Author: Carl Kline

Causes

In most areas of our lives, if something isn’t working right, we try to discover the cause. So if I’m feeling a lot of pressure in my chest and upper torso, I might be moved to consider the reason. In fact, if it’s something new and powerful enough, I …

Faith

Former President Carter is interviewed in a recent article on the publication of a new book. The book, Faith: A Journey for All, is number forty seven that has come from his pen. In the interview he shares the kind of optimism that has probably helped …

Gratitude

It was a required course for my specialization in Seminary. My clinical pastoral education component was at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, in one of the New York City boroughs. It was a long subway ride from where we lived on Riverside Drive. The ride ga…

Everyday Nonviolence

I think every day we go through some type of confrontation with someone or some group of people but it takes strength and courage for a personto walk away and not fight back. I think going through school since kindergarten and being bullied has taught…

Meat

Once on the Cheyenne River Reservation I had the opportunity to visit with the keeper of their bison herd. It was shortly after one of the worst blizzards that area had seen in a long time. Hundreds of cattle died. The drifts were so high and hard, fen…

Immigration

The latest issue of The Christian Century had an article about how the Trump Administration is making some of the work of the Christian Church easier. Not that anybody asked. In fact, in this instance, Trump policies are decimating a significant minist…

Our Climate Future

There was a segment on the news last evening about the draught in Somalia. It is so severe that previously good grazing lands are now parched desert. Humanitarian organizations were predicting famine there in March of last year and it has only worsened…

Consequences

           Walter Brueggemann is a well known and well respected Old Testament scholar. I was listening to him on tape the other day, “Embracing the Prophets.” This is a six session study. The session t…

Singing

There’s a singing video making the rounds on social media. Apparently there are more than 12 million people who have viewed it. You see a teacher sitting on the bleachers at her school as a group of young people are singing to her. The children are smi…

Mountains

     “Our Ascent of the Everest” is the account of Sir Edmund Hillary, who along with Tenzing Norgay, became the first humans to set foot on that mountain peak. The book includes the initial climb in 1951 that established the possib…