“Epiphany Sunday” is observed on January 7. It remembers the arrival of the “Magi” in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1-12).

Church historian Kenneth Scott Latourette said whenever there was a true revival among God’s people, inevitably there was also a new hymnody

In full support of the Church, the Pope and Archbishop Albrecht, an Augustinian monk by the name of Martin Luther posted his “95 Theses” against the sale of Indulgences and other abuses on the door of the Wittenberg church on October 31, 1517.

“Ambition for national moral renewal strikes a chord in many modern democracies, where it is easy to change politicians but much harder to change the political culture.

“No provision in our constitution ought to be dearer to man, than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.” –

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

A very important part of Reformation teaching is on the Will of God. What does God command? What does God forbid?

West is a self-described “radical democrat” who supported Bernie Sanders. George is a prominent conservative intellectual.

“You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.”

“Ashes represent sorrow, remorse and repentance. Ashes look forward to God’s promise of forgiveness and blessing.

Good Government: “…a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another,

The beginning of each new year is a great time to think about REFORMATION. 2017—this new year—will be unlike any other on that topic.

“Let’s recap this wonderful country of ours! They say this election made history (in fact, they’re right). Yet let’s do some inventory into history ourselves—back to as early as the ones who made our nation even possible.

“I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope

Dodger Baseball’s legendary announcer Vin Scully, 88,
will sign off for the last time in a few days,
after 67 seasons as “The Voice of the Dodgers.”

Congratulations to Olympic Gold Medalist Rachel Fattal!
Scriptures that Shaped Our Culture
Religious Liberty: California’s Senate Bill 1146 has been soften but still ought to be defeated

Celebrating 240 Years of Liberty
Religious Liberty: California’s Senate Bill 1146 should be defeated
Did Our Founding Fathers Intend to Favor Christianity?
What Did Thomas Jefferson Omit from His Tombstone?
Civility in Today’s Toxic Political Climate
The Mass Killing in Orlando

Must We Cleanse Our History of Religion? (Los Angeles County Seal)
When Good Comes from Evil (Joseph and his brothers-Genesis 50)

Tribute to Tom Hennessy
Care and Concern for the Dying
Pentecost Sunday-Remember and Pray

What Do Christianity and Islam Teach about Jesus?
Learn from Jesus the Lessons of Palm Sunday
Religious Liberty Vigilance–Vetoed Bill on Religious Liberty in Georgia

The Death of Antonin Scalia-a time to lay off politics
Quiz Time! Match the Candidate to the Comment
In Thankful Memory of John Heideman
A Renewed Paradigm for Worship
Homily for Antonin Scalia-opening words by Paul Scalia

Wise Words from an Iconic Political Liberal (George McGovern)
Proclamation for Religious Freedom Day
The Virginia Statute for Religious Liberty (with comments)
Spiritual Freedom-The Most Important Freedom of All

3 “R’s” for Better Church Life in the New Year
Incarnational Pastoral Leadership
Serving God by Bringing Water to the People

Evil in the Christmas Story
Good in the Christmas Story
Song in the Christmas Story
Tribute to Officer Garrett Swazey, Colorado Springs

“God’s Saving Grace and God’s Common Grace” (recent article)
Ohio is Football Country–a semi-humorous incident
Good Government-Don’t Be Cynical (a recent miscommunication from my congressman)

The original “Saint Francis” and his great hymn on God’s creation
Scripture gives light on these “Heaven and back” experiences
Recent thoughts on County Clerk Kim Davis-her stance on same-sex marriage; her religion

An unexpected great experience while visiting Ellis Island at The Statue of Liberty
Should our faith be in science, or do we need something else? How one invention serves God and people.
Test your Bible knowledge! Can you name the prophet who spoke profound words?
Message of the Month: “A Bad King, A Bold Prophet, and A Prime Piece of Property”

Two Great Commemorations: The Magna Carta (800th Anniversary), The Declaration of Independence
After the Killings in Charleston SC – Should We Forgive?
Church on the Move – What One Indiana Congregation Did in Iraq
US Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage – Two Initial Responses

Religious Liberty Vigilance – My Apache Friend, Eagle Feathers and the Federal Government
America’s Great Need: Responsible Fathers
Bible Insight – Key Texts on the Death Penalty

What Happened in Indiana? Religious Freedom Needed, and More Civility Too
Bible Insight – God’s Providential Care

Easter Message: Suffering and Hope
Bible Insight: “Forgive us our sins”
Religious Liberty Vigilance: Threat to San Francisco Archdiocese’s Religious Freedom

Religious Liberty Vigilance: Atlanta Fire Chief Terminated over Religious Views on Sexual Behavior
Seven Principles to help you understand The Ten Commandments
Tribute to Pro-life Leader Dr. John Willke

Thoughts on the Ethics of Abortion 42 Years after Roe v Wade
Bible Insight: Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but Words Can REALLY Hurt Me!
What Our President Should Tell Raul Castro

Louis Zamperini–The Rest of the Story
Resolution–A New Paradigm for Worship
(It’s time to “change” and “restore”)
Death in Ferguson and New York City (lessons)

The Bible’s First Christmas Story
(about an old man)
Reflections on Religion in Europe (noted from November cruise on the Danube)

For Better Government–Eight Qualities to Look for in a Government Official
Religious Liberty Vigilance: “Houston! We Have a Problem!”
Don’t Narrow the Word “Immoral” When Setting Leadership Standards!
Responsible Government Fiscal Policies–A Resolution

“Beatitudes for Educators”
A “Free Society” or a “Correct Society”–Which do we want?
Bible Insight–“Let The Bible Say What It Says” (Examination of a misunderstood text plus seven words of guidance in reading the Bible)

A Worker’s Prayer for Labor Day, 2014
For Labor Day we remember a (virtually unknown) hero
What Do We Mean By “The Will of God”?