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Ethics and Religion Talk: When Your Dreams Conflict with your Principles.

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-09-2019 under OPINION

Note: Several responses noted that it might depend on what the dreams and goals are, that it would have been helpful to have an example. Despite the vagueness of the question, I think the responses are excellent.] Fred Stella, the Pracharak (...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - Is Sexual Fantasy the same as Adultery?, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-02-2019 under OPINION

Eric writes, “My wife and I have been married for over 30 years. We have a wonderful relationship. The challenge is that all this time I’ve made it a point to keep physically fit. But my wife really has let herself go. She’s quite...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does God Listen to Prayer?, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-25-2019 under OPINION

[Note: The Ethics and Religion Talk panel shares four responses this week in addition to the four responses published two weeks ago.] Father Michael Nasser, who writes from an Eastern Christian perspective and is Pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is Sexual Fantasy the same as Adultery?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-18-2019 under OPINION

Eric K. writes, “My wife and I have been married for over 30 years. We have a wonderful relationship. The challenge is that all this time I’ve made it a point to keep physically fit. But my wife really has let herself go. She’s...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does God Listen to Prayer?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-11-2019 under OPINION

Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: “Most fundamental point about faith is, ‘What kind of our belief is about God, His powers and actions.’ My belief in God is that He is...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What if the Worship Leader Dresses Gay?, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-04-2019 under OPINION

Jose writes, “I’m a passionate student of the word. I’ve recently encountered a young man in church who leads worship. His attire and mannerism disconcert me. Those who do not know this young man personally will label him as gay....

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What if the Worship Leader Dresses Gay?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-29-2019 under OPINION

Jose writes, “I’m a passionate student of the word. I’ve recently encountered a young man in church who leads worship. His attire and mannerism disconcert me. Those who do not know this young man personally will label him as gay....

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Help! I Didn't Know About the Potluck!

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-21-2019 under OPINION

We welcome a new Ethics and Religion Talk panelist this week. Chris Curia is a writer and youth director at Fairway Christian Reformed Church. He has authored articles for several online publications, including Sojourners, Relevant, and the Network...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How to Handle Difficult Political Conversations

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-16-2019 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: Personally I think the best way to go about these conversations is to start by articulating your faith...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Money and Politics

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-02-2019 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “What has been come to be known as the caste system in Hinduism has influenced much of the rest of the world to take a dim view of the religion. One...

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