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On Religion: Babylon bee wrestles with news, reality and satire

When it comes to mainstream journalism, it’s hard to imagine a stronger brand than The New Yorker. This prestigious magazine is, of course, also known for humor and cartoons. A recent satire feature proclaimed: “Chick-fil-A Introduces New Hate...

 

Out Our Way: Over the ridge - 1Corintians 2:6-9

Out our way, open country still has surprises from those who will ride over the ridge to take a look. Those who never look for nor see anything but the road they are on often miss incredible sights and experiences. For example, out by the Fort...

 

Out Our Way: After the Snows - 2 Thess. 1:3-5

Out our way, the winters can be harsh. Charlie Russell’s “Waiting for a Chinook” is a classic portrayal of that part of Montana life we all know. I can recall Alberta Clippers that dropped tons of snow and temperatures dropping to minus-40...

 

From the Chaplain: Would you wish that on anyone?

I stumbled on a mini-revelation recently. I had heard about a tragic situation and I thought: “I wouldn’t wish that on … ” — and I thought of someone. I stopped and considered: “Is there someone I hold in such disregard that I would wish...

 

Pastor's Corner: The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane as expressed in our lives

I am not sure if you have noticed, but sometimes life is really hard. Often our personal choices — good or bad — lead us to a place of discomfort, emotional and physical struggle and sense of loss. Sometimes it seems life just hands out misery...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, sometimes the wind moans and groans and whistles as it gently flaps the curtains at the open window which we like to have open a bit during this summer season. We know some older folks who in fact seem to know how to read the moods an...

 

Out Our Way: You called, Lord? - Luke 5:32

Out our way, “Pride goeth before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18) is not mere Bible thumping but a reality every cowhand knows. Some can learn it from wise older hands and some of us have to learn it by hard knocks. I fear I have been in the latter...

 

From the Chaplain: The value of senior ministry

In September of 2018 I had the good fortune of becoming the chaplain of Northern Montana Health Care. My duties are primarily in the Northern Montana Care Center, the long-term care facility. In my 31 years of pastoral ministry I didn’t get as...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, it was surprising to discover that some of us have incorrect blinking habits. There are even exercises designed to develop correct blinking so that the fluid movement of the eye lids prevents dry eyes. That’s when “time” or...

 

Pastor's Corner: Thankful for U.S.A. citizenship

I just returned from a vacation in Florida, where we spent time with our youngest son, who is stationed there in the U.S. Navy. While there, I spent a significant amount of time soaking in outside hot tubs. During one of those soaking times, I ended...

 

Out Our Way: Check your back trail

Out our way, you can ride for miles over some beautiful country and just enjoy the scenery — but suddenly realize you have no idea where you are or how to get home. Years ago, out in the EmpireRanch in Wyoming, my friend and mentor Elsie told me...

 

Pastor's Corner: Thoughts and prayers

Jesus says, “I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life.” As I write this, I am still struggling to work through my own grief and anger after three more mass shootings this week in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio. I have attended...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, now and then things just happen that are very pleasing to the eyes — well, maybe pleasing to all of our senses. One can’t help but pause and simply stand in wonderment about Your creation. It really is a shame we don’t notice th...

 

Grief Poem - Hold on

“Hold On! Hold On”! That’s what “they” say to those of us who grieve. We’re s’pposed to grasp this life down here, though we just want to leave.   We could pretend stars are peepholes which only “work” one way. Those gone ahead cou...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, if we’re not getting our share of happiness and success out of life, maybe we ought to try these on for size — source unknown — just sharing. First: Realize that we’re put on earth for a purpose. We’re not just born, we can...

 

Pastor's corner: Relational God

The Word of God teaches us to love the Lord your God and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22: 37-39). Love is the thread that ties the narrative of Scripture together — God’s unconditional and radical love for us and the witnesses of...

 

Out Our Way - Charlie on the Ridge

Out our way, especially when I was just learning to cowboy with Charlie, I was confused by all the various cattle trails that crisscross the Tiger Ridge area. More than once I found I had been following the wrong trail and there as nothing for it...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, it is entertaining and amusing to look up Bizarre and Unique Holidays. July does have some interesting ones. For instance, last week was Peach Ice Cream Day. Not every one has tried that flavor, right, Sister Sal? Oh, maybe you and yo...

 

Pastor's Corner: Trust in your and the world's transformation

Children gathered each morning this week to learn about God, play games, eat snacks and sing songs at the vacation bible school hosted at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic and First Lutheran churches. All week long, worship, work and play focused around...

 

Out Our Way: The cowboy's journal

Out our way, most folks know that a cowboy’s hat is not an affectation, but a statement of who the owner is. Buying a new hat at the ranch wear store is like buying a blank journal. The pages are blank at first, but in time the book is filled. At...

 

Out Our Way: I am talking to you! - Exodus 20:1-21

Out our way, like everywhere else, there are good days and bad. For the past few years, as many of you know, I have faced a great many hard times. A common theme in this column is me getting tossed from Doc’s back and hitting Terra Firma with a...

 

Pastor's Corner: 'The Lord is my rock'

Last week, I talked about the beauty of creation and I challenged you each day to ask yourself, “where I have seen God today?” Don’t get me wrong, we are surrounded by God’s beautiful country! But as we all know, creation can have a...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, while riffling — or thumbing — through some papers, up popped a prayer for vacations. There should be a prayer for everything; absolutely everything should be bathed in prayers, so with that in mind, here we go: A Prayer for Vaca...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our co...

 

Facing the many religious tensions in the modern workplace

Americans wrestling with religious conflicts in the workplace need to start by doing some math. Right now, about 157 million Americans work full time. Meanwhile, a 2013 study by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding found that 36 perc...

 

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