Year, which began two days ago on… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Summer days and the mystery of being

ONE OF OUR greatest modern students of world mythology and religion was Joseph Campbell, the scholar Bill Moyers interviewed in a popular six-part PBS series,… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Simple questions lead the way to knowing one’s self

THESE “LAZY, HAZY, crazy days of summer” provide us with an opportunity to consider our lives from a different perspective. Not the narrowed intensity and… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Calling on Albert Schweitzer and his ‘stand to reason’

DISDAIN FOR SCIENCE, the splitting off of reason from religion, “fake news”! For solace and hope, I turn to the life and thought of Dr.… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Six different meanings of ‘spirit’

“SPIRIT” AND “SPIRITUAL” are slippery words, largely because they are used in so many ways. Here are six different ways we commonly speak of “spirit”… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: The tectonic plates underneath apparent gridlock

is there anything we can do — to shift the gridlock in our society related to seemingly intractable positions? On… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: The mystery of being

namely, to awaken and maintain in an individual a… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: The foundations for our national faith

AS HAPPENSTANCE WOULD have it, my turn in the rotation of writers for these “Issues of Faith” columns falls on the day that our country… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Candles of the heart

THE CHRISTMAS AND holiday season is now upon us in earnest. Will this season of celebration only add to the busyness and swirl of your… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: ‘To open your mind, open your heart first’

“A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together.” (Ecclesiastes 3:5) THOUGH THIS COLUMN is scheduled to appear in the PDN… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: ‘Beyond the divisions, there is a field’

There are some “holy moments” where the wholeness of things is demonstrated and felt, a unity that goes beyond partisanship.

ISSUES OF FAITH: The primary purpose of religion

Religion comes on the scene to bring the part back into a proper relationship with the larger whole.