While daylight helps many plants and animals grow and prosper, darkness offers an equally important time to rest.
As I Was Saying
This is The Banner's online opinion column, from a variety of different writers, published Fridays.
- February 24, 2023| |
Not much has changed since David’s day. There is still a famine of hope.
- February 10, 2023| |
The inner critic never quits. It has home field advantage on the terrain of sadness.
- February 3, 2023| |
I wonder about this named-yet-unknown quilt creator. Why did she craft this special quilt for our son?
- January 27, 2023| |
Singing together is an essential activity when we gather for worship, lifting the spirit and nourishing the soul. But sometimes the sacred shows up elsewhere.
- January 20, 2023| |
My ancestors were connected to the land in many ways, which connected them to the Creator.
- January 13, 2023| |
“There’s something about love that builds up and is creative,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. declared in a sermon. “There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive.”
- January 6, 2023| |
Seeing someone lift up their light inspires others to do the same.
- December 23, 2022| |
I used to resent reminders to pray. I took their reminders of prayer to mean they thought that I was somehow to blame.
- December 9, 2022| |
For 6-foot-8 people like myself, it’s a taste of heaven to be able to stretch out my long legs.
- November 25, 2022| |
When the wind of passion leaves our sails, we beat the oars.
- November 18, 2022| |
Although few today remember Alice’s story, historians recognize her as one of the first
people to use photography in a human rights campaign.
- November 11, 2022| |
In her one question, I felt listened to, cared for, and not alone—and our conversation continued for quite a while.
- November 4, 2022| |
If we refuse to keep each other’s company until our disputes have been settled, we will die alone.
- October 28, 2022| |
Every week hundreds of people shuffle past this quiet image, which captures everything essential the church wants to communicate.
- October 25, 2022| |
When our livelihood and community depend upon our ability to lead well, sharing openly that we are not doing well takes a leap of faith—sometimes an extraordinary one.
- October 21, 2022| |
How different my own mealtime prayers feel from the solemn longing of the men of Gondor. I suspect many of us might feel the same.
- October 14, 2022| |
Now that I am co-managing my own household with young kids, I wonder regularly, could my babysitter have been sincerely grateful for the atmosphere at my childhood home?
- October 7, 2022| |
These stories, some of which he told in his 1967 bestselling book God’s Smuggler, only scratch the surface of Andrew’s adventurous personality and the contributions he made to the church.
- September 23, 2022| |
As an officer of Synod 2022, I had a front-row seat to the heightened anxiety from all directions around these weighty matters.
- September 16, 2022| |
I signed up to volunteer with the resettling agency, remembering how I had been surrounded by immigrants daily as I navigated the streets of New York City.
- September 9, 2022| |
It strikes me that church picnics and potlucks are much like the church itself. The CRC is one denomination, but within it there are many flavors of congregations.
- September 2, 2022| |
The only crown of victory ever offered to the Christian is that of martyrdom. We were never called to win, only to testify.
- August 26, 2022| |
This belt was one way the early Iroquois people of eastern Canada preserved their way of governing and maintaining their laws.