Laws Cannot Stop Love

This week, not one, not two, but three states attempted to pass legislation under the guise of religious freedom that would allow business people, police, doctors, restaurants, teachers, etc. to refuse service to anyone whose lifestyle offends their religious beliefs. In both Kansas and Idaho, these bills passed in their Houses of Representatives but were…

Reduce Stress, Forgive Your Neighbor

As my Uncle Don likes to say, the Swan family descends from a group of very stubborn Swedes, the most stubborn of all being my grandmother. My grandmother was an interesting person. When she wanted to be, she could be the sweetest, most generous person one could ever meet. She and my grandfather had many…

We ARE the Salt of the Earth

I have to be honest, I have a hard time relating to this morning’s portion from the Sermon on the Mount. Growing up, my paternal grandmother taught the evils of salt. Salt was the enemy and caused hardening of the arteries. At Sunday dinners, when we would gather at the table, my grandmother would reinforce…

What Does God Require of You?

“Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel.” Based on these opening words from…