Greg Reynolds

ISSUES OF FAITH: If you hear the call of Jesus, follow him

“PASSING ALONGSIDE THE Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.… Continue reading

 

ISSUES OF FAITH: Do something for your country — pray

“DO SOMETHING! DO something!” Such was the cry of several protesters following the recent mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. They wanted more than… Continue reading

 

ISSUES OF FAITH: Use averted vision to see what’s unseen

ON A WARM summer night, I sometimes enjoy lying on back on my freshly mowed lawn and gazing into the stars. There aren’t many street… Continue reading

 

ISSUES OF FAITH: The Bible should inspire our imaginations

IMAGINATION. CHILDREN USUALLY have very good imaginations. Adults? Not so much. As we grow older, we often become ensnared by observable, comprehendible, explainable facts. Reason… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: The good, bad in our lives is intertwined

I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE to visit Ukraine a few times, and one of the distinctive characteristics of that country is beautiful, intricate embroidery. It can be… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Easter is a day to celebrate

THE FADED BLACK and white photograph is a little older than 60 years. We’re standing in the front yard smiling. My big brother and I… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Are you listening?

I WAS GIVEN a blank piece of paper and a pen. My friend was given a paper with a picture on it that I was… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: I think, therefore ‘i’ am

I RECENTLY READ that English is the only language where “I” is capitalized no matter where it appears in a sentence. A quick search seems… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: It’s time for resolutions to be made

SOMETIMES BEING “CAUGHT in the middle” is an awkward, uncomfortable position. But today, on this particular Friday, we’re in a great position. We’re caught in… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Finding ways to be thankful

THANKSGIVING IS A great holiday. But today is the day after Thanksgiving. Now what? Wait another year until we’re thankful again? Of course not. We… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Remember: What is right isn’t always what is easy

I SEND PEOPLE in my congregation birthday and anniversary cards. Most cards are too feminine, so I make my own. I’m guessing the people who… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: A good word for an anxious heart

I OFTEN HAVE a yellow highlighter in my hand when I read. Sometimes I use it. But sometimes the indwelling Holy Spirit highlights things as… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: When confessing, put the apple down

WHEN I’M READING a book and discover a profound sentence or thought, I mark the page number and a word or two on the front… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Christian faith is diverse but united in Christ

MORE THAN ONCE I’ve heard people criticize Christianity because there are so many different Christian denominations. On the other hand, I’ve never heard anyone criticize… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Remember to be inventive in your encouragement

“AND LET US consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Have faith, for believing isn’t seeing

I DON’T THINK we’ve been fair to him. It was only eight days. Nevertheless, eight days of disbelief, and he’s been given the moniker —… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: What a friend we have in Jesus

IT HAPPENS EVERY year. Prior to Easter, I return to the gospel scenes surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus. And every year I find… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Focus on Jesus – and take heart

LAST YEAR CONTAINED enough catastrophes and crises to produce a lot of angst in this country and around the world. Bombings, shootings, flooding, earthquakes, wildfires,… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: In light of tragedies, how should we respond?

WILDFIRES HAVE RECENTLY ravaged forests and property in the Pacific Northwest, including the Jolly Mountain fire near my hometown of Cle Elum. Hurricane Harvey collided… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: Use your freedom wisely, peacefully, legally

I FIND THE recent mayhem in Charlottesville, Va., abhorrent and grievous. The Declaration of Independence declares: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all… Continue reading