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Religious Freedom, the LGBT+ Community, Our Faith, and Our Hearts

Posted by Joseph Beckley , 10 August 2016 - - - - - - · 2469 views

I read an article Tuesday morning that distressed me.
I thought about just letting it go. I have a few friends who still aren’t talking to me much following previous posts on contemporary issues. It is certainly easier and less heartbreaking to simply be quiet. However I cannot do that. These issues, and their impact on our faith, are too important....


The Transgender Controversy, A Broken Heart, and a Faith I Am Having a Hard Time Recognizing

Posted by Joseph Beckley , 26 April 2016 - - - - - - · 1494 views

Yesterday I was posting some thoughts in a discussion group of which I am a part. I took a break from writing to have lunch and Debbie asked me what was wrong. What was wrong is that my heart was sad and breaking…not necessarily from anything being said, but rather from the division and animosity I see taking place among Jesus’ followers—a division and...


My Grandmother, 3 Friends, and a Faith I Am Having a Hard Time Understanding Anymore

Posted by Joseph Beckley , 06 April 2016 - - - - - - · 1646 views

Because of illness, I now use a chair lift to negotiate beautiful hardwood steps that take me from the main floor of our home to bed at night and then from the 2nd floor back again to begin my day each morning. Recently my son-in-law [who lovingly helps me with this task every day and every evening] was away at a conference. So a wonderful and caring fr...


The Sad Death of Rob Ford--praying for God's mercy

Posted by Joseph Beckley , 25 March 2016 - - - - - - · 1379 views

Good Friday 25 March 2016 Several days ago, it was to be a day of reading and writing. I have been working on translating and then writing commentaries of Romans 1, 1 Timothy 1, and 1 Corinthians 6…and also writing commentaries of several passages in Leviticus. Why? It is because I am tiring of divisive rhetoric and hurtful words. And it is becau...


Personal Reflections on a Great Man

Posted by Joseph Beckley , 16 March 2016 - * * * * * · 1072 views

To whomever is reading this I received an email this morning from my former district office that Dr. David Rambo had passed away. And my heart broke.

I will never understand why but David and Ruth Rambo befriended my wife and me over 30 years ago. Befriending Debbie I understand. But I was a simple minister who did not belong in the same room as he a...