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After turning 40 ... life was different

My first born had become a teenager, and because of the different ages of our children back then, 14, 9, 6 and 1, two decades have included forgiving the parents whom I had misjudged for their parenting skills. I still continue to experience the vulnerability of not knowing what to expect and the surprises that come from learning that your own fresh and blood is uniquely created beyond the physical resemblance that might exist.

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Oasis Church welcomes refugees

Refugees from Congo, Rwanda and Uganda have found a spiritual home at Oasis Seventh Day Adventist Church. After the Saturday worship service together, refugees hold their own service in Kinyarwanda.

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Worshipping in Swahili in Boise: African Fellowship

An enthusiastic and ardent congregation, consisting of mostly refugees, meets Sunday afternoons for worship in Swahili. While some congregation members go to Sunday morning English-speaking services, many do not understand enough English, so evangelist Jean Bangerere founded African Fellowship. The Fellowship is celebrating its second anniversary in November and includes a kids' program and choir that meets several times a week after school. "It's growing, by God's glory," says Bangerere.

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Family relationships require due diligence

One of the hallmarks of a strong and vital community is the strength of its families. The family has been increasingly recognized nationally and internationally as a critical stabilizing force politically, economically and culturally.

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Jews on Jesus: He’s there, but he has no role for us

In over three decades of speaking with churches, schools, civic organizations and other non-Jewish groups, the single question I have been asked far more frequently than any other is this: “What do Jews think of Jesus?” While my response has evolved over the years, and still depends a bit upon the context of the encounter, my best, most authentic answer is simple: “We don’t.” For the most part, Jews don’t think about Jesus at all. He has no part to play in our religious tradition. Yes, according to Christian Scripture, he was Jewish. But within the framework of Jewish Scripture and practice, he just does not exist, for good or for bad.

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Torah and Quran offer different perspectives rather than being at odds

At the end of June, the Cathedral of the Rockies sponsored an interfaith panel discussion on the role and place of Moses in the three Abrahamic faiths. Rabbi Dan Fink, the Rev. Duane Anders and I took turns discussing this important character in each of our scriptures. Notwithstanding the importance of Moses in Judaism, this prophet also plays an important role in both Christianity and Islam.

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After a journey, a shift in priorities

“ ... I am going to watch the first half and then go home and watch the Broncos game on TV,” a friend, BJ Rhode, Eagle High School Junior Varsity Football coach and a former Broncos quarterback, announced as we entered the Meridian football field, where my son, a senior, was to play that night. I had no clue my beloved Boise State University football team was even playing a game that day.

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Pray whenever, with specificity

Earlier this month while grocery shopping, I engaged in conversation with another shopper for a few minutes. She noticed the big, ugly, black post-surgery boot I was limping around in and asked the status of my foot. I assured her that things were going well, and in response she asked for my name — so that she could pray for me by name.

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Oasis Church welcomes refugees

Refugees from Congo, Rwanda and Uganda have found a spiritual home at Oasis Seventh Day Adventist Church. After the Saturday worship service together, refugees hold their own service in Kinyarwanda.
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Oasis Church welcomes refugees 2:27

Oasis Church welcomes refugees

Worshipping in Swahili in Boise: African Fellowship 2:37

Worshipping in Swahili in Boise: African Fellowship

Boise Muslims celebrate one of the faith's major holidays 1:50

Boise Muslims celebrate one of the faith's major holidays

Angel Moroni placed atop new Meridian LDS Temple 2:33

Angel Moroni placed atop new Meridian LDS Temple